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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One invites you to attend a public meeting on January 13, 2022, as part of the design process for proposed safety improvements on State Road (SR) 33 (Lakeland Hills Boulevard) from North Iowa Avenue to Parkview Place in Lakeland.

The proposed project design will add a raised grass median to replace the two-way, left turn lane on SR 33. Additional information can be found on the attached project information handout and at the project website atwww.swflroads.com/SR33/IOWATOPARKVIEW/. The purpose of the public meeting is to present information and obtain input on the project design.

An Open House from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. will present an opportunity for in-person attendees to view project exhibits and speak with FDOT staff. During that time remote attendees may view project exhibits atwww.swflroads.com/SR33/IOWATOPARKVIEW/ and may log into GoToWebinar or dial in to the meeting audio. There will be a looping presentation at the in-person location which will include details on this project. That same presentation will be shown to virtual attendees shortly after the meeting opens at 5:30 p.m.

Participation Formats

  • In-person at Lakeland Coleman-Bush Building, 1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Lakeland, FL 33805. All in-person attendees will be encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines, including social distancing. Masks are optional. Participants who are not feeling well should utilize a remote attendance option.
  • Online using an electronic device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Please register at:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4240934415659942157.
  • Over the phone by requesting the presentation slides at least seven (7) days in advance of the event by dialing 1-415-655-0052 and entering passcode 615-865-240 upon the start of the event. This will enable over-the-phone attendees to review the slides while listening to the presentation.
  • After the event by viewing a recording of the public meeting presentation, public comments, and project exhibits on the project websiteswww.swflroads.com/SR33/IOWATOPARKVIEW/ under “Documents and Publications.” Comments are always welcome, however, any comments submitted by Jan. 23, 2022, will become part of the public meeting record.

Registration

Advance registration will allow the project team to anticipate social distancing needs and discuss remote participation options with attendees. All attendees are requested to register in advance of the public meeting by calling or emailing FDOT Project Manager, Joe Lauk, at Joe.Lauk@dot.state.fl.us or 863-519-2525. Be prepared with the attendee’s name, email address and phone number. If joining online, you will need to register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4240934415659942157.

Public Comment

All interested persons are invited to give comments on the project. In-person attendees will have the opportunity to talk with project team members during the open house. Online attendees will be able submit their questions in the question box. All written questions or comments will be responded to in writing following the public meeting. Comments received or postmarked to the FDOT Project Manager, Joe Lauk, by Jan. 23, 2022, will be included in the public record.

Joe Lauk, Project Manager (Consultant)
Florida Department of Transportation – District One
801 North Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830
Joe.Lauk@dot.state.fl.us

863-519-2525

FDOT is sending notices that comply with F.S. 339.155 to all property owners and tenants whose property lies wholly or partially within at least 300 feet of the centerline of the proposed project limits. This does not mean that their property will be directly affected, nor does it limit participation in the public meeting to those individuals.

This meeting has been developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact District One Title VI Coordinator Cynthia Sykes at (863) 519-2287 or at Cynthia.Sykes@dot.state.fl.us at least seven days prior to the Public Meeting. Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may use the Florida Relay Service (TDD: 1-800-955-8771 or Voice: 1-800-955-8770) to contact FDOT regarding this project.

We encourage you and your constituents to participate in this public meeting and to submit comments on the project. If you have any questions about the public meeting process or the project proposal, please contact me at 863-519-2525 or Joe.Lauk@dot.state.fl.us.

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