A new research center at Florida Poly University, the Advanced Mobility Institute, will focus on safety of autonomous vehicles. The university is working alongside Suntrax, the Florida Turnpike Enterprise’s test track being built nearby.
NW LAKELAND: The future of transportation in northwest Lakeland — cars, buses, bikes, walking — will be the focus of a public Florida DOT workshop Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Coleman Bush Building, 1104 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
LIME STREET: Lime Street south of the RP Funding Center will be closed to most traffic for two weeks starting Monday as crews upgrade pedestrian crossings and sewer lines. The work is associated with hotel construction that will shift the parking that’s currently closest to the Youkey Theatre to the lots south of Lime | Detour map
To test the effects of downsizing Florida Avenue in Dixieland, planners anticipate separating cars from pedestrians with a low, four-foot-wide concrete barrier and decorative planters.
After seeing artists’ concepts for the planned “road diet” today, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority board member Eric “Bro” Belvin said he views the test as a needed boost for Dixieland businesses, their customers and nearby residents.
Three dozen bicyclists rode slowly three times around Lake Hollingsworth this evening as part of the international Ride of Silence. The rides are held to honor and remember those who were injured or killed while riding on public roadways.
Starting in two weeks, Legacy Flights will offer three weekend day-trip flights from Lakeland to Key West. Cost is $199 for Florida residents, $299 for others. For now, it’s down in the morning and back the same evening, but overnight stays are envisioned for the future. The company is hoping to expand to other island and Southeast destinations | Check flight times
Land clearing is expected to start in July on the project on the north side of Lakeland Linder Airport. The $13 million cost to prepare the site is being split between the city and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Changes planned for the intersection of Ingraham Avenue and Lake Hollingsworth Drive include a continuous-flow bike lane and elimination of one of the cross-walks across the lakeside roadway.