I-75 Mile Marker 63
The rest area and the recreational access into the backcountry from it will be closed from the summer of 2013, through the fall of 2014.
The Florida Department of Transportation's contractor is scheduled to begin preliminary work in June of 2013, to survey the I-75/Alligator Alley rest area at Mile Marker 63 in Collier County. Crews expect to start work this summer to construct two recreational access facilities adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area with a larger restroom facility, build a new public safety center, and upgrade the wastewater and water treatment plant at the site. Estimated project completion is fall 2014.
Hikers and motorists are advised that when the contractor closes the area for construction this summer, there will be NO FACILITIES AVAILABLE (including parking, restrooms or potable water) at the Mile Marker 63 rest area until the project is finished. Entrance/exit ramps at this rest area will remain open to allow vehicles to turn around. Motorists may use the rest area at Mile Marker 34 during this work.
Temporary closures of the Florida National Scenic Trail may be necessary during this project and will be coordinated through the National Park Service. Recreational users can access the Florida National Scenic Trail from the Oasis Visitor Center on US 41 (Tamiami Trail) while this area is closed. Access will be maintained for all other users (private property owners, emergency services, etc.).
Landowners and Florida National Scenic Trail "through hikers" seeking access through the construction area should contact Bob DeGross at 239-695-1107, or by email for details on coordinating access via special permit.
Did You Know?
The anhinga is a commonly seen bird in many areas of Big Cypress National Preserve, and other park areas in Florida. However, within the United States of America, the bird is never really seen beyond Florida. Anhingas cousins are more commonly seen in South America and Africa.