August 30, 2014
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Avoiding the I-75 Parking Lot

There’s a running joke among my officemates who commute from Fort Myers to our Naples office: You better check before you leave to make sure there isn’t a couch in the middle of Interstate 75.

Jennifer Thermes

     There’s a running joke among my officemates who commute from Fort Myers to our Naples office: You better check before you leave to make sure there isn’t a couch in the middle of Interstate 75.

     It seems like just about every day during season another piece of debris or an accident or an act of god (or whoever is responsible for brush fires) shuts down at least part of the highway, creating traffic jams all around it. So we’re offering a few alternative routes to get you along the I-75 corridor without actually setting a tire on the freeway.

Santa Barbara/Logan Boulevard

A great way to get between East Naples and North Naples, this route takes you from Rattlesnake Hammock Road north to Immokalee Road with access to Radio, Pine Ridge and Vanderbilt Beach roads along the way.

Livingston Road/Imperial Parkway/Three Oaks Parkway

     Stretching from Radio Road in East Naples to Alico Road in South Fort Myers, this route runs mostly parallel to 75 (so you can point and laugh at the people who are stuck in traffic). Other than a spot in Bonita Springs where the speed limit drops below 40, it’s a good road to cruise into Lee County.

Ben Hill Griffin Parkway/Treeline Avenue

     A godsend for people who need to get to Southwest Florida International Airport when 75 is a parking lot. The route runs from Colonial Boulevard south to Corkscrew Road. Just don’t take it when there’s an Everblades game or a big concert at Germain Arena, ’cause it can get a little backed up from Corkscrew to FGCU.

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