New I-75 exit proposed in Charlotte County between Kings Hwy and Toledo Blade

Reporter: Andrea Guerrero Writer: Paul Dolan
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Location of possible new exit on I-75 at Yorkshire st. (CREDIT: Wink News)

I-75 could get a new exit at Yorkshire Street in Southwest Florida. Charlotte County and North Port commissioners are discussing the addition.

Charlotte County and the city of North Port need to agree on everything first. Then, it could be 10 years or more for the new interchange on I-75.

Amitean, a Charlotte County resident, unfortunately, won’t see less traffic soon. “You kind of have to schedule your trips around the traffic,” he told us.

“You get stuck at the lights two to three times because the traffic is so backed up,” Amitean says. “It’s really something that I hope we can get fixed.”

Yorkshire Street is getting considered for the new interchange on and off I-75 for a few reasons. “We’re going to have growth in the area,” Bill Truex, the Charlotte County commissioner says. “People are going to find the area and if you build channels of traffic now it’s less impact than when the area does start to develop.”

Possible exit location from a satellite view. (CREDIT: Google Maps)

Getting the Florida Department of Transportation would be the next step. Amitean might be parked in traffic for a while since the design process could take years.

“It’s only getting worse. Definitely seeing more congestion this year because of all the new people that are coming down from northern states,” Amitean says. “I would hope they fix it sooner than when I’m in my 40s.”

Commissioner Bill Truex told us the exit on Yorkshire will bring business to the area and bring more people into North Port.

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