Beacon Road sidewalk improvement project; Construction planned for fall / winter 2021
LAKELAND, FL (May 12, 2021) | The Town of Lakeland will construct a sidewalk improvement project on West Beacon Road from N. Lincoln Avenue to Shawnee Trail to provide a safe route for pedestrians without requiring them to cross the street. The project will also address ADA compliance issues with a sidewalk and curb ramps designed to better assist people with reduced mobility. The project will include an improved school crossing at Eden Parkway for students heading to Southwest Middle School and is expected to begin in Fall / Winter 2021.
In 2018, the City of Lakeland received a request to construct a new sidewalk on the north side of Beacon Road between Lincoln Avenue and South Florida Avenue. Chuck Barmby, Director of Business Development and Transportation, said: “There is a school crossing at the Eden Parkway and Camphor Street intersection that does not actually lead to a sidewalk. A sidewalk along the north side of Beacon Road will provide an essential connection to address this safety gap.
Beacon Road is an urban collector with an average of 6,700 vehicles per day plying the road. Currently the pavement is not compliant, but installing a sidewalk on the north side of Beacon Road will bring the area into compliance with the city’s engineering standards manual for an urban collector.
The project is estimated at $ 342,000 and is funded by gasoline tax collection through the City of Lakeland Transportation Fund. Gasoline taxes are the main source of funds available to local governments to improve streets, including sidewalks, bike paths and traffic lights. Gasoline taxes are the main source of funding for the maintenance and operation of local road networks used by a growing population.
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The town of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown into one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population of 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 just an hour’s drive away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its convenient location in central Florida along the I-4 corridor. The city owns and operates Lakeland Electric, Florida’s third largest utility, and it was one of the first to deliver electricity to the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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