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Old 08-20-2014, 04:46 PM
 
Location: LawnGuyLind, NY / Sarasota, FL
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Leaving on a trip from FLL early T'giving morning. We plan to drive from the west coast across I-75 late afternoon T'giving Eve.

I know up north, where I usually have to go somewhere that afternoon, the highways are a disaster. Is it the same way on Alligator Alley?

It usually takes us about 3 hours to make that trip. What should I expect that afternoon?
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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alligator alley only has problems when there is an accident. Other than that I've never even seen traffic on it till I hit the East Coast and then its always a disaster. The Alley has always more or less been wide open once you get a few miles away from the toll booth
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Somewhere
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Yuck, I avoid doing that drive during evening hours especially in a holiday. It's not gonna be crowded, just dark and full of drunk aggressive drivers and angry truck drivers who would rather be somewhere else.

Also watch your speed, the chances that Florida Hwy patrol is gonna be there with speed radars is pretty high.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:28 PM
 
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I've driven it both ways both before and after Thanksgiving, New Years etc. Unless there's an accident, the traffic, while heavier and slower than usual, is not too bad.

No need to worry about speeding in those conditions, as when it's crowded like that, it's like playing Pole Position if you attempt to drive anywhere near (or heaven forbid, above) the limit.

IMHO, by far the best time to go anywhere in FL is late at night. MUCH easier, as it's the only time you can set your cruise control without having to disengage it every few minutes.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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Driving Alligator Alley on Thanksgiving could be a real problem. The alligators who live south of the road have been visiting their families that live north of it and they are returning home. Like humans, they often imbibe a little too much 'joy juice' during the holiday and they are moving kinda slow as they cross the road.

Please don't hit one of them 'gators. Instead, get out of your car and offer to help them across the road. OK?

By the way, be sure to treat any snapping turtle with the same courtesy.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: LawnGuyLind, NY / Sarasota, FL
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Driving Alligator Alley on Thanksgiving could be a real problem. The alligators who live south of the road have been visiting their families that live north of it and they are returning home. Like humans, they often imbibe a little too much 'joy juice' during the holiday and they are moving kinda slow as they cross the road.

Please don't hit one of them 'gators. Instead, get out of your car and offer to help them across the road. OK?

By the way, be sure to treat any snapping turtle with the same courtesy.

Looking forward to some Gator Nuggets for my T'giving meal!
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