Florida Department of Transportation expands free roadside assistance to Gainesville

FL Dept. of Transportation expands free roadside assistance to Gainesville

If you find yourself stranded on the side of the interstate, the Road Rangers have you covered.

The Florida Department of Transportation just expanded its services and started a free road-side assistance program in Gainesville.

A service truck and crew travels up and down the roadway seven days a week from 7AM-7PM on 1-75 between Micanopy and Alachua.

"It's people who have run out of gas, people who have had blown tires, people have been in minor fender benders and need repairs to get to the next exit," FDOT Troy Roberts said.

All you have to do is dial *FHP during the service hours and you'll be taken care of.

FDOT has had this program for many years but just now expanded it to Gainesville.

Right now they only have one road ranger unit but they plan to get another in the coming weeks.

"We feel our highways are incredibly safe but we don't want you sitting on the side of the road for an extended period of time," Roberts said.

Additional I-75 routes, up to the Florida/Georgia line, will be coming up later this year.

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