Thirty Inch Force Main Project Will Impact Cleveland Heights Boulevard
Dog Leg Woods, Azalea & Eastway Will Also Be Impacted
LAKELAND, FL (July 2, 2019) | The City of Lakeland is constructing 3,820 feet of very large 30-inch pipeline along Azalea Street and Eastway Drive that will cross Cleveland Heights Boulevard. The project will eventually impact a portion of Dog Leg Woods Dog Park. The project is part of the larger English Oaks Force Main Project being constructed to better serve southwest Lakeland.
City Manager Tony Delgado said, “The contractor will mobilize July 8th to start on the portion of the project that will impact Cleveland Heights Boulevard. At that time, traffic control will be implemented and the asphalt milling will take place preparing the roadway for pipe installation.” It will take approximately five-weeks to cross all four lanes on Cleveland Heights Boulevard. Cleveland Heights Boulevard will have traffic shifts and be reduced to two lanes between Robin Road and Raintree Boulevard during the five-week construction period.
The crossing of Dog Leg Woods Dog Park will be a continuation of the project after the large pipe crosses Cleveland Heights Boulevard. This portion of the project will happen in August and will last approximately three weeks. Dog Leg Woods Dog Park will be temporarily reduced in size from four acres to two acres. Fencing will be installed to keep the dog park open during this phase of the 30-inch water main construction project.
The final part of the installation of pipe will take place along Eastway Drive, continue to Azalea Street and will connect to pipe at South Florida Avenue. This final leg of the project is expected to start in September and will take approximately three months to complete. During this phase of the project, local traffic on Eastway and Azalea will be open to one lane of local traffic.
Digital message boards and warning signs will be posted to notify the public prior to and during construction activity. Local residents and business that may be impacted by the construction activity have been notified and will continue to be updated during the duration of the project.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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