Lake Morton Drive Parking Boxes - Pilot Project
LAKELAND, FL (November 30, 2018) | The City of Lakeland Public Works Department will soon be striping dedicated parking boxes that will accommodate approximately 55 cars on Lake Morton Drive as a test project. Street side parking along Lake Morton Drive is currently allowed in certain high-traffic areas but there are no parking boxes painted on the roadway. Work is scheduled to begin on December 13th at 7 AM. The project is expected to take one day to complete and motorist should expect periodic lane closures. Cones will be placed in the parking areas on a rotational basis to facilitate the painting.
The left-turn lane at East Palmetto Street and Lake Morton Drive will be eliminated as part of the re-striping project. This will be done to enhance multi-modal mobility and to connect with the Johnson Avenue Lake-to-Lake bicycle system. Bicycle lanes will be added to both sides of Palmetto Street, between Johnson Avenue and Lake Morton Drive. This design includes merging the westbound left and right turn lanes into a single combination lane.
Angelo Rao, Manager of Traffic Operations said, “This is a pilot project that will be implemented on the land side of the roadway. This test solution provides a low-cost method of enhancing accessibility to the street for all road users, while promoting additional friction and thereby reducing operating speeds and increasing the awareness of motorists.”
After a pedestrian was seriously injured and a number of swans were killed due to automobiles, the City of Lakeland started exploring possible options to increase driver awareness on Lake Morton Drive. Citizens were asked to weigh-in on their opinions through a web-based community survey tool. Traffic Operations also outlined possible solutions to increase driver awareness including the recently implemented 20 MPH speed limit on Lake Morton Drive.
City Manager Tony Delgado said, “We asked for citizen input regarding safety, accessibility and mobility enhancements. We also had the Public Works Department outline possible solutions to meet our objective and marked parking was at the top of citizen and staff recommendations.”
To enhance the safety, accessibility and mobility for all roadway users including the wildlife on Lake Morton Drive in a sustainable (long-lasting) and cost-effective manner that compliments the aesthetics of the surrounding neighborhood.
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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