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Polk County: Downtown Lakeland Pedestrian Crossing
Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate bicycle and pedestrian access improvements at the intersections of the CSX Railroad with Kentucky Avenue and New York Avenue in the City of Lakeland within Polk County. In a collaborative effort between the City of Lakeland and FDOT, these two locations were recommended to improve access at the Kentucky Avenue and New York Avenue railroad grade crossings as a result of the Polk Rail Study (completed in 2014). The study will involve the evaluation of grade-separated concepts to enhance bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, access and mobility.
The project locations are shown on the project location map below.
This website contains information related to the PD&E study process, includes project documents and provides for public involvement opportunities and contact information. The website will serve as the central information resource for the project. Documents, meeting announcements and other information will be posted as it becomes available. Please check back regularly.
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The April 2017 Alternatives Public Workshop produced no comments in favor of the proposed bridge at the Kentucky Avenue location and 20 comments that did not support the proposed pedestrian bridge. On August 21, 2017, the City of Lakeland Commission enacted Resolution 17-043 asking FDOT to select the No-Build Alternative at the Kentucky Avenue and CSX railroad crossing and instead, implement safety enhancements at the at-grade existing crossing.
Because of lack of project need, community impacts, and lack of public and agency support, the No-Build Alternative is recommended for the Kentucky Avenue at CSX railroad crossing location.
One (Southwest Florida)
Financial Project ID
(New York Avenue)
Est. Completion Date
PD&E Study December 2018
PD&E Study $1 Million
Lengths and Limits
Kentucky Avenue between Cedar Street and Pine Street: The project study area will extend along Kentucky Avenue from Main Street, north to Bay Street, and along the CSX Railroad from Florida Avenue to Iowa Avenue.
New York Avenue between Main Street and Lake Wire Drive: The project study area will extend along New York Avenue from Lemon Street to Pine Street, and along the CSX Railroad from Sikes Boulevard to Tennessee Avenue.
CH2M HILL, Inc.
Patrick Bateman, E.I.