Interstate 75 south
County Road 846 (Immokalee Road) represents the first of five Collier County interchanges along Interstate 75 southbound. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Totaling 32.92 miles in length, Collier County 846 begins at U.S. 41 west of Interstate 75 and travels east and northeast to end at Florida 29 in Immokalee. Delnor-Wiggins State Park lies along the gulf and is reached via CR 846 (Immokalee Road) and Bluebill Avenue. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is also within reach of Exit 111, accessed via CR 846 east. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Overlays added to Exit 111 signs replaced Naples Park with North Naples. Formally provided part of a bypass for U.S. 41 through traffic in the Naples area. Immokalee Road grew from a narrow two lane rural highway to a six-lane urban arterial, as farm land was replaced with retail areas and subdivisions. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Interstate 75 expands with a forested median between Immokalee Road (CR 846) and Vanderbilt Beach Road. Photo taken 12/23/13.
Interstate 75 converges with Pine Ridge Road (old CR 896) in four miles. The South Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami make their first appearance on southbound mileage signage here. Photo taken 11/22/12.
A diamond interchange joins I-75 with Pine Ridge Road (old CR 896) at Exit 107 in 1.25 miles. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Collier County 896 extended west and east 7.0 miles overall, connecting U.S. 41 and Collier County 951, both of which parallel I-75. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Known to the locals as Pine Ridge Road, former CR 896 constitutes a major east-west corridor in the Naples and North Naples area. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Newer subdivisions front the west side of Interstate 75 while a rural type street grid spreads to the east. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Advancing south, Interstate 75 meets Collier County 886 (Golden Gate Parkway) at a parclo interchange (Exit 105) in two miles. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Winds from Hurricane Irma, which made landfall at Marco Island on September 10, 2017, toppled the one-mile guide sign for Golden Gate Parkway. Golden Gate Parkway constitutes a six-lane arterial west from Santa Barbara Boulevard to Coastland Center Mall and U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) in the city of Naples. Photo taken 07/05/11.
Planned for 20 years, the $27 million exchange with Golden Gate Parkway opened to traffic after three years of construction on March 13, 2007.1 Photo taken 07/05/11.
CR 886 (Golden Gate Parkway) provides a third access route to Naples from I-75. The arterial east winds through Golden Gate Estates (commonly known to locals as just Golden Gate) to CR 951 (Collier Boulevard). Photo taken 09/30/17.
Dual lanes depart Interstate 75 south at Exit 105 for CR 886 (Golden Gate Parkway). County Road 886 overlays 4.96 miles of Golden Gate Parkway in two segments west from CR 951 (Collier Boulevard). Photo taken 09/30/17.
Collier County 886 travels east from I-75 two miles to Golden Gate. Westward Golden Gate Parkway provides connections with Naples Municipal Airport (APF) via Airport Pulling Road south and Naples Zoo via Goodlette Road. A single point interchange with Airport-Pulling Road (former CR 31) was completed in July 2007. Photo taken 11/22/12.
Work started on June 15, 2015 extended the six-lane section of I-75 south from Golden Gate Parkway to Collier Boulevard (CR 951) at mile marker 101. The $32 million project ran through early 2017 and included ramp improvements at both Exit 105 and 101.2 Photo taken 09/30/17.
Interstate 75 curves eastward on the initial approach to Everglades Parkway. Suburban development remains omnipresent, abutting both sides of the freeway to Exit 101. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Continuing beyond the Santa Barbara Boulevard overpass, the first overhead for Exit 101 to Collier County Road 951 appears. This is the last exit before the Alligator Alley main line toll plaza. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Motorists are advised to check their gas gauge as the next fueling facilities lie 50 miles ahead along Everglades Parkway at Exit 49 (Snake Road). A variable message sign was added at this location in the late 2000's to provide travel times and information related to traffic congestion or detours due to accidents or hurricane evacuations. Photo taken 09/30/17.
County Road 951 overlays portions of Collier Boulevard between CR 846 and I-75 to the north, and again along a 2.61 stretch on Marco Island. The arterial is state maintained and designated as SR 951 along a 7.07-mile long section south from U.S. 41 to the S.S. Judge Jolley Bridge onto Marco Island. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Interstate 75 reduces to four overall lanes at the diamond interchange (Exit 101) with Collier Boulevard. SR 84 (Davis Boulevard) ties into CR 951 just to the south. The state road represents the pre-Interstate numbering of the tolled Alligator Alley across the everglades into Fort Lauderdale. The remaining segment of SR 84 in Collier County heads 6.4 miles west to U.S. 41 outside Downtown Naples. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Exit 101 expands from two to four lanes ahead of Collier Boulevard at East Naples. Collier-Seminole State Park lies 15 miles to the southeast via CR 951 south and U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Photo taken 04/30/16.
Overheads along Exit 101 direct traffic to Collier Boulevard (CR 951) and adjacent SR 84 (Davis Boulevard). The Alley was constructed in the 1960's as another way to link Southwest Florida with South Florida. The original configuration was a narrow two-lane facility with daytime and nighttime speeds enforced. Alligator Alley was upgraded to interstate standards in the late 1980's and early 1990's. It was the final segment of I-75 completed in Florida.
Once the interstate connected with the Alley on the west end, the original alignment of SR 84 here was severed. Another extant section of SR 84 emerges east of U.S. 27 (Exit 23) along the frontage road system of both I-75 and I-595 in Broward County. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Collier Boulevard is a six-lane arterial southward to the commercialized intersection with U.S. 41. Lely Cultural Parkway leads west from CR 951 to the Collier Campus of FSW State College in five miles. CR 951 / SR 951 otherwise travel 16 miles to Marco Island. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Pentagons for CR 951 posted at the ramp end from I-75 south to Collier Boulevard. A 0.638 mile section of Collier Boulevard is state maintained. The unmarked snippet of SR 951 links SR 84 (Davis Boulevard) with Interstate 75. Photo taken 04/30/16.
Interstate 75 approaches the toll plaza entrance to Alligator Alley after Exit 101. Photo taken 09/30/17.
A dedicated lane is reserved for motorists with a Sunpass transponder. Alligator Alley is one of two Interstates in Florida where all lanes are tolled. The other is Interstate 275 over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near St. Petersburg. Photo taken 09/30/17.
I-75 overtakes the original SR 84 (Beck Boulevard) routing just beyond the forthcoming toll plaza. Photo taken 09/30/17.
The 2-axle toll rate for vehicles to cross the Alley increased to $3.00 for cash transactions and $2.75 for Sunpass transponders on June 30, 2012. Additional pricing is applied for additional axles. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Small signs preceding the toll booths proclaim Interstate 75 as Alligator Alley, the popular name given to Everglades Parkway. Photo taken 09/30/17.
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Open road tolling is not available for Interstate 75 travelers at the Everglades Parkway west toll gate. Instead and similar to the Sunshine Skyway plazas, motorists must slow down to 25 miles per hour through a converted toll booth lane. Photos taken 09/30/17.
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Leaving the toll plaza, Interstate 75 south begins the long trek across the southern peninsula of Florida. There are just two interchanges along the way to the Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The first is with SR 29 in 20 miles. Photo taken 04/04/15. Second photo taken 09/30/17.
The first of many waterway crossings (Miller Canal) along Interstate 75 through the Everglades area. Photo taken 12/23/13.
The only overpass between Collier County Road 951 (Exit 101) and Florida 29 (Exit 80), Everglades Boulevard crosses Interstate 75 between mile marker 93 and 92. The north-south local road begins at Collier County Road 846 (Immokalee Road) 14.7 miles north of Everglades Parkway. There is currently no direct access between I-75 and Everglades Boulevard, but a study was previously conducted to build an interchange here. Photo taken 12/23/13.
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Typical scenes as I-75 continues east deeper into Collier County toward Florida 29 and the Big Cypress National Preserve. Photos taken 12/23/13.
Interstate 75 converges with Florida 29 (Exit 80) after nearly a 21-mile exit-less stretch. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Immokalee lies 20.4 miles north of I-75 along SR 29 in northeast Collier County. Heading south, SR 29 makes its way to U.S. 41 and Everglades City, situated 17 miles and 21 miles (respectively) from Everglades Parkway.
Winds from Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017 toppled this sign. Photo taken 12/23/13.
SR 29 provides access to the vast areas of Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and Big Cypress National Preserve both north and south of Exit 80. CR 29 south from U.S. 41 extends the route to Everglades City, Chokoloskee, home of the historic Ted Smallwood Store, and western reaches of Everglades National Park. Photo taken 12/23/13.
I-75 reaches the diamond interchange (Exit 80) with Florida 29. The state road continues north another 58.4 miles, passing through Immokalee and La Belle before ending at U.S. 27 south of Palmdale in Glades County. Florida 29 south ends at U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) in 17 miles.
This sign was also knocked down by winds from Hurricane Irma. Photo taken 12/23/13.
Interstate 75 enters the vast 729,000 acre Big Cypress National Preserve east from SR 29. Photo taken 12/23/13.
Reassurance marker posted for Interstate 75 south as Everglades Parkway leaves the Miles City area. Photo taken 09/30/17.
Crossing the last in the series of Everglades canals, I-75 continues to Andytown and Interstate 595 at the city of Sunrise. Photo taken 01/23/16.
East of Florida 29 (Exit 80) Interstate 75 continues toward Fort Lauderdale and Miami, now 90 miles away. U.S. 27 will cross the freeway on the east side of the Everglades in 58 miles. The succeeding exit with Snake Road (CR 833) in 30 miles. Photo taken 09/30/17.
An array of wildlife calls the Everglades home and one can see any number of animals along the 75.2-mile long Alligator Alley. This scene looks ahead of the Collier County Road 839 (Turner River Road) under pass. Photo taken 12/23/13.
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Alligator Alley shifts northward three quarters of a mile beyond the CR 839 crossing at milepost 74. Photos taken 04/04/15.
Travelers along Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley) are informed of the Everglades Radio Network via 98.7 on the FM dial. The radio network provides listeners opportunities to learn about history and other aspects about the Florida Everglades. Alternatively, 107.9 FM also offers the Everglades Radio Network. Photo taken 12/23/13.
Nearing the Broward County line, I-75 south leaves Big Cypress National Preserve. A succeeding pull-off area near mile marker 71 allows motorists an opportunity to view and photograph the surrounding area. Photo taken 04/04/15.
No facilities exist at the pull-off area but motorists can access a full rest area in 7.3 miles. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Leaving the Big Cypress National Preserve Access Area along Interstate 75 south near Baxter Island. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Interstate 75 approaches the Collier County rest area at milepost 63. The facility lies on the south side of the toll road but is accessible from both directions.
An $8.8-million project resulted in the closure of the area between June 2013 and August 22, 2014. Construction increased the number of restrooms, added a new public safety center, and expanded recreational access facilities for the Big Cypress National Preserve.3 Photo taken 04/04/15.
Motorists reach the departure ramp for the Collier County rest area facility and hiking trail access. A recreation area with facilities follows east in 27.2 miles within Broward County. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Another shield assembly appears as I-75 leaves the recreation area south of Billy Strand and north of Bamboo Strand. Photo taken 04/04/15.
Passing over one of several wildlife under crossings along Interstate 75 south. Photo taken 12/23/13.
As Everglades Parkway nears the Broward County line, it leaves the Big Cypress National Preserve. Photo taken 12/23/13.
Approximately two thirds across the Florida peninsula, Interstate 75 enters both Broward County and the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. Photo taken 04/04/15.


 

Sources:

  1. "Long-awaited new I-75 interchange in Golden Gate is open for business." Naples Daily News (FL), March 14, 2007.
  2. "In the Know: FDOT widening I-75 stretch in Collier County." Naples Daily News (FL), July 20, 2015.
  3. "I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area Project at Mile Marker 63 in Collier County." FDOT newsletter, July 2013.


Photo Credits:

07/05/11, 11/22/12, 12/23/13, 04/04/15, 01/23/16, 04/30/16, 09/30/17 by AARoads

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Page Updated 11-09-2018.