Interstate 75 south
One mile ahead of Exit 368 with County Road 318 on I-75 south. The rural community of Orange Lake lies on the southwest side of Orange Lake along U.S. 441, centered 1.1 miles north of the intersection with CR 318. 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 Road 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 CR 318 takes motorists to U.S. 301 and the community of Citra before turning northeast to end at Putnam County Road 315 at the settlement of Orange Springs. Photo taken 07/02/11.
A 9.5 mile exit less stretch extends southward 9.5 miles from Marion County Road 318 (Exit 368) to Florida 326 at Zuber. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The wye interchange with Florida's Turnpike (SR 91) to Orlando lies 38 miles ahead at Exit 328. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south meets Florida 326 (Exit 358) in one mile. Florida 326 acts as a northern bypass of Ocala, connecting I-75 with Florida 40 east of Silver Springs. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The diamond interchange with SR 326 was expanded in the latter part of the 1990's with a loop ramp added from SR 326 west to I-75 south. Exit 358 is one of the major travel stops along the interstate in the Ocala area, as fuel and food services are found on all quadrants of the exchange. SR 326 east connects with SR 40 and Ormond Beach along the Interstate 95 corridor. SR 326 west becomes CR 326 as it links I-75 with U.S. 27, and eventually with U.S. 41 in Morriston and Levy County. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 advances south across western reaches Ocala, meeting U.S. 27 at the succeeding exit in three miles. Downtown Tampa is now within 100 miles. 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 the city from the west. Florida 200 crosses into Ocala from the southwest. All three routes meet I-75 along a four mile stretch. Established in 1846, Ocala is the county seat of Marion County. Photo taken 07/02/11.
U.S. 27 angles northwest from Ocala to connect with Williston and U.S. 41 in nearby Levy County. The four-lane highway passes thoroughbred and crop farms along the way. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Exit 354 leaves I-75 south for U.S. 27. U.S. 27 follows NW 10th Street east into Ocala, combining with U.S. 301 and 401 south into Downtown. The three U.S. highways run concurrent southward to Belleview, where U.S. 301 departs for Wildwood. U.S. 27/441 continue southeast toward Lady Lake and their split at Leesburg. 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. The state road bisects Ocala and the Ocala National Forest en route to Florida A1A in Ormond Beach in Volusia County. Marion County Road 40 extends west from U.S. 41 into Levy County where the route crosses U.S. 19/98 in Inglis. CR 40 spurs west to Yankeetown and a boat ramp near the south end of Withlacoochee Bay. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 40 heads 2.8 miles east from Exit 352 directly into Downtown Ocala. 5.5 miles east from Ocala, the state road passes through Silver Springs. 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.
I-75 runs south between frontage roads from SR 40 one mile to Exit 350 with SR 200. SR 200 begins 21.6 miles to the southwest in nearby Citrus County at U.S. 41 in Hernando. The state road enters Marion County across the Withlacoochee River and continues northeast, expanding into a multi-lane divided arterial near CR 484. Exit 350 was previously numbered Exit 68 before the state wide renumbering. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Exit 350 departs Interstate 75 south for Florida 200 (College Road). Florida 200 angles 3.5 miles northeast along SW 10th Street to combine with U.S. 27/301/441. The state road extends north as the hidden counterpart for U.S. 301 to U.S. 1 /23 in Callahan, Nassau County. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Leaving the Ocala area, Interstate 75 continues nine miles to CR 484 and 20 miles to Florida's Turnpike at Wildwood. Photo taken 07/02/11.
A rest area on I-75 south lies midway between Florida 200 (Exit 350) and CR 484 (Exit 341). The succeeding rest area along Interstate 75 south follows in 38 miles beyond County Road 476B (Exit 309) near the Sumter-Hernando county line. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south approaches CR 484 in one mile. CR 484 extends 9.2 miles west from Exit 341 to SR 200, and 20 miles to U.S. 41, CR 40 and CR 336 in Dunnellon. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Belleview lies eight miles northeast of Interstate 75 via Marion County Road 484. The first segment of the at-grade Belleview Bypass opened in 2008. The 2.6 mile, four-line alignment of SE 132nd Street Road branches east from CR 484 east from SE 47th Avenue to U.S. 27 & 441. Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing lies on the southeast quadrant of Exit 341. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 75 south after the entrance ramp from County Road 484. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Back to back ramps depart I-75 in ten miles for SR 44 at Wildwood and Florida's Turnpike. The Turnpike connects Interstate 75 south with the metropolitan areas of Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. The toll road also provides the most direct route from l-75 to the Orlando area theme parks. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The second weigh station along southbound Interstate 75 lies 2.6 miles ahead of the Sumter County line. The succeeding facility lies 179 miles further between Exits 161 and 158 in Charlotte County. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south enters Sumter County 6.4 miles north of Florida 44 (Exit 329). The county was formed in 1853 and named for Thomas Sumter, a general of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Photo taken 07/02/11.


 


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07/02/11 by AARoads

Page Updated 10-28-2011.