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South Florida Ave Design Project - Public Hearing

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing for SR 37 (South Florida Avenue) design project from Polk Parkway to Belmar Street in Polk County. The hearing is Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Imperial Swan Hotel & Suites, 4141 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland. We've included project and meeting location maps below for your reference.

 

The hearing starts with an open house at 6 p.m. and follows with a formal presentation and public comment period at 7 p.m. People attending the hearing can review project displays and aerial photographs and speak one-on-one with project team members. Written statements or exhibits submitted at the hearing, emailed, or mailed and postmarked by July 5, 2013 will become a part of the official hearing transcript.

 

FDOT will add pedestrian refuge islands, or short raised areas, to the bi-directional left turn lane of SR 37 within the project limits. Pedestrians can use this area to wait while crossing SR 37 in areas other than intersections with signals. The improvements will not require the acquisition of additional right-of-way and or significantly change existing access to properties.

 

FDOT is sending notices to all property owners and interested people located at least 300 feet on either side of SR 37 within the project limits.  FDOT welcomes and appreciates the community’s participation in the project. The hearing gives everyone an opportunity to express his or her views regarding the project plans. For more information about the project, please contact Amy Blair, P.E. by phone at (863) 519-2272 or by email at Amy.Blair@dot.state.fl.us. Ms. Blair also can assist with arrangements for translation services or special accommodations. We need about one week’s advance notice to make these arrangements.

 

The meeting is developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.

 


Lake Beulah Public Meeting - Monday, June 24, 2013

The Florida Department of Transportation and Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) are funding improvements around Lake Beulah in order to beautify this gateway into Lakeland and the surrounding neighborhoods and to improve conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit patrons. Through this project, the existing five-foot wide concrete sidewalk will be replaced with an eight- to ten-foot wide asphalt multi use trail. This project also includes the installation of decorative lighting along the trail, landscaping and transit stop improvements including the construction of a new transit shelter at the Hartsell Avenue intersection. 

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT view meeting notice

The City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency will conduct a public information meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection) Offices located at 1212 George Jenkins Boulevard, Lakeland. The City of Lakeland is hosting this meeting to inform the public about the project scope and schedule, and provide the public and adjacent property owners with an opportunity to ask questions concerning the upcoming improvements. The meeting is an open-house format with no formal presentation, allowing you to view the displays at your convenience. Materials on display will include illustrations of the proposed improvements and project schedule. City staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns. 

Display boards of this project will also be made available beginning June 17th in the lobby of Lakeland City Hall located at 228 South Massachusetts Avenue. 

We invite and encourage you to attend this meeting. If you have any questions about this meeting or the project or may require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act contact Chuck Barmby at 863-834-6011, at least seven days before the meeting. 

PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS 

Lake Beulah is an important public space for the surrounding neighborhood, serves as a gateway to the Downtown Lakeland area and is a component of the Lake-to-Lake Bikeway Network. The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to implement the following project that is intended to beautify and improve transportation facilities around Lake Beulah:

  • Replacement of existing five-foot wide sidewalk with an eight- to ten-foot wide asphalt bicycle and pedestrian trail. 
  • Installation of decorative lighting along the new trail, around the entire lake. 
  • Construction of new transit stops, including the installation of a new transit shelter on the south side of Lake Beulah Drive just west of the Hartsell Avenue intersection. Each stop will include decorative benches and trash receptacles. Bicycle racks will also be installed as part of this project. 
  • Traffic signal and pedestrian crossing improvements at the “Five Points” intersection and a new crosswalk at Veterans Park. 
  • Planting of “Trees of Military Significance”, descendants of trees from important battlefields in American history.