Many Gator football fans will be passing through Paynes Prairie this weekend while making their way to Gainesville for the first game of the season. That section of I-75 is the same area where several people lost their lives in a series of crashes in late January because of dense smoke from a nearby wildfire. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alexys Martinez reports on what’s being done to prevent a repeat of this tragedy.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/PaynesPrairieSignsWrap.mp3]
Florida transportation officials are preparing for the likely closure of Interstate 75 north of Gainesville as waters from the Santa Fe River are expected to continue to rise and overtake the road.