MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE ROAD PROJECT WILL INCLUDE 49 NEW PARKING SPOTS
LAKELAND, FL (January 19, 2016) - The City of Lakeland will be adding approximately 49 new on-street parking spots as part of a road diet project on Massachusetts Avenue. Massachusetts Avenue will be resurfaced between Lake Morton Drive and Cedar Street. The roadway will then be striped for single northbound and southbound travel lanes with left-turn lanes at each intersection. This will include marking for the new on-street parking spaces.
The six-month project will include curb work, new sidewalk, street scape, resurfacing and the addition on street parking and it will be done in phases. Phase One includes area on Massachusetts Avenue between Lake Morton Drive and Cedar Street. Phase Two will begin north of the CSX railroad tracks and run north to the Intown Bypass. Phase One will create 49 additional on street parking spaces. Thirty-nine spaces will be located on the East side of Massachusetts Avenue between Lake Morton Drive and Lemon Street. There will be an additional 10 parking spaces on the West side of Massachusetts Avenue between Lemon Street and Main Street.
January – March
Construction & Maintenance crews are underway with reconstructing curb ramps through the project corridor and the reconstruction of the sidewalk on the west side of Massachusetts Avenue between Orange Street and Lime Street for ADA compliance. Traffic Operations is analyzing traffic movements at the Massachusetts Avenue/Cedar Street intersection and will consider adjusting the timing to allow for a protected southbound left-turn phase to reduce the potential for backups at this intersection as a result of the southbound left-turning movement.
March - May
Crews will construct streetscape on the west side of Massachusetts Avenue between Main Street and Cedar Street and along the south side of Cedar Street between Massachusetts Avenue and the alley to the west. All of the trees in the sidewalk will be replaced with elms. Also, three oak trees will be removed from the area sidewalk in front of City Hall and replaced with a single magnolia tree on the north side of the sidewalk leading to the entrance to City Hall. The streetscape will be reconstructed where the trees are removed. This is to address the problem with tree roots heaving the streetscape in this area.
May - July
The road diet project will begin with resurfacing Massachusetts Avenue. The road will then be striped for single northbound and southbound travel lanes with left-turn lanes at each intersection. Markings will be applied to include the new on-street parking spaces.
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