Interstate 75 south
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.
Interstate 75 meets Florida 44 at Exit 329, 4.4 miles west of Downtown Wildwood. The state road ventures 15 miles west to Inverness and U.S. 41 near the shores of Henderson Lake in Citrus County. Following a short concurrency with U.S. 41, Florida 44 resumes a westward heading to Crystal River and its terminus at U.S. 19 and U.S. 98. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 44 measures 115.2 miles in length as it crosses the peninsula. Beginning in Crystal River, the route stretches east traveling through Lecanto and Inverness before reaching Sumter County and Interstate 75. East of Exit 329, Florida 44 continues toward Leesburg and U.S. 441. The route emerges from an implied overlap with U.S. 441 at Eustis, extending northeast to DeLand. Florida 44 eventually ends at U.S. 1 in Downtown New Smyrna Beach. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Motorists reach the dual-lane off-ramp for Florida 44 and adjacent fuel services at Exit 329. The upcoming Florida's Turnpike provides fuel options at eight service plazas strategically placed along the tolled facility. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south approaches the wye interchange (Exit 328) with Florida's Turnpike (SR 91) south. The toll road branches southeast to the greater Orlando area and South Florida. I-75 stays to the west en route to Tampa Bay and to Southwest Florida. Photo taken 07/02/11.
A $68.5 million project through spring 2019 addresses the weaving traffic pattern between SR 44 at Wildwood and the southbound split with Florida's Turnpike. Previously anticipated to start in 2015, the three-year project adds a distributor roadway for the SR 44 entrance ramp and flyover linking it with the toll road south.1 Photo taken 07/02/11.
A two-lane left exit departs Interstate 75 south for Florida's Turnpike at Exit 328. The Turnpike travels 53 miles southeast to Orlando, while I-75 continues 54 miles to split with I-275 at the Hillsborough county line. Photo taken 07/02/11.
South of the split with Florida's Turnpike (Exit 328), Interstate 75 continues toward the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. St. Petersburg is reached via Interstate 275 and the Howard Franklin Bridge. The interstate forms a 60 mile city loop, providing direct access to the downtowns of both Tampa and St. Petersburg before crossing the Sunshine Skyway along with U.S. 19 into Manatee County, where Interstate 275 meets back up with Interstate 75. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Two mile guide sign for Sumter County 470. The county road serves nearby Sumterville along the U.S. 301 corridor and the community of Lake Panasoffkee to the northwest of the upcoming interchange. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south traverses swamp and wetland areas surrounding Lake Panasoffkee on the approach to SR 470 east and CR 470 west. Due to frequent accidents that caused long delays on this portion of I-75, the viaduct over the swamp was modified in the late 1990's from twin narrow bridges (with no shoulders) to interstate grade, complete with emergency shoulders and with the provision of an additional lane in each direction. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The interstate reaches the off-ramp for Sumter County 470 and Exit 321. Sumterville lies 2.9 miles to the east and is connected via Sumter County 470 east and U.S. 301 south. Lake Panasoffkee is situated on the west side of its namesake lake 2.9 miles northwest of the diamond interchange. Sumter County 475 stems south from Sumter County 470 at the interchange ending 6 miles later at Florida 48 in Bushnell. The county route parallels a rail line for the entire stretch between CR 470 and Bushnell. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Florida 48 (Exit 314) lies ahead as Interstate 75 makes its way south through central Sumter County. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Interstate 75 south will encounter Florida 48 (Exit 314) in one mile. The state road exists between the interstate and U.S. 301 in Bushnell with Sumter County 48 stemming west 12.2 miles to end at U.S. 41 in Floral City. The route ultimately ends 27.4 miles east of the interstate at Florida 19 in the community of Howey-In-The-Hills, situated along Little Lake Harris in Lake County. As it treks east and northeast, Florida 48 passes through Center Hill and Okahumpka en route to Florida 19. Photo taken 07/02/11.
The diamond interchange with Florida 48 (Exit 314) has seen commercial growth over the last decade as Bushnell, the county seat of Sumter County, is slowly spreading west toward the interstate and beyond. Use Florida 48 west to reach U.S. 41 and use Florida 48 east to connect with U.S. 301, U.S. 27 and Florida 19. Photo taken 07/02/11.
Leading away from Bushnell, Interstate 75 progress southwest through a mixture of agricultural and timber land. The $77.0 million widening of the southern 13.08 mile section of I-75 in Sumter County was completed in spring 2018.2 Photo taken 11/21/16.
The succeeding interchange is with CR 476B and CR 673 in 4.5 miles. This mileage sign design predates the addition of Exit 309, instead listing the lone Hernando County exit with U.S. 98 & SR 50 (Cortez Boulevard) in 11 miles. The split with I-275 south follows in 39 miles. Photo taken 05/29/17.
Interstate 75 spans Gum Slough midway between the CR 476 over crossing and Exit 309 to Webster. Photo taken 11/21/16.
One mile north of the parclo interchange (Exit 309) with CR 476B west and CR 673 east on I-75 southbound. Photo taken 05/29/17.
CR 476B stems 3.2 miles south from CR 476 to Florida National Cemetery and Interstate 75. CR 476B becomes CR 673 east from Exit 309 four miles to U.S. 301. Photo taken 05/29/17.
Prior to 2016-17 widening of I-75 in southern Sumter County, guide signs for Exit 309 referenced County Road 476 for Webster. CR 476 crossed over I-75 on the outskirts of Bushnell without direct access. Webster lies 9.5 miles to the east of Exit 309 via a combination of CR 673, U.S. 301 and CR 478. Photo taken 11/21/16.
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Pentagons for CR 673 north and CR 476B west appear along the off-ramp at Exit 309. The rural city of Webster is home of the Webster Westside Flea Market. Located by the intersection of Florida 471 and Sumter County Road 478, the flea market is one of the largest in the state. Photos taken 09/02/13.
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South from Exit 309, Interstate 75 enters the Croom Wildlife Management Area of Withlacoochee State Forest. Rest areas line both sides of the freeway along this stretch. Photo taken 05/29/17. Second photo taken 11/21/16.
Reassurance marker posted at the SW 113th Place underpass. Photo taken 11/21/16.
Motorists depart for the Sumter County rest area. The ensuing rest area along Interstate 75 southbound is between Pasco County Road 54 (Exit 279) and Florida 56 (Exit 275) in 29.4 miles. Photo taken 11/21/16.
Interstate 75 south enters Hernando County between mile markers 306 and 307 crosses the northern end of Silver Lake. The lake is part of the Withlacoochee River system, which meanders 141 miles from the Green Swamp east of Polk City northwest to the Gulf of Mexico near Yankeetown. Photo taken 09/02/13.


 

Sources:

  1. "Turnpike/I-75 interchange in line for $68.5M upgrade." Orlando Sentinel (FL), August 24, 2016.
  2. SR 93 (I-75) from Hernando County Line to CR 470 242626-2. Florida Department of Transportation, District 5 project web page.


Photo Credits:

07/02/11, 09/02/13, 11/21/16, 05/29/17 by AARoads

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Page Updated 08-07-2018.