Scheduled to go into effect today: New electronic signs on Florida Avenue that will flash warnings when downtown rail crossing barriers are about to go down. Drivers can choose alternate routes or stay the course, according to a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation, which funded the nearly $900,000 system, the first of its kind in the state.
Reroute 2020, a new system of bus routes for Lakeland, will be implemented Oct. 1 after the plan was approved Wednesday by the board overseeing the Citrus Connection transit service. During a two-month test, response from riders was overwhelmingly positive, board members were told.
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Constant traffic on two-lane West Pipkin Road between Florida Avenue and Harden Boulevard is already a burden, those who live there say; they are speaking with county commissioners today to seek relief in the face of new housing developments and large employers that will add more trips to the busy road.
Downtown Lakeland’s New York Avenue bicycle path is nearing completion. A few improvements are being made prior to the final inspection, which is expected to take place next month, Lakeland Public Works Director Heath Frederick said.
The three-block path between Lime and Main Streets is formally called a “bicycle track,” but it’s more of a connector that will take cyclists between a future trail along the west side of Lake Hunter and the planned over-the-railroad pedestrian bridge that will connect New York Avenue with Lake Wire. More
A new bridge planned over I-4 just west of Kathleen Road would accommodate the express rail service proposed to run in the interstate median, Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. Like newer bridges over I-4, the updated CSX railroad bridge would accommodate both trains in the median and future expansion of I-4 traffic lanes. Virgin Trains USA, formerly called Brightline, is preparing a Tampa-Orlando express route that it says will eventually include a stop in Polk County.
During a one-year test of a “road diet” reducing Florida Avenue in Dixieland from five lanes to three, an unprecedented collection of data will supplement community feedback in determining how the project affects safety, travel time, economic impact and effects on nearby roads. Eleven sensors along the corridor are already collecting speed and travel-time data, and traffic counters will be installed at each intersection.
The Morning Paper got an advance look at a proposed new Citrus Connection route and scheduling plan to be released today that will make bus service available earlier in the morning and later in the evening on weekdays. The goal is to accommodate more riders going to and from work, but mid-day riders might find buses run less frequently.
An awkward five-way intersection at the north end of Lake Beulah would become a roundabout with four access points, under a plan being floated by city officials. Members of the public will have a chance to learn more and comment on the proposal at two public meetings scheduled for later this month. More