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Sewer Repair Will Impact Portion of South Florida Avenue: Four Repair Locations Part of Project

UPDATE (June 24, 2019) | The sewer repair that started Sunday, June 23rd along a portion of South Florida Avenue is being wrapped up now.  All of the repair work has been completed including the replacement of 60-year-old wastewater pipe and two manholes.  It is estimated that South Florida Avenue will open this evening once paving is complete, the area is swept for debris and traffic control materials are removed from the roadway.

 What: Sewer Repair
When: June 23-30
S Florida Ave btw East Palmetto & W Walnut
Age degradation on two sewer lines

LAKELAND, FL (June 10, 2019) | Starting on Sunday, June 23rd the City of Lakeland Wastewater Collection Division will perform critical repairs on a section of sewer main located under South Florida Avenue between East Palmetto Street and West Walnut Street.  There will be four individual repair locations as part of the overall project. The overall project includes the replacement of two unserviceable manholes and the repair of two broken sewer lines. Age degradation is the primary factor for the facility failure because most of the infrastructure was originally installed over 60 years ago. 

The Wastewater Collection Division is working with the Florida Department of Transportation to complete the repairs before the upcoming planned improvements along this portion of South Florida Avenue.  City Manager Tony Delgado said, “Work is scheduled to begin on the afternoon of Sunday, June 23rd and should last approximately one week.  Please keep in mind the goal is to get the repairs done as quickly as possible to get this major roadway back to normal operation.”

In order to facilitate the repairs, the two inside travel lanes and the center turn lane on South Florida Avenue will be closed from Mosswood Road to East Walnut Street. There will be traffic transition areas on either side of the closure that will extend to south of Riggins Street and north of Olive Street.  The transition area warns drivers and starts the lane reduction process. All appropriate lane closure signage will be in place during construction. Digital message boards will be placed on South Florida Avenue two weeks prior to construction giving motorists advanced notice of the upcoming work. Access to South Florida Avenue from side streets and driveways in the closure and transition areas will be limited to right turns only. The lane closures will be in place 24-hours per day for the duration of construction.  

Richard Ruede, Manager of Waste Water Collection said, “The repair at the corner of West Hickory and South Florida Avenue is because of an aging broken business line. He added, “We discovered the issues during routine maintenance but we didn’t correct them at the time due to their location within Florida Avenue. In order to least impact our citizens and automobile traffic, we are going to make all four repairs at the same time.”

Any questions regarding this closure or constructions work please contact the Wastewater Collection Division at 863.834.8277.


Wastewater Collection
Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

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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