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Joseph Baan, P.E., is pleased to announce that Josue Diaz, P.E. will be serving as the Professional Engineer in the City of Lakeland Public Works Department’s Engineering Division. Josue’s duties will include supervising the Design & Permitting Section in the Engineering Division.

Josue has been working in the civil engineering field for over 13 years in both Florida and Puerto Rico. For the past ten years he worked in the Bartow office of AECOM (formerly URS), a multi-national private consulting organization, designing roadway and drainage projects for Polk County, FDOT, and other local clients.

As a resident of Lakeland for almost ten years, Josue is very excited to be part of the City of Lakeland staff, and eager to contribute to the City’s vision of a superior quality of life for all its Citizens. He is optimistic that his skills and experience will supplement an already talented team of engineers and professionals in the city.

Josue holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and in Puerto Rico.


LAKELAND, FL (August 13, 2015) – Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works, is pleased to announce that Angelo Rao, P.E., will serve as the City of Lakeland’s next Manager of Traffic Operations. Prior to beginning work with the City of Lakeland, Rao was employed by BCC Engineering, Inc., serving as the Director of Local Government Services. Rao has over 35 years’ experience providing planning, design and project management in the transportation services arena with emphasis on traffic calming, complete streets, livable communities, and bicycle/pedestrian safety enhancements. For more than 23 years of his professional career, he has been employed in the public service sector as an employee of various government organizations.

Lilyquist commented, “Angelo brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge in the transportation field, and more specifically an area which the Lakeland City Commission has elected to place a heightened importance on – making Lakeland a more bike-friendly/walkable community.”

Rao said “I am looking forward to being part of the City of Lakeland, Public Works Management team”.  He added, “I am particularly eager to work with citizens on transportation issues to help enhance the quality of life that the residents of Lakeland already enjoy.”

He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. His annual salary as the Manager of Traffic Operations will be $94,494.




Public Meeting Notice for Proposed Seawall at Lake Hollingsworth

The City of Lakeland will conduct a Public Meeting to receive citizens’ comments on a proposed seawall installation at Lake Hollingsworth. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Room A, located at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland 33801.

The proposed location of the seawall is immediately adjacent to the public boat ramp on Lake Hollingsworth and will extend westward to the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club and eastward to the public concrete dock. The intent of the project is to stabilize the shoreline area adjacent to the boat ramp and prevent further erosion of the lake’s banks.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in an open-house format, where City staff and representatives from the project team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting. The public meeting is being conducted to present the enhancement alternatives and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Curtis Porterfield at at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

Project-related information may also be obtained by calling (863) 834-8439, or by following the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at .



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.


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