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LAKELAND’S FIRST ROUNDABOUT LOCATED AT LAKE HOLLINGSWORTH DRIVE & HOLLINGSWORTH ROAD WILL OPEN JULY 28TH WITH WATER BALLOON CHRISTENING

LAKELAND, FL (July 15, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will open the newly constructed roundabout located at the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road on Tuesday, July 28th.  The roadway has been closed for construction and there will be a celebration starting at 9 a.m. to christen the project as completed. The roadway will open to the public immediately after the celebration at approximately 9:30 a.m.  The Lakeland City Commission, administration and project stakeholders will christen the new roadway with water balloons as part of the roundabout opening ceremony. 

The roundabout was constructed as part of a Lake Hollingsworth 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, “We are very pleased to open the roundabout a few weeks ahead of schedule.”  He added, “The roundabout is just one element of a master plan to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety for an area that sees a great deal of recreational and automobile activity.”

A number of multi-modal enhancements have been included in the roundabout design such as raised brick crosswalks, a landscaped center island and improved street lighting.  The roundabout construction started in early May and the project took about 80 days to complete. The roundabout project required utility and sidewalk relocations and the Lake Hollingsworth Multi-Use Trail was re-routed to accommodate the new roundabout. 

Those attending the roundabout opening ceremony are asked to turn onto Callahan Court from Hollingsworth Drive and then take the second driveway on the right for parking.  The ceremony will take place at the roundabout location where Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road intersect.

 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/ 

 


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City of Lakeland

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CITY OF LAKELAND PREPPING SOUTHERN LANDINGS WORKSITE

FENCING BEING INSTALLED – CONSTRUCTION TO START MID-MARCH

 

LAKELAND, FL (March 3, 2015) - Fencing is currently being installed in preparation of a City of Lakeland Lakes & Stormwater project on the north side of Lake Hollingsworth at Southern Landings (across from Florida Southern College).

 

The City of Lakeland is planning to complete repairs to the stormwater detention pond along the boardwalk at the Southern Landings. The activities planned include the removal and replacement of a failed concrete weir structure.  The replacement of the weir is essential for the stormwater pond to function properly. 

 

Weirs are designed to alter flow characteristics of water bodies. In most cases, weirs take the form of obstructions that pool water behind them while also allowing the water to flow steadily over their tops. Weirs are commonly used to prevent flooding and measure discharge.

 

Construction activities will take place beginning early March 2015.  In order to protect the safety of the public, fencing is being installed around the perimeter of the work site, as well as at the entrance to the boardwalk to restrict access to the construction area through the duration of the project. 

 

The fencing is being installed on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and will be removed as soon as the construction activities are completed. The construction project is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.  The City of Lakeland apologizes for any inconvenience the project may have because of the boardwalk being closed to the public during the time of construction. 

 

 


LAKE MORTON SHORELINE IMPROVEMENTS

STABILIZATION PROJECT WILL INCLUDE AQUATIC PLANTS AND UPLAND PLANT SPECIES


LAKELAND, FL (February 26, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will soon be planting aquatic plants as well as grasses and shrubs along an area of shoreline on Lake Morton as part of A long-term shoreline stabilization plan.  Curtis Porterfield, Manager of the Lakes & Stormwater Division said, “There is a 150 ft. section of shoreline on the north end of the lake, across from the Chamber of Commerce, in need of immediate repair and this is the area where visitors will see us working.” 

 

Similar to prior aquatic planting efforts of the City, a low-profile fence will be erected on Monday, March 9th so newly planted aquatic vegetation can get established.  The green vinyl chain-link fence will be up for approximately one year.  Porterfield said, “Because of the abundance of waterfowl on Lake Morton, the pressure on new plants is extremely high.  For this reason, a perimeter fence is needed to ensure successful plant growth.”

 

Native aquatic and upland species of plants will be used as a natural shoreline stabilizer very similar to other areas around Lake Morton that have already been established.   A portion of the geofabric that is in place now will be removed so visitors around Lake Morton may see a piece of heavy equipment in the area for a few hours before the fence is installed.

 

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PUBLIC MEETING:  North Wabash Avenue Extension Alignment Study
From 10th Street to Fairbanks Street

The City of Lakeland is holding a Public Hearing regarding the North Wabash Avenue Extension Alignment Study in Lakeland, Florida. The study is evaluating an extension of North Wabash Avenue from 10th Street to Fairbanks Street, a distance of approximately 0.75 miles. This project is shown in the Polk Transportation Planning Organization’s Cost Feasible Plan through construction.     

The Public Hearing will be held Monday, March 17, 2014 at Lakeland City Hall in the City Commission Chambers located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801. City staff and representatives from the study team will be available to present the findings and recommendations of the study. The Hearing is part of the scheduled City Commission meeting which begins at 9:00 a.m.

Oral comments will be received at the Public Hearing and all comments will become part of the project’s public record.   

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services, free of charge, should contact: Study Team Project Manager Mr. Marty Peate, at 813-636-2477 or by e-mail to martin.peate@urs.com, at least seven (7) days prior to the workshop.

For more information concerning the project, please contact City of Lakeland Manager Mr. Greg James, at 863-834-6040, by e-mail to greg.james@lakelandgov.net or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw.