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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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LAKELAND ELECTRIC RATINGS AFFIRMED

 

Lakeland, Florida, January 15, 2016 — Fitch Ratings, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services have assigned long-term ratings of AA-, Aa3, and AA, respectively, to Lakeland Electric’s 2016 energy system bonds. At the same time, all three rating services also affirmed the same ratings on the utility's existing debt. The outlook for Lakeland Electric is stable.

Lakeland Electric fared well due to many factors, including its competitive rates - which are among the lowest in Florida - and a dependable low-cost power supply provided by the utility’s own gas- and coal-fired power plants.

“We consistently have some of the most competitive electric rates in the state,” said    Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric. “Thanks to our strong energy production fleet, like McIntosh 5 and 3, and our ability to diversify how we produce or procure power, we are positioned well for the future and for our customers.”

For more information on the individual rating services reports, please click here or visit our website at www.LakelandElectric.com and click on the Ratings Banner at the top of the home page.

 

For more information:

Cindy Clemmons

Lakeland Electric

863-834-6595

cindy.clemmons@lakelandelectric.com

 

 


Welcome Aboard to all of our new City of Lakeland team members.

Welcome Aboard to all of our new City of Lakeland team members.

Best of luck to Carl Anderson Jr, Ray Daugherty, Nate Fleming, Michael Hammersla, Karen Hornsby, Thomas Johnston, Nancy Nicholson, Jennifer Rider, Jeffrey Robinson, Kevin Stinebaugh, and Colton Thompson.


Crystal Lake Drive /  Lake Hollingsworth Drive Bike Lanes Project
The Crystal Lake Drive Bike Lanes Project will construct bike lanes along Crystal Lake Drive from Lake Hollingsworth Drive to New Jersey Road and upgrade the storm sewer system along that segment of roadway. Intersection improvements are also proposed at the intersection of Crystal Lake Drive and Lake Hollingsworth Drive. Construction is expected to begin on or around February 1, 2016 and last until July of 2016. It will be necessary to close this segment of roadway to eastbound traffic for much of the construction duration. Westbound traffic will be maintained. Access to all adjacent properties will be maintained.
 
Crystal Lake Drive / New Jersey Road Bike Lanes Project
A second project proposed on Crystal Lake Drive from New Jersey Road to Bartow Road (US 98) will add bike lanes on both sides of the road and a sidewalk on the north side of the road. Construction is scheduled to begin in July of 2016 and end in December of 2016. This second project will also close its project limits to eastbound traffic for much of the construction duration. Westbound traffic will be maintained. Access to all adjacent properties will be maintained.
 
For additional information on the projects, please call 863-834-6040.