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Project Details
Work Type: Drainage Construction
Phase: Construction
Limits: Intersection of SR 17 and Hillcrest Avenue in Lake Wales
Construction Cost: $1.2 million
Start of Current Phase: Mid 2024
Est. Completion of Current Phase: Late 2024

This drainage improvement project is located at the lowest point on South Scenic Highway - at the bottom of three hills in Lake Wales, Florida. The existing inlets are not sufficient to capture all of the water, not only causing a roadway failure during Hurricane Ian, but also requiring excessive maintenance at this location on a regular basis. This project, which is located at the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and South Scenic Highway, will bring much needed drainage relief to the area. Project Improvements include:

  • Adding additional curb inlets, cross drains and pipe to improve drainage
  • Reconstructing curb, gutter and sidewalk on the west side of South Scenic Highway
  • Improving accessibility at sidewalk curb ramps that do not currently meet ADA requirements
  • Replacing guardrail and updating signs
  • Reconstructing the intersection at Hillcrest Avenue with State Road 17

During construction, motorists should expect changes in the traffic pattern including lane shifts and road closures with detours. Planned detours can be viewed under Project Documents below.


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Contact Information
Communications Team
Sandra Mancil
Design Project Manager
Kellie Spurgeon
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Project Documents