COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A spokeswoman with the Florida Department of Transportation says the rest stop for drivers at mile 63 on Alligator Alley will reopen toward the end of August.
In addition to usual conveniences like bathrooms and picnic tables, the rest stop will be home to Collier County's newest public safety building, placed on a portion of I-75 known for lengthy emergency response times.
The $8.8 million project will bring emergency medical personnel and trained first responders to a stretch of interstate where ambulance response times can exceed thirty minutes.
FDOT tells WINK News the building will be staffed by Collier County and referred questions to Collier County Emergency Services. Calls to the department were not returned. However, officials told WINK News during early construction that the building could cut response times in half or better.
Florida Highway Patrol covers I-75, and officers are frequently the first to arrive at the scene of an accident.