Final leg of I-75 widening from Georgia line to southwest Florida to begin in 2018

Updated Apr 12, 2016

Interstate-75The final leg of I-75 widening from the Florida-Georgia border to the southwest region of Florida will begin in 2018, according to an announcement from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The project involves expanding the interstate from four to six lanes from south of Jones Loop Road to U.S. 17 in Charlotte County near Punta Gorda. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will provide more than $58 million in funding for the project.

“The I-75 widening project will help ease traffic flow and keep families and visitors safe as they travel through our state,” says Scott. “Florida is growing, and have reached a record 20 million residents and over 100 million tourists. That is why we have provided historic funding for the Department of Transportation for three consecutive years, and we will continue to make important investments in our world class transportation system so we can safely welcome even more families and job creators to our state.”

“This major highway improvement will make a real difference for Florida’s residents and visitors,” FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold says. He adds that the project completes the agency’s commitment to widen I-75 from the state border to the Punta Gorda area.

“As the Punta Gorda Airport continues to grow and add more flights and destinations, improvements like this I-75 widening are vital to ensuring that our residents and visitors begin and end their trips as safely and efficiently as possible,” says Sen. Bill Galvano.