DADE CITY — Southbound traffic on Interstate 75 will be detoured overnight Saturday between state roads 52 and 54/56 for construction work at Overpass Road, where the bridge is set to be demolished and a new interchange built over the next few months.
Southbound I-75 traffic will be directed off the interstate and into a detour beginning at 9 p.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday. No later than 10 a.m., at least one traffic lane is expected to reopen, and all lanes are expected to be open by noon Sunday.
The detours are necessary for the safety of the traveling public as the existing Overpass Road bridge section is removed over southbound I-75. A detour of northbound I-75 is planned for the night of Feb. 20, to remove the bridge section over the northbound lane, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
During the closure, southbound interstate traffic will leave the interstate at State Road 52, which is Exit 285. At the bottom of the ramp, traffic will turn right onto 52 and continue for approximately one-half mile. At the next traffic signal, which is Old Pasco Road, traffic will be directed to turn left and go south on Old Pasco Road for approximately 6.75 miles to State Road 54. Then traffic will be directed to turn left at the traffic signal onto 54/Wesley Chapel Boulevard and continue east about seven-tenths of a mile to re-enter southbound I-75.
Florida Department of Transportation officials warn that Old Pasco Road is a two-lane road, with one lane in each direction, and is expected to be congested during the detour. Motorists are urged to plan extra time to travel or consider alternative routes. Law enforcement and traffic management personnel will be active along the route to assist with traffic flow and detour signs, and message boards will be placed along the detour route for guidance.