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Parts of I-75 are shut down due to rising Myakka River

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I-75 was backed up for miles in both directions Friday, Sept. 30, after the rising Myakka River forced the closure of the road between mile marker 179 and mile marker 191 in southwest Florida. The northbound lanes are seen here.

Due to the rising Myakka River, I-75 is shut down in both directions from mile marker 179 (North Port / Toledo Blade Blvd) to mile marker 191 (Englewood / Jacaranda Blvd).

UPDATE: I-75 reopened over the Myakka River in Sarasota County on Saturday around 4 p.m.

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Drivers in Sarasota County are facing major headaches as a long stretch of I-75 is closed due to the rising Myakka River.

The road is no longer safe for drivers, so it was shut down in both directions from mile marker 179 (North Port / Toledo Blade Blvd) to mile marker 191 (Englewood / Jacaranda Blvd).

Drivers planning on traveling on I-75 to southwest Florida should seek an alternative route or follow the detours suggested by the Florida Department of Transportation:

Motorists traveling southbound on I-75:

  • A detour will be established at exit 257 (Brandon) to re-route motorists east on S.R. 60 to U.S. 98.
  • If a motorist chooses to continue southbound on I-75, they will only be able to travel as far as exit 191 (Englewood / Jacaranda Blvd.).
  • At exit 191, motorists will be forced to exit and turn around and return northbound.

Motorists traveling northbound on I-75:

  • A detour will be established at exit 141 (Palm Beach Blvd) to re-route motorists east on S.R. 80 / U.S. 27 to U.S. 98.
  • If a motorist chooses to continue northbound on I-75, they will only be able to travel as far as exit 179 (North Port / Toledo Blade Blvd.).
  • At exit 179, motorists will be forced to exit and turn around and return southbound.

An FDOT release says major delays are expected in the area and the detours are expected to be in place until the water recedes.
They also advisers to proceed with caution as other flooding is being experienced in the area.

FDOT and Florida Highway Patrol will continue to monitor the river and bridge. FDOT is in contact with WAZE, Google, and Apple Maps.

Floridians should visit www.FL511.com, or download the app, for up-to-date information on road closures and travel routes.

Updated: October 1, 2022 at 5:12 PM EDT
This story has been updated with I-75 reopening on Saturday afternoon.
Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.