Published: Aug 21, 2014 5:41 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The Florida Department of Transportation is reopening the rest area at mile marker 63 along Alligator Alley.

The $8.8 million project began in spring 2013 to replace the former rest area with a larger restroom facility, an upgraded wastewater and water treatment plant and two recreationel access areas.

A new public safety center designed to accommodate Collier County EMS personnel will open late 2014.