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New York Avenue Pedestrian Crossing Design

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Project Overview

Project Overview

The proposed overpass consists of a bridge spanning the CSX Railroad right-of-way, a switch-back ramp approach structure to the south, and a switch-back ramp approach and staircase structure to the north, for a total length of 312 feet. The bridge and approach will be 12-ft wide. The railings along the bridge are proposed as 48 inches tall. The overpass is proposed to align with the New York Cycle Track to the south, and meet the maximum Americans With Disability Act (ADA) allowable ramp grades. While the intersection with Lake Wire Drive is proposed to remain, the intersection with Main Street will be reconfigured into a T-shape. No additional right-of-way is needed, however some existing driveways will be impacted. A permit is required to span the CSX Railroad. The bridge height will meet the minimum vertical clearance of 23.5 feet over the CSX Railroad. The following figure presents various views of the proposed overpass.

Project Goals

  • Address public and agency concerns
  • Minimize impacts to the community (parking, utilities, surrounding buildings)
  • Design construction plans in consultation with the City of Lakeland
  • Enhance bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, and align with the existing New York Ave. Cycle Track
  • Support the City’s long-term planning vision for Lake-to-Lake Greenway Connector
  • Support the need for continuous bicycle and pedestrian linkage around Downtown Lakeland

Related Links


Florida Transportation Plan


Florida Department of Transportation


City of Lakeland


Polk County Government


Polk Transportation Planning Organization’s (TPO) 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)


Polk TPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)


Central Florida Regional Planning Council


Southwest Florida Water Management District


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