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LAKELAND, FL (July 30, 2021) – City of Lakeland Wastewater crews will continue overnight sanitary sewer rehabilitation work in the downtown area starting Monday, August 2nd.   On Monday, starting at 7 p.m. and lasting until 6 a.m., lane closures and detours will be established on South Florida Avenue between Palmetto Street and Hillcrest Street.  Lane closures and sewer work will continue Tuesday, August 3rd with detours and lane closures on East Lime Street between South Kentucky Avenue and South Massachusetts Avenue.  All lane closures will start at 7 p.m. with lanes re-opened to normal operations by 6 a.m. the following morning.

There will be additional lane closure activity on South Florida Avenue and in the area just north of Lake Morton over the next 3-4 weeks as City crews complete the current sewer rehabilitation work schedule. 

The work on South Florida Avenue, taking place on Monday, August 2nd will require one through lane and the center turn lane to close. Traffic will be detoured to Missouri Avenue while work is being done.  The sewer rehabilitation work being done on Tuesday, August 3rd will require both lanes to close and there will be a clearly marked detour to guide vehicular traffic.

City Manager Shawn Sherrouse said, “This sanitary sewer rehabilitation is budgeted and on our work schedule because our records indicate these lines are over a century old. Rehabbing these older sewer lines, some that have been in place since the 1920s, will help us avoid possible emergency repairs in the future.”

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow, capitalizing on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. Lakeland has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 35 years. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over a century ago. 

For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.  Citizens are also invited to follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Snapchat, and Nextdoor.  Citizens can find the City of Lakeland on these social media platforms by searching lakelandgov. 

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