Published: Nov 07, 2013 12:46 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The controversial sand hauling project that's been putting dozens of trucks on Lee County roads, could be wrapping up ahead of schedule.

Naples Mayor John Sorey, a member of the Coastal Advisory Committee, said the project will wrap up ahead of the original deadline for February 15. Collier Beach Renourishment maybe completed by the first of the year. He said the project is about 40 percent complete.

Many beaches are about half-done and reopened to the public, including Parkshore and vanderbilt beach. Mayor Sorey said they'll be starting on Lowdermilk in just a couple weeks.

Sorey said Thanksgiving weekend will be free from construction. Equipment will be secured and crews will take a break, so visitors can enjoy the views in peace.