Fog and smoke delay drivers for miles
WEST BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (WSVN) -- Though drivers commuting on Interstate 75 can no longer expect delays from fog and smoke from a brush fire, Tuesday afternoon, those making the commute that morning had a different experience.
Before Fondrin Hollis could put his boat and fishing gear to good use, he had to wait in Interstate 75 traffic in West Broward County, approaching U.S. 27. Brake lights was all he could see due to the soupy fog and the Collier County brush fire, smoke and flames to the west. "We came out here to fish," said Hollis, "so we just gotta sit here and wait for it to clear up so they could let us in."
John Rivera wanted to get to his video production job but knew it would not happen with Alligator Alley closed up to Naples, and U.S. 27 shut northbound. "It's crazy, the fog. I don't know how long it's going to stay," said Rivera. "I wish I could get through it."
This makes for the second traffic tie-up in the area in just a few days, delaying drivers from seeing loved ones. "It's ridiculous because I have to go to Tampa in a couple of hours," said a woman, "and I didn't know it was going to be like this. This is a big detour."
The laughs were few and far between. The hazy traffic headaches were felt as far south as Krome Avenue, which was also closed for a stretch, Tuesday morning.
By mid-morning, the fog no longer blanketed I-75, allowing for drivers to zip by. "Everything is open at this time," said an official. "U.S. 27, Alligator Alley and Krome Avenue are all open at this time."
Though some wanted to blow a gasket over traffic tie-ups, Hollis, a retired fisherman, was not as bothered. "I'm retired, so I can take time," said Hollis. "I'm just takin' it slow."
Florida Highway Patrol said it is possible that drivers might have to deal with the traffic tie-ups again Wednesday, but for now, it's free flowing and easygoing, as all the roads reopened by the late morning.
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