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This is the official blog of the City of Lakeland, Florida. Check back frequently to stay up to date with all that going on in our beautiful city!

The City of Lakeland recently started a downtownstreet paving project. Unlike traditional paving methods that take days, weeks or months to prepare and pave the surface, the downtown project used a process called micro-paving.

Micro-surfacing is a mixture of polymer modified asphalt emulsion, aggregate and filler, and water that is mixed and applied in two passes with the specialized equipment. The first pass is designed to smooth out surface irregularities and fill ruts prior to application of the surface course. A micro-paved street can accept traffic within one hour after application under most conditions and that is a big advantage over traditional paving methods.

About a 20 City block area was resurfaced using the micro-paving process at a total cost of $169,000. The project was completed in days instead of weeks at half the cost of traditional paving methods. A typical micro-paved street has a life expectancy of 10 years in comparison to the 12 year life expectancy of traditional paving.

The downtown paving project was paid for using shared fuel tax revenues that are collected at the pump as part of the price for a gallon of gasoline. State law limits the use of those local taxes to transportation costs such as road construction.

The benefits of micro-paving are obvious because of the cost savings but even the old road aggregate that is scraped in preparation the new pavement is recycled into other uses by the City’s Division of Construction and Maintenance.

Mike Whigham, Manager of Construction and Maintenance shares with us the process and benefits of micro-paving in the video above.

The Lakeland Police Department and other local agencies are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration by holding a Drug Take Back Day for citizens that would like to discard unwanted human or pet medication they may have accumulated in the back of their medicine cabinet or cupboards.  It does not matter how many, what size, or what kind they are.  Pills need to be placed in a clear, air-tight sealed plastic bag, and may be dropped off on Saturday, April 30, 2011, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., where law enforcement personnel will be present to accept the pills.

Additional Locations for Safe Disposal:

Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL

City of Zolfo Springs Sheriff Substation – US 17 (Town Hall Building), Zolfo Springs, FL

Florida Dept. of Transportation – 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL – Hosted by Bartow Police Dept.

Davenport Police Department – 17 Market Street, Davenport, FL

Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL

Hardee County Sheriff’s Office – 900 East Summit Street, Wauchula, FL

Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 North Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL

Lake Wales Police Department – 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL

Lakeland Police Department– 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL


Winter Haven Police Department – 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL

Wauchula Police Department - 128 South 7th Street, Wauchula, FL

This event has been designed to bring about awareness.  Accidental prescription drug overdose is reportedly on the rise.  Storing excess pills you do not intend to use or storing outdated medication in your home can pose a risk for accidental ingestion or abuse.  Disposing of pills by flushing them down the toilet or sink can cause contamination to lakes and ground water.

For additional information, contact Sergeant Terri Smith,  PIO at 863.834.6917.   There is also information available at or contact StandUp Polk Coalition/InnerAct Alliance at 863.802.0777.

The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will be celebrating the American Public Works Association National Public Works Week (NPWW) from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011 as part of Downtown Lakeland’s First Friday event. First Friday celebrates downtown each month with music and entertainment along the streets.  A classic car show will highlight the May 6th event.

The NPWW celebration will be In Munn Park featuring displays from each division from the City of Lakeland Public Works Department.  Some of the feature displays include: heavy duty equipment, Lakes & Stormwater awareness campaigns, pedestrian & bicycle safety, solid waste collection, recycling materials and much more! Along with these events there will be children’s activities, give-a-ways and fun for the whole family!

Everyone is invited to the May 6th First Friday event and the celebration of NPWW.  On May 6th parking is free beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Main Street Parking Garage.  Additional free parking is available in the Bay Street Lot, the Oak Street Park & Ride and old fire station lot located at 400 E. Main St.

2011 Public Works Week Poster.pdf

LAKELAND, FL (April 22, 2011) - Much of the downtown area paving project will be completed before close of business day.  Crews will be working on Saturday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. with the focus on milling the curb edges along Main Street between Tennessee and Kentucky Avenue.  There will be additional milling during the same time period along the curb lines of Lemon and Orange Streets.


Paving will resume on Monday, April 25th at approximately 6:30 a.m.  Paving will start on Main Street at Florida Avenue working east block by block.  As paving on Main Street is completed, the crews will move to Lemon Street and resume paving on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. to finish Orange Street.