Interstate 75 south
Interstate 75 enters Florida and Hamilton County near mile-marker 471. Construction projects through 2019 complete six-lane expansion of the entire freeway between the Georgia line and Exit 101 in Collier County. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The Florida Welcome Center is located southbound near mile-marker 469. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Southbound I-75 at the rest area off-ramp. Florida Welcome Centers offer travelers complimentary Florida orange or grapefruit juice. Official state highway maps are also available at the tourist information center upon request. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The first interchange for I-75 in the Sunshine State is Exit 467 with Florida 143. The state road connects I-75 with the rural community of Jennings located along U.S. 41. CR 143 continues west and south ten miles to link with Florida 6 in the western part of Hamilton County. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Florida 143 leads east from Exit 467 to Jennings, where the state road ends at U.S. 41 opposite Hamilton County Road 141 south. U.S. 41 stays east of I-75 from the Valdosta, Georgia south to Lake City. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The town of Jennings lies 1.5 miles east of the diamond interchange (Exit 467) joining Interstate 75 with Florida 143. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The first reassurance marker for Interstate 75 south in Florida stands along an area of wetlands beyond Jennings. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 75 advances southeast six miles to State Road 6 to the town of Jasper. Tampa lies 201 miles further south. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Mileage signs outline the distances to other Interstate highways and Florida's Turnpike were added by the mid-2000s throughout the state. Interstate 10 travels 362.3 miles west from Jacksonville and the First Coast to the Emerald Coast and Pensacola. Interstate 275 branches southwest from I-75 to Tampa Bay in 189 miles. Photo taken 09/28/08.
SR 6 measures 26.1 miles between U.S. 90 near the city of Madison and U.S. 41 in the city of Jasper. Photo taken 08/07/13.
One mile out from the diamond interchange (Exit 460) with Florida 6 on I-75 south. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Home to over 4,500, Jasper, seat of Hamilton County, lies six miles to the east. Suwannee River State Park can be reached using Florida 6 west. Photo taken 08/07/13.
A reassurance marker after Florida 6 and Exit 460. U.S. 129 lies eight miles further toward the southeast. Photo taken 08/07/13.
U.S. 129 is a major north-south highway measuring 582 miles in length. Its southern terminus lies in Chiefland at U.S. 19 and 98 with a northern terminus at Interstate 40 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 75 crosses the Alapaha River as it progresses southeastward toward U.S. 129. The 190 mile river is a tributary of the Suwannee River, beginning in Dooly County, Georgia and meandering its way toward the Suwannee. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Approaching U.S. 129 and Exit 451. The four-ramp parclo interchange connects Interstate 75 with Live Oak to the south while also providing a return trip toward Jasper to the north. Photo taken 08/07/13.
U.S. 129 originates 74 miles to the south at U.S. 19 and U.S. 98 in Chiefland. Making its way north through four counties before exiting into south Georgia, the U.S. highway shares brief overlaps with U.S. 27 near Branford and with U.S. 41 near Jasper. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Exit 451 leaves Interstate 75 south for U.S. 129. U.S. 129 ventures 8.4 miles south to Interstate 10 on the northern outskirts of Live Oak. There the route expands into a commercial arterial through to Downtown. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 75 traverses more swamp land at an elevation of around 150 feet above sea level south of Jasper. The area to the east is home to a number of phosphate mines. Photo taken 08/07/13.
A weigh station awaits commercial truckers about 2.8 miles south of Exit 451. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 75 enters an 11-mile exit less stretch as it continues southeast toward Lake City and the cross roads with Interstate 10. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The weigh station is the first of two stops for most truckers in Hamilton County, as a subsequent agricultural inspection station lies two miles further south. Photo taken 08/07/13.
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All commercial trucks, vehicles towing commercial trailers, rented trucks including moving trucks and vans, and cargo vans must enter the agricultural inspection station. Photos taken 08/07/13.
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Interstate 75 spans the Suwannee River, which is the dividing line between Hamilton and Suwannee counties. The 266 mile river begins in the Okefenokee swamp in south Georgia and snakes its way southwestward to the Gulf of Mexico. The river was made famous for being in Stephen Foster's "Old Folks at Home" song. Photos taken 08/07/13.
Florida 136 meets Interstate 75 along its 3.7 miles course through Suwannee County. The route provides access to nearby White Springs lying to the east and west to Live Oak. The state maintains control over the portion from Exit 439 east to White Springs while the remaining portion is county maintained. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Florida 136 extends 3.4 miles east of Interstate 75 to end at U.S. 41 on the west side of White Springs just across the Suwannee River. The river also acts as the county line boundary between Suwannee and Hamilton Counties.
Live Oak is situated 11 miles west of the interstate and is the county seat for Suwannee County. It is also the crossroads for U.S. 90 and U.S. 129. There a second portion of Suwannee County 136 ends at U.S. 129, a few blocks south of U.S. 90. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Leaving the parclo B2 interchange with Florida 136, Interstate 75 angles southeast through a wooded area preceding Tiger Branch. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Southbound travelers are now just three miles out from the rural junction with Interstate 10 (Exit 435). Traffic counts increase southward from I-10 on the 165-mile drive to I-275. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Motorists along I-75 south cross the Columbia County line within one mile of Exit 439. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Ten miles to the northwest of Lake City, the directional-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 435) with Interstate 10 lies two miles ahead. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 10 is a transcontinental interstate stretching 2,460 miles from Interstate 95 in Jacksonville to California 1 in Santa Monica, California, near the edge of the Pacific Ocean. I-10 enters Florida from Alabama near the city of Pensacola, continuing eastward north of Eglin Air Force Base and skirting the northern edge of the state capital, Tallahassee. The interstate ends its 362.82 mile trek across the panhandle and Northeast Florida near downtown Jacksonville at Interstate 95. Photo taken 08/07/13.
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One ramp facilitates movement from southbound Interstate 75 onto Interstate 10 proper. Motorists wanting Interstate 10 east to Jacksonville continue ahead and enter the interstate via a left-hand entrance ramp. Curving right will lead motorists onto I-10 west toward Tallahassee, lying 80 miles beyond Exit 435. Photo taken 08/07/13. Second photo taken 09/28/08.
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Downtown Lake City is situated southeast of Exit 435 along U.S. 90. Ocala makes its first guide sign appearance after Interstate 10, while Interstate 75 advances ever closer to Tampa and the greater suncoast area of Florida. Florida's Turnpike lies 30 miles south of Ocala and beelines to Orlando. Photos taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 approaches the western edge of Lake City and U.S. 90 at Exit 427. The U.S. route parallels Interstate 10 through all of Florida. Photo taken 07/02/11.
One of two interchanges to serve Lake City, Exit 427 provides a direct link with downtown Lake City via U.S. 90 east. The highway between the interstate and downtown is also the main commercial thoroughfare for the area. Live Oak, county seat of nearby Suwannee County, lies 20 miles to the west of the diamond interchange. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The second interchange for Lake City along I-75 south joins the freeway with Florida 47 at Exit 423. Gainesville lies to the east of Interstate 75 along the U.S. 441 corridor in Alachua County and is home to the University of Florida. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 47 intersects Interstate 75 south at Exit 423 southwest of Lake City. The state route spokes from U.S. 41 south of downtown Lake City as a four-lane arterial, but narrows down to a two-lane rural route immediately south of the interchange on its way to Fort White and Trenton. The route secretly joins U.S. 41 in Lake City and runs silently in tandem with U.S. 441 north to the Georgia state line. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Fort White is located 15 miles southwest of its junction with Interstate 75 and Exit 423. It also lies east of Ichetucknee Springs State Park, one of the many natural springs in the area. The park is accessible via U.S. 27, which crosses Florida 47 in Fort White, or via Columbia County 238 west. Florida 47 ends further south in Gilchrist County north of Trenton at U.S. 129. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 75 south of Exit 423. The interstate leaves the Lake City area for Gainesville and points south. Photo taken 07/02/11.
U.S. 41 and U.S. 441 share a multiplex from downtown Lake City to downtown High Springs, where U.S. 441 splits southeast toward Alachua and Gainesvile. U.S. 41 picks up U.S. 27 and continues south through Alachua County toward Williston. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south approaches U.S. 41 and U.S. 441 at Exit 414. Both U.S. routes share separate overlaps with U.S. 27, U.S. 92, U.S. 98, and U.S. 301 while continuing south through the length of the peninsula. I-75 is exit less for 11 miles until Alachua County 236 at Exit 404. Photo taken 07/02/11.
O'leno State Park and River Rise Preserve State Park both reside along U.S. 41 and U.S. 441 south about 6 miles south of Interstate 75 and Exit 414, offering many amenities such as camping, fishing and hiking. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Alachua 236 is the next interchange for Interstate 75 south. The county route links the interstate with High Springs and Florida 121 in the community of Santa Fe. Gainesville is now within a half-hour reach. Photo taken 07/02/11.
A standard rest area two miles south of Exit 414 allows motorists the chance for a break along the often busy six-lane interstate. Another rest area south of Florida 121 (Exit 382) in Gainesville will greet motorists 29 miles ahead. Interstate 75 south crosses the Santa Fe river into Alachua County in 4.1 miles. Photo taken 09/28/08.


 


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09/28/08, 07/02/11, 08/07/13 by AARoads

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Page Updated 12-17-2013.