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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Unexpected lane closures on I-75 for emergency asphalt repair

State officials announced a double lane closure effective immediately on a stretch of Interstate 75 in Marion County for an “unknown” period of time as crews make emergency asphalt repairs.

According to a statement issued by the Florida Department of Transportation on Wednesday afternoon, the middle and outside southbound lanes on I-75, near mile marker 349, are temporarily closed. That stretch of roadway is just south of State Road 200.

Traffic merging down to one lane on a stretch of I-75 as crews work on emergency asphalt repairs.
Traffic merging down to one lane on a stretch of I-75 as crews work on emergency asphalt repairs.

The lanes are temporarily closed as crews make “emergency asphalt repairs,” according to FDOT. The department is warning motorists to expect delays and consider an alternate route.

According to the statement, FDOT is implementing a “rapid repair plan” and will continue to monitor the roadway after the repair is made.

“It is unknown when the lanes will be reopened,” reads the statement from FDOT.

According to the department, an “incident occurred” at the site that was “within the limits” of the ongoing resurfacing project along I-75, from Sumter County to SR 200.

UPDATE: Ocala-News.com has confirmed that the emergency asphalt repairs are not related to a fatal accident that took place on I-75 in Marion County earlier on Wednesday.