Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Project Graduation Celebrates 30 Years of Safe and Sober Graduation Celebrations

All Collier County grads have a safe place to celebrate on graduation night, thanks to parents and volunteers. 

For the past 30 years there have been no alcohol-related fatalities in Collier County on graduation night involving high school graduates.  A large part of that statistic is thanks to Project Graduation, a program that gives grads a safe, fun and sober place to enjoy their graduation night.

On May 29, directly after they walk the stage, shake hands and throw their caps, grads from every Collier County High School will load up on buses that take them to the Greater Naples YMCA Healthy Living Campus. Waiting for them will be everything from food and drinks to a DJ, arcade, rock wall, laser tag and every other imaginable activity.

Also up for grabs are two $2,500 scholarships from the YMCA that will be raffled off to two lucky grads! Each high school also contributes scholarships or prizes that are raffled off throughout the night.

“Grads have come here every year for Project Graduation and we are fortunate this year to have a bigger and better campus to accommodate them.  Our #1 goal is to keep them safe, sober and enjoying their big night,” states YMCA President and CEO Paul Thein.
This year’s Project Graduation logo, that graces the neon-yellow shirts all grads will wear as their admission ticket, was designed by Barron Collier High School student Jared Nurenberg.  Nurenburg is attending the University of North Florida this fall and studying Exercise Science.

For students looking to attend the 30th Annual Project Graduation night, tickets are on sale now at each high school’s main office.  For $20, grads get a shirt and all the food and activities offered during the night.

 

COLLIER COUNTY

US 41 at Mooring Line Drive:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews will be working on sidewalks and landscaping on the west side of the roadway.  Drivers should use caution while crews work near the road.

US 41 from Wiggins Pass Road to Immokalee Road:Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect the two outside southbound lanes closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday for crews to work on utilities.  Drivers should expect slow moving traffic during this time.

US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from SR 951 to Joseph Lane and to four lanes from Joseph Lane to Greenway Road. A 30-foot median will separate northbound and southbound travel lanes. The project also includes a 10-foot multi-use pathway along southbound travel lanes and a six-foot sidewalk parallel to northbound lanes. Median openings spaced throughout the project allow for left turns and U-turns. Crews also are replacing the traffic signal at Manatee Road.

Vehicles use the new roadway from east of CR 951 to Naples Reserve Boulevard.  The bus stops are shifted to allow the contractor to build the new roadway.  Motorists exiting driveways and side streets in this area should use caution, as traffic is now closer to the south side of the corridor.

Crews are currently relocating utilities, constructing culverts, installing underground storm drainage, and completing earthwork.  Drivers should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering and exiting the roadway.  The contractor expects to complete work in fall 2016. The design/build team is Wantman Group Inc./Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.

US 41 from Valley Stream Drive to Saint Andrews Boulevard:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews are extending the eastbound left turn lane.  Motorists should expect lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Drivers should use caution traveling in this area.

US 41 at Creekside Boulevard: Maintenance permit project:Crews are installing a new traffic signal. Motorists should expect lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., weekdays.  The contractor expects the new signal to be functioning in early May.  Drivers should use caution traveling in this area.

SR 951 at McIlvane Bay Bridge: Construction project: Crews are performing maintenance on the bridge overMcIlvane Bay. Motorists should expect shoulder closures while crews work near the roadway. Estimated project completion is Summer 2015. The contractor is Viktor Construction Corp.

SR 951 at Fiddlers Creek Parkway: Maintenance permit project: Crews are improving the traffic signal. Motorists should expect lane closures on SR 951 and eastbound Fiddlers Creek Parkway during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays.  Drivers should use caution traveling in this area.

SR 84 from Glen Eagle Boulevard to Santa Barbara Boulevard: Maintenance permit project:  Motorists should expect intermittent westbound and eastbound lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for crews to construct a turn lane. Drivers should use caution while driving in this area.

SR 29 from Santa Rosa Avenue to Immokalee Drive: Maintenance permit project:  Crews are building a driveway connection and installing underground utilities.  Motorists should expect daytime lane closures.  Drivers should use caution while crews work near the roadway.

 

COLLIER COUNTY CONSTRUCTION/MAINTENANCE PROJECTS: 

Airport-Pulling Road between U.S. 41 East and Cougar Drive – On Airport-Pulling Road between U.S. 41 East and Cougar Drive expect southbound and northbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

Colorado Avenue between South 9th Street and South 1st Street – On Colorado Avenue between South 9th Street and South 1st Street expect intermittent lane closures for approximately two months, weather permitting, as crews construct sidewalks and drainage improvements. Flagmen, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

County Barn Road between Rattlesnake Hammock Road and Charlemagne Boulevard –EXPECT COUNTY BARN ROAD BETWEEN RATTLESNAKE HAMMOCK ROAD AND CHARLEMAGNE BOULEVARD TO BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FOR APPROXIMATELY THREE WEEKS, weather permitting, as crews remove the existing travel lanes in order to progress with construction of a wider roadway. Detour signs will be posted to direct southbound traffic to go east on Whitaker Road to Santa Barbara Road and then south to Rattlesnake Hammock Road. Those heading northbound will be directed to do the reverse. Additionally, between Rattlesnake Hammock Road and Davis Boulevard crews continue to work along the roadsides and continue drainage improvements and road widening for approximately three months as part of the County Barn Segment of the Lely Stormwater Improvement Project. Drivers are advised to proceed with caution, expect delays, and may want to consider taking an alternate route during this needed improvement work. Flagmen as needed, advance warning signs, electronic message boards and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

Golden Gate Boulevard between Collier Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard – On Golden Gate Boulevard between Collier Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard expect both westbound and eastbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

Golden Gate Parkway between Bears Paw Trail and Livingston Road – On Golden Gate Parkway between Bears Paw Trail and Livingston Road expect eastbound intermittent lane closures on Monday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews perform landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades will be used to assist travelers in this area.

Goodlette-Frank Road between Golden Gate Parkway and Pine Ridge Road – On Goodlette-Frank Road between Golden Gate Parkway and Pine Ridge Road expect northbound intermittent lane closures on Tuesday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews perform landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades will be used to assist motorists traveling in this area.

Immokalee Drive between Carson Road and North 18th Street – Immokalee Drive between Carson Road and North 18th Street will be CLOSED to through traffic for approximately three weeks, weather permitting, as crews continue installing new utilities. Detour signs will be posted and local traffic will be accommodated. Flagmen, advance warning signs, electronic message boards and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

Immokalee Road between U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard – On Immokalee Road between U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard expect both westbound and eastbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

Immokalee Sidewalk Improvement Project – On 2nd Street, 2nd Avenue and Escambia Street expect intermittent lane closures for approximately one month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, as crews install sidewalks as part of the Immokalee Sidewalk Improvement Project. Flagmen and advance warning signs are being used to assist travelers in the area.

Livingston Road between Radio Road and Pine Ridge Road – On Livingston Road between Radio Road and Pine Ridge Road expect traffic to be reduced both southbound and northbound from three lanes to two lanes for approximately one week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and a rolling truck with signage are being used to assist travelers in this area.

Livingston Road between Pine Ridge Road and Lee County Line – On Livingston Road between Pine Ridge Road and the Lee County line expect both southbound and northbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

Pine Ridge Road between U.S. 41 and Logan Boulevard – On Pine Ridge Road between U.S. 41 and Logan Boulevard expect westbound intermittent lane closures on Wednesday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews perform landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades will be used to help drivers traveling in this area.

Pine Ridge Road between Shirley Street and Airport-Pulling Road – On Pine Ridge Road between Shirley Street and Airport-Pulling Road expect both westbound and eastbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews perform landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

Radio Road between Airport-Pulling Road and Davis Boulevard – On Radio Road between Airport-Pulling Road and Santa Barbara Boulevard expect both westbound and eastbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

U.S. 41 East and Collier Boulevard Intersection – At the U.S. 41 East and Collier Boulevard intersection expect traffic in each direction to be reduced from three lanes to two lanes for approximately two weeks, weather permitting, as crews continue construction of the U.S. 41 and S.R./C.R. 951 Intersection Capacity Improvement Project. The project limits extend approximately one-quarter mile north on Collier Boulevard, as well as one-quarter mile east and west on U.S. 41 and three miles south on Collier Boulevard to just south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway. Detour signs are posted to direct pedestrian/bicycle traffic to alternate routes. The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph in this area during the construction project. Drivers are reminded to stay alert and drive with care. Electronic message boards, lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers.

U.S. 41 between Wiggins Pass Road and Lee County Line – On U.S. 41 between Wiggins Pass Road and the Lee County Line expect both southbound and northbound intermittent lane closures on Wednesday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews perform landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades will be used to assist travelers in this area.

Vanderbilt Beach Road between Airport-Pulling Road and Collier Boulevard – On Vanderbilt Beach Road between Airport-Pulling Road and Collier Boulevard expect both westbound and eastbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

WORK BY OTHERS:

Airport-Pulling Road between Trade Center Way and Orange Blossom Drive – On Airport-Pulling Road between Trade Center Way and Orange Blossom Drive expect southbound traffic to be reduced from two lanes to one lane intermittently for approximately one month OVERNIGHT from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting, as crews working for Florida Power and Light install new poles. Flagmen, lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area.

J & C Boulevard between Taylor Road and Airport-Pulling Road – On J & C Boulevard between Taylor Road and Airport-Pulling Road expect traffic to be reduced to ONE LANE ONLY intermittently for approximately three weeks OVERNIGHT from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., weather permitting, as crews working for Florida Power and Light install new poles. Flagmen, electronic message boards, lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to assist travelers in this area

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