Roadways leading to Gainesville along US 441 closed due to flooding

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee Athletics Department advised football fans planning on traveling to Saturday's Tennessee-Florida game in Gainesville to stay up-to-date on Florida road conditions and plan accordingly.

The Florida Department of Transportation said they are monitoring the water levels at the Santa Fe River and the integrity of the bridges over the river at US 441 and I-75.

FDOT said they anticipate closing both bridges between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST Wednesday due to the rising waters. Traffic will be diverted off the interstate in both north and south directions.

On Thursday, the "Tennessee Football" Twitter account tweeted that I-75 will remain open for fans journeying to Gainesville for the game, but drivers should be prepared for heavy traffic and gas shortages around the Gainesville area.

Officials have set up the following preliminary detour:

Northbound traffic will be encouraged to exit at SW Williston Rd (SR 121), where vehicles will be routed to US 301 North. A hard closure will be at the City of Alachua exit (US 441), where all northbound traffic will be routed south to NW 53rd Avenue. NW 53rd Avenue will turn into one-way eastbound traffic to NE Waldo Road and directed north to US 301. Traffic at North Main and NE 15th Street and NW 53rd Avenue will only be allowed to turn east.

Traffic updates will be posted here -- stay with Local 8 News for the latest information.