In the Know: What's with the curves in Alligator Alley?

TIM ATEN
Traveling east on Alligator Alley, an elongated S-curve starts about five miles east of the I-75 junction with State Road 29.

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Traveling east on Alligator Alley, an elongated S-curve starts about five miles east of the I-75 junction with State Road 29.

Q: On Interstate 75 when traveling east from Naples, there is a curve to the left in the highway at about mile marker 70 and then a curve to the right. Why was it necessary to build these curves into an otherwise nearly straight road? It appears as if the contractors started from both ends and missed! Thank you for your attention.

— Donald R. Wilson, Naples

A: Although construction of Alligator Alley was started from both ends in Broward and Collier counties, and worked toward the middle of the Everglades, that is not why an elongated S-curve interrupts the otherwise fairly straight highway connecting Florida’s east and west coasts.

“The curve existed in this location when the Alley was State Road 84,” said Debbie Tower, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation.

“Project designers who prepared plans for construction to convert the two-lane State Road 84/Alligator Alley into a four-lane interstate, I-75/Alligator Alley, followed the existing State Road 84 alignment to minimize effects to the environment,” Tower said.

Traveling east, the S-curve starts just east of Turner River Road at about mile marker 75, which is about five miles east of the State Road 29 junction. The jog in the road is less than two miles long.

Work on the Alley began in 1964, and it was opened in 1969. The two-lane highway was widened to four lanes between 1986 and 1992.

Construction between Livingston Road, left, and the Community School of Naples, right, in the Florida Power & Light easement is for a water management project for the North Naples school. Photo by Tim Aten

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Construction between Livingston Road, left, and the Community School of Naples, right, in the Florida Power & Light easement is for a water management project for the North Naples school. Photo by Tim Aten

CSN and construction

Q: We truly enjoy your column. My question is: There is a lot of dirt being pushed around along the west side of Livingston Road between Vanderbilt Beach Road and Pine Ridge Road. This site work is being done under the FPL high-tension wires. I would appreciate knowing what is happening at that location.

— Bernie Mraz, North Naples

A: The clearing work you have noticed in the Florida Power & Light Co. easement south of Osceola Trail between Livingston Road and the Community School of Naples campus is part of the project to modify the independent school’s surface water management system, said Randy Smith, a spokesman for the South Florida Water Management District.

The environmental modifications are necessary because expansion plans call for additional water quality treatment volume at the school, 13275 Livingston Road, North Naples, Smith said. CSN broke ground Feb. 9 for construction of the north wing of its upper school complex. The additional 17,000 square feet will include history and English classrooms, writing labs, a new student center, student cafe, study area, two art studios and a photography lab. The building additions are expected to be ready by August for the start of the new school year.

Modifications being made to the water management project include adding the 14-acre FPL easement to the existing system, connecting CSN campus lakes to the dry detention easement, accounting for a new building footprint, and creating sub-basins for the athletic field area expansion on the northern part of the campus.

A spadia, a special advertising feature which appears as a partial page or flap over a newspaper's section front, is shown with the Neapolitan section in the Friday, March 23, 2012, edition of the Naples Daily News.

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A spadia, a special advertising feature which appears as a partial page or flap over a newspaper's section front, is shown with the Neapolitan section in the Friday, March 23, 2012, edition of the Naples Daily News.

Spadia flap

Q: Hopefully you can explain why the Neapolitan section of the Naples Daily News will start out with page 1, turn the page and it’s page 4? What happened to pages 2 and 3?

— Diane Geisler, Naples

A: The odd numbering sequence in the Daily News is created because of a special advertising feature which appears as a partial page or flap over the section front, according to Senior Managing Editor Eric Strachan.

“Some days, we run an advertising wrap around the Neapolitan section called a spadia – it looks like half of a page that wraps around the left-hand side of the Neapolitan cover, then is a full page behind the section, as well,” Strachan said. “On those days – due to our press configuration – the page numbers for the front and back of that half-page spadia need to be numbered 1D and 2D, making the actual Neapolitan cover page numbered as 3D – so when you turn the page, the normal page 2 is numbered page 4. This only happens on days when that advertising spadia runs around a section.”

Spadia wraps, also correctly spelled spadea, have been an advertising option for many years, particularly in magazines. They have become increasing popular for newspapers. The New York Times published its first spadia five years ago.

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