Good news for Interstate 75 motorists.
The state and Collier County are working together on filling a safety void on the stretch of the highway between Naples and Miami known as Alligator Alley.
They are building and staffing a fire and emergency medical station at mile marker 63 -- a no man's land where the officials say the bulk of the road's emergencies take place.
Those emergencies include crashes, vehicle breakdowns and even domestic fights that can leave passengers on foot.
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The idea of the joint effort is to drastically cut response times to the desolate stretch north of Everglades City. Rescue crews based in Naples are now up to 45 minutes away.
Emergency vehicles still will have long trips to the hospital, but potentially lifesaving, timely emergency medical responders will be extremely valuable.
It's a wonder it has taken this long for such common-sense public service. In the old days, service outposts were common along the Tamiami Trail, officially U.S. 41, when it was much less traveled than today's Alligator Alley.
Still, progress is progress, and we will be well served by this addition.