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Gainesville –The closures at the Interstate 75 entrance and exit ramps at Newberry Road are scheduled to continue through Wednesday, November 16 for resurfacing and guardrail work, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Changes to the scheduled closures are due to rain and the extensive work being done at each ramp. Traffic will continue to be detoured to either Archer Road or Northwest 39th Avenue during the ramp closures.

The southbound off ramp and the northbound on ramp will be closed on separate nights between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The tentative schedule for each ramp is:

  • I-75 southbound exit ramp closed Sunday (November 6) for resurfacing.
  • I-75 northbound entrance ramp closed Monday through Wednesday nights (November 7-9) for milling (removing the top layer of asphalt) and resurfacing.
  • I-75 southbound exit ramp closed Thursday (November 10) and Sunday through Wednesday (November 13-16) for replacing guardrail.

Work on this project began in April and should be complete in summer 2012. In addition to resurfacing the ramps, two additional lanes are being constructed at the northbound exit ramp onto Newberry Road.

Daytime work with possible lane closures will continue on the northbound exit ramp and that ramp will be resurfaced after the new lanes have been constructed.

The additional turn lanes on the exit ramp will increase safety for motorists exiting I-75, which is especially critical during early morning and afternoon commute hours and during special events, such as University of Florida home football games and the holiday shopping season. The other ramps are being resurfaced due to wear and tear of the existing asphalt.

The FDOT hired D.A.B. Constructors, Inc., of Inglis to reconstruct the ramps for $2.2 million. Approximately 8,900 vehicles exit northbound I-75 onto Newberry Road each day to join another 50,000 vehicles already traveling on Newberry Road.

For additional information regarding this project or other FDOT projects around Northeast Florida, visit www.nflroads.com.