Interstate 75 south
Interstate 75 south approaches the first exit within Marion County at Exit 368 (Marion County 318). The town of Orange Lake lies on the southwest banks of Orange Lake along U.S. 441, about 1.1 miles north of its intersection with the county route. Marion County was founded in 1844 and has become one of the major thoroughbred horse centers of the world. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Marion County 318 west connects Interstate 75 with U.S. 27 and Williston in adjoining Levy County. Williston lies 12 miles from the diamond interchange. Heading east on Marion County 318 takes motorists to U.S. 301 and the town of Citra before turning northeast to end at Putnam County 315 in the small community of Orange Springs. Photo taken 07/02/11.
South of Marion County 318 (Exit 368) Interstate 75 continues toward Ocala. Florida 326 will encounter the interstate in 9 miles. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The split to Orlando occurs at the "Y" interchange with Florida's Turnpike (hidden Florida 91) at Exit 328. The next major freeway to freeway connection occurs with Interstate 275 (Exit 274) north of the Tampa area. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south will meet Florida 326 (Exit 358) in one mile. Florida 326 acts as a northern bypass of Ocala for those wishing to avoid Florida 40 east through downtown. Florida 326 connects with Florida 40 east of Silver Springs. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 326 originally consisted of a standard diamond, but in the latter part of the 1990's the interchange was modified to allow motorists on westbound Florida 326 loop onto Interstate 75 south. Exit 358 is one of the major travel stops along the interstate in the Ocala area, as fuel and food services inhabit all quadrants of the interchange. Take Florida 326 east to connect with Florida 40 and Ormond Beach along the Interstate 95 corridor. Florida 326 west quickly becomes Marion County 326 linking I-75 with U.S. 27, and eventually with U.S. 41 in Morriston (Levy County). Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 continues south into the outskirts of the Ocala area. The interstate will next meet U.S. 27 at Exit 354. Downtown Tampa is getting ever close, now within 100 miles of travel. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The next three exits connect Interstate 75 south with the city of Ocala. U.S. 27 approaches Ocala from the northwest, while Florida 40 directly enters Ocala from the west. Florida 200 crosses into Ocala from the southwest. All three routes intersect the interstate within four miles of each other. Ocala is the county seat of Marion County and was established in 1846. Photo taken 07/02/11.
U.S. 27 (Exit 354) is the first of three interchanges Interstate 75 south encounters as it passes through the western portion of Ocala. The U.S. highway stems northwest from the interstate to connect with Williston and U.S. 41 in nearby Levy County, passing thoroughbred and crop farms along the way. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south meets U.S. 27 and Exit 354. U.S. 27 south continues southeast from the interstate to encounter U.S. 301 and U.S. 441 north of downtown Ocala. The three U.S. highways are concurrent through Ocala southward to Belleview, where U.S. 301 departs for Wildwood and points further south. U.S. 27 and U.S. 441 continues southeast toward Lady Lake and Leesburg, where the two depart. The two U.S. highways will intersect one more time in downtown Miami mere blocks from the southern terminus of U.S. 27. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Nine-tenths of a mile separate U.S. 27 from Florida 40 and Exit 352 along Interstate 75 south. Florida 40 is a transpeninsular route beginning at U.S. 41 in Dunnellon, bisects Ocala and the Ocala National Forest before ending at Florida A1A in Ormond Beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Marion County 40 extends west from U.S. 41 into Levy County where the route crosses U.S. 19 and U.S. 98 in Inglis, continuing west to Yankeetown and ultimately ends at a boat ramp near the south end of Withlacoochee Bay near the Gulf of Mexico. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 40 heads east from Interstate 75 and Exit 352 directly into downtown Ocala, lying 2.8 miles east of the interchange. The state route passes through Silver Springs, which lies 5.5 miles from Ocala, on its way to the Ocala National Forest and Ormond Beach. Silver Springs is home to one of the largest artesian spring formations in the world as well as the Silver Springs Nature Theme Park, famous for their glass bottom boat tours. Ocala National Forest is the second largest national forest in the state, as well as the southernmost national forest in the continental United States. Photo taken 07/02/11.
South of Florida 40 (Exit 352), Interstate 75 will next encounter Florida 200 and Exit 350. Florida 200 begins 21.6 miles to the southwest in nearby Citrus County at an intersection with U.S. 41 in Hernando. The state highway enters Marion County on the north side of the Withlacoochee River and continues northeast toward I-75 and Ocala, becoming a multi-lane divided highway near Marion County 484. In the former sequential-numbered exit based system, Florida 200 intersected Interstate 75 at Exit 68, with Florida 40 and U.S. 27 being Exit 69 and Exit 70, respectively. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Motorists prepare to depart for Florida 200 and Exit 350. Florida 200 east continues northeast from Interstate 75 to merge with the triplex of U.S. 27, U.S. 301, and U.S. 441. The state route silently runs tandem with U.S. 301 before emerging once more at U.S. 1 and U.S. 23 in the town of Callahan (Nassau County), located 20.1 miles northwest of Jacksonville. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Leaving the Ocala area, Interstate 75 continues toward Florida's Turnpike (Exit 328) and beyond. The east-west Marion County 484 will intersect I-75 at Exit 341. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Situated between Florida 200 (Exit 350) and Marion County 484 (Exit 341), a rest area prepares to greet motorists. The next rest area along Interstate 75 south will occur in 38 miles south of Sumter County 476 (Exit 309) near the Sumter-Hernando county line. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south approaches Marion County 484 (Exit 341) in one mile. The county route extends west from the interstate to cross over Florida 200 before ending 20 miles away in Dunnellon at an intersection with U.S. 41, Marion County 40, and Marion County 336. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Belleview lies east of Interstate 75 and is reached via Marion County 484. In 2008, a new 2.6 mile four-line alignment of Marion County 484 opened to traffic between SE 47th Avenue and U.S. 27 & 441 southeast of Belleview. Motorists can still take the former Marion County 484 route north to downtown Belleview. Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is located just to the east of Exit 341. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 75 south after Marion County 484 (Exit 341). The interstate continues to push southward toward the greater Tampa area. Florida 44 will meet Interstate 75 in 10 miles at Exit 329, immediately north of the split with Florida's Turnpike (Exit 328). Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida's Turnpike (toll) connects Interstate 75 south with the metropolitan areas of Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Use Florida's Turnpike south to reach all theme parks in the greater Orlando-Kissimmee area. Commercial trucks are prohibited from traveling in the left lane until Florida 44 (Exit 329). Photo taken 07/02/11.
Before reaching the Sumter county line 2.6 miles ahead, commercial truckers pass by the second weigh station along the Interstate 75 corridor. The next weigh station along the interstate is situated in Charlotte County between Exit 161 and Exit 158, some 179 miles to the south. Photo taken 07/02/11.


 


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07/02/11 by AARoads

Page Updated 10-28-2011.