ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE – ENTIRE INTERSECTION CLOSED TO COMPLETE FINAL STAGES OF PROJECT
INSTALLED AT THE INTERSECTION OF LAKE HOLLINGSWORTH DRIVE & HOLLINGSWORTH ROAD
LAKELAND, FL - (June 16, 2015) - The City of Lakeland is in the final construction phase of installing the roundabout at the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road. During this phase of construction, the entire intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and
Hollingsworth Road will remain closed through early August when the roundabout will be opened for traffic. The road improvement is part of the original bicycle and pedestrian safety plan that began in 2012. Compared to other types of intersections, roundabouts are designed to improve safety, reduce congestion and reduce fuel usage.
Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works, said, “The City’s contractor is slightly ahead of schedule as we start the final stages of the roundabout construction.” He added, “The roundabout is a critical component to the overall plan to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety for this area of Lakeland which attracts a significant number of users.” The Roundabout will also feature multi-modal enhancements such as raised brick crosswalks leading into a landscaped center island and improved street lighting.
There are many elements of the project that have already been completed including utility and sidewalk relocation. The Lake Hollingsworth Multi-Use Trail was also re-routed during phase one of the project to accommodate the new roundabout.
“The construction contract requires the roundabout be open to traffic by mid-August in time for the beginning of the new school year,” Lilyquist said. “The entire intersection will be closed for approximately 30 days in order to complete construction of the Roundabout and this is timed to coincide with our lowest seasonal traffic volumes because area schools are on summer break.”
Guidelines for driving through the new single-lane roundabout:
As you approach the roundabout in any of the three directions, you will see a yellow "Roundabout (Symbol) Ahead" sign and a “Raised Crosswalk Ahead” sign – Slow Down.
Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. If there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, you should continue over the raised crosswalk at the advisory speed of 10 mph.
Continue toward the roundabout and look to your left as you near the yield sign and dashed yield line at the entrance to the roundabout. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the roundabout and proceed to your exit.
Use your right turn signal to indicate your intention to exit the roundabout.
As you exit the roundabout, look and stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
To learn more about roundabouts, visit http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/roundabouts/
For additional information on the Lake Hollingsworth Roundabout, please visit http://www.lakelandgov.net/lakehollingsworthroundabout.