Interstate 75 or I -75 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Florida. The highway forms a north-south route in the state and runs from Miami through Tampa to the Georgia border at Jennings. The Alligator Alley is a toll road over a length of 125 kilometers, with only 2 exits on this route. Aside from Alligator Alley, the entirety of I-75 in Florida has a minimum of 2×3 lanes. I-75 is Florida’s longest highway at 758 kilometers.
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The interchange of I-75, I-595 and the Sawgrass Parkway at Weston.
Interstate 75 begins in the west of the Miami metropolitan area, at the large suburb of Hialeah. The interstate begins at the interchange with State Route 826 and State Route 924. The highway here has 2×4 lanes and 2×2 express lanes and turns almost directly north, through the suburb of Miami Lakes. The many suburbs along the highway are often quite densely built with lakes in and around the residential areas. At the Miramar suburb, one crosses State Route 821, also known as Florida’s Turnpike. One then enters Miramar itself, a suburb built around small artificial lakes. The corridor of I-75 is wide with 12 lanes. Weston comes to a major interchange where I-75 turns west, continuing straight on State Route 869 as the Sawgrass Expressway, and east on Interstate 595 to Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood.
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The highway then runs for 140 kilometers in a straight line to the west, this part is also known as the Alligator Alley or Everglades Parkway. This section is a toll road, through the Everglades, a swamp and mangrove area that is virtually uninhabited, the 120 kilometer part which is a toll road has only 2 exits. One passes through the Big Cypress National Preserve. The Everglades National Park is a little further south. Alligators can be visible from the highway. One then reaches the urbanized west coast around Naples, which is itself a small town, but the center of a suburbanized region on the coast. From Naples, I-75 has 2×3 lanes again. I-75 turns north again here to follow the west coast of Florida.
You pass Fort Myers, which with Cape Coral and other suburbs is a suburban area with more than half a million inhabitants. I-75 continuously has 2×3 lanes here. A 2.5 kilometer long 2×3 lane bridge crosses an estuary near Punta Gorda. The highway has a wide median strip in many places, tens to hundreds of meters wide. It follows one metropolitan area after another, reaching the Sarasota region, part of the Tampa Bay region, but forming a separate urban region here. I-75 passes along the eastern side of this area and has 2×3 lanes of traffic here as well. Just past Bradenton it follows the interchange with Interstate 275. I-275 runs to the peninsula of St. Petersburg.
I-75 past Tampa.
I-75 then passes through less built-up areas, parallel to Tampa Bay. The highway has 2×3 lanes here and after ten kilometers the first suburbs begin to appear along the highway. On the east side of Tampa, the Crosstown Expressway, or State Route 618, ends at I-75. The Crosstown Expressway connects downtown Tampa to I-75. A little further north, you cross Interstate 4, which runs from Tampa via Orlando to Daytona Beach on the east coast. Then you pass through Tampa’s northern suburbs, built around swamps and rainforests. The countryside here is also highly urbanized. At Land ‘O Lakes, Interstate 275. joinsagain in. After this, the highway has a short stretch of 2×4 lanes and narrows from Wesley Chapel South to 2×3 lanes.
I-75 then passes over a slightly less low-lying part of Florida and there are also some meadows here. This is followed by about 100 kilometers through a fairly quiet area. Both east and west of the highway are some small towns, but there are no large agglomerations. The highway does have 2×3 lanes continuously on the rest of the route through Florida. At Ridge Manor, you cross US 98, which runs from Brooksville to Lakeland. At Wildwood, Florida’s Turnpike ends at Interstate 75, passing the town of Ocala, a regional center. One passes along the west side of it. Then another 40 kilometers through the countryside, after which you pass Gainesville. Just south of Lake City you cross US 41.
Lakeland is the last major town in Florida and also has a major interchange with Interstate 10, the highway from Mobile and Tallahassee to Jacksonville. Traffic from the west turns south here to go to Tampa, Orlando or Miami. Further north, the area becomes more forested again, approaching the border region with Georgia. Just past Jennings, the 2×3 highway crosses the Georgia border, and Interstate 75 continues in Georgia to Atlanta.