A dispatcher with the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed this evening there are no plans to close Alligator Alley tonight. Alligator Alley comprises a section of Interstate 75 in Florida, connecting the east coast and west coast at the south end of the peninsula. The trooper told TurnpikeInfo.com that winds had shifted direction, making for more favorable driving conditions.
Smoke from nearby wildfires, in the Everglades, forced the FHP to close Alligator Alley Monday night around 6 p.m. The roadway was open again this morning.
Severe wildfires have forced the closure of Alligator Alley in the past, including a spate of closures in the spring of 2009 that impacted drivers for about a week.