Deadly intersection in East Naples to get traffic light

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— State transportation officials have given the green light to a new traffic signal at U.S. 41 and Southwest Boulevard, the site of a fatal pedestrian crash last month.

Florida Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Debbie Tower confirmed Friday that the state has approved the traffic signal at the Whistler’s Cove neighborhood.

“The developer there said it would be involved with funding design and instillation. We will be working with the county on it,” she said.

Tower referred further comment to Connie Deane, community liaison for the Collier County Growth Management Office.

Deane said the county does not have a firm date when the light will be installed, but said the county and the developer, who is paying for the light, are working as quickly as possible to get it up. “We want to have it done as soon as they can, but there are things that have to be done, like the fabrication of the poles. It is not a one size fits all,” she said.

Deane said the state will still have to review and approve all plans before the signal can be instilled.

“U.S. 41 is a state road and it is up to the state to facilitate the process,” she said.

Commissioner Donna Fiala said during the Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting this month that the Treviso Bay developers would work with the transportation department to install the light and thanked them for being willing to underwrite the cost of the signal. Attempts to reach Fiala on Friday also was unsuccessful. Lennar Homes is the Treviso Bay developer.

Ana Cruz Mendez, 54, of Naples, was killed in January while crossing U.S. 41 near Whistler’s Cove Apartments. A Florida Highway Patrol report says she ran into the path of sport utility vehicle heading west toward the intersection with Southwest Boulevard.

The driver attempted to stop, but couldn’t avoid her, reports said.

That fatality came less than two months after Robert Michael Oliver, a 16-year-old Lely High School student, suffered a brain injury when he was hit by a car while riding his bike across the same intersection.

The Florida Department of Transportation has approved another traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Barefoot Williams Road, where Eagle Lakes Community Park is located. That light is scheduled to be installed in June.

While residents in the area said they appreciated the light, many argued that one also was needed at the entrance to Whistler’s Cove, which is about a half-mile north of the park.

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Comments » 19

pequa06 writes:

I cant believe the amount of misspelled words in a newspaper article! Shameful!

marlock writes:

Mark my words. After they put up the light someone will be killed trying to cross AGAINST the light. Watch and see. Then we can put up a pedestrian overpass up. OMG how ridiculous

Ezio_Auditore_da_Firenze (Inactive) writes:

Can we make it illegal for idiots to cross the road?

cornandbeans writes:

Fiala diala biala. I just threw up in my mouth.

Sick writes:

Sweet another camera system.

What a cash cow.

SkeeterBeater writes:

Beer Store to the West.. Low Income Housing to the East . A high speed Road between them , WOW .

dmarko326 writes:

$500,000 to ATS...HMMMM...wonder how many traffic lights this could have bought for new dangerous intersections,,,Kings Lake at Publix comes to mind!

CoolridenJoe (Inactive) writes:

How about just looking before attempting to cross the road and not attempting to cross the road when cars are to close to cross safely! As some others have already said there will still be deaths there because idiots will cross when they are not suppose too.

agarry writes:

More lighting and a fence to keep the toddlers from running out on the road from Whister's would solve more problems. More children have been killed there than adults. The lights would help drivers to see the folks that don't know how to cross the street.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to Sick:

Sweet another camera system.

What a cash cow.

I'm thinking armed civilian snipers, eh?

These are just old people coming from Marco and Miami!

All the time in the world!

Not_So_Nice_Anymore writes:

It's about Fing time. People have asked for a light there for 10 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dumbarsssssses

Ezio_Auditore_da_Firenze (Inactive) writes:

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greathornedlizard writes:

in response to pequa06:

I cant believe the amount of misspelled words in a newspaper article! Shameful!

Things are tough all over.
The copy editor doesn't get back from his paper route in time to edit the copy.

I use a drain open called Pequa, and like the commercial says (or used to) "Pequa always works!"
I would add that if Pequa doesn't work, the problem is something else..

greathornedlizard writes:

in response to Freeliberal:

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either that or at least one of the sixteen thousand unused patrol cars that the Sheriff parks all over the place.
Ford must have had a big sale...

glennhamilton writes:

Should be a law against walking while intoxicated or being s-----.

glennhamilton writes:

in response to SkeeterBeater:

Beer Store to the West.. Low Income Housing to the East . A high speed Road between them , WOW .

Doesn't get any better than that!!

Sick writes:

Will someone make friends with elephant please?

Very disturbed individual. Must be from GG.

pitbull39 writes:

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OP writes:

In all of the recent cases of pedestrians struck by vehicles the vehicle driver was not cited. So, it must have been the pedestrian at fault. And, yet, the not-at-fault party is one to be inconvenienced by another traffic stalling light. Government never solves anything.

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