LAKELAND, FL (December 20, 2021) – The City of Lakeland in coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation, District 1 (FDOT) is asking for public input regarding the proposed Tenoroc Trail Segment 1. The community can virtually review the information by visiting https://bit.ly/32fn1t1. The storyboard includes an overview of the proposed trail, interactive map, background information on the trail and a short survey. The survey will help project managers gain valuable input toward the development and features of the trail. The public can also visit www.lakelandgov.net/tenoroctrail and provide feedback by submitting an email to email@example.com. Public comment deadline is set to end on Friday, January 14, 2022.
The City of Lakeland and FDOT is looking to the community to assist with input and would like to hear from you.
- How often do you use non-motorized trails?
- Would the addition of this proposed trail interest you?
- What are your thoughts on the proposed trail route?
- What features would you like to see on the proposed trail?
- What if any are you concerns about the proposed trail?
The proposed new Tenoroc Trail Segment 1 study is to provide a safe, non-motorized, multi-use trail that will also address an existing gap in the regional trail network between Lakeland and Auburndale/Polk City. Additionally, the trail will help achieve local goals for quality of life and active mobility improvements. Segment 1 is part of the larger Tenoroc Trail network proposed in the area. The proposed trail is funded through local, state, and federal sources.
The project objectives include:
- Connect Polk County’s Lake Myrtle Sports Complex and Lake Crago Park.
- Provide significant regional resource.
- Become part of the statewide greenways and trails system.
- Design 12’ wide multi-use asphalt path.
- Include trailheads.
Ryan Lazenby, Civil Engineer Manager for the City of Lakeland said, “The proposed new multi-use trail will be an up to 12-foot-wide asphalt pathapproximately 2.4 miles in length within the Lakeland city limits. The trail will extend from east of the Lake Crago Drive Bridge through Lake Crago Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Tenoroc Public Use Area and turn north to end at the intersection of SR 33 and Old Combee Road.” He added, “There are many benefits to a robust trail system. Trailsmake communities more attractive places to live and provide a low or no-cost healthy recreation alternative for families.”
Much of the proposed trail is located within the Tenoroc Public Use Area. The multi-use trail will generally run along the southern corridor of the existing access road used and maintained by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the City of Lakeland. The proposed multiuse trail is to cross the access road at three points. Proposed improvements include constructing swales adjacent to the trail to handle stormwater runoff and provide floodplain compensation within impacted areas, wayfinding signage and pavement markings, and adding a new public access point at the northern end of the proposed trail near the end of Joyce Drive and near the intersection of SR 33 and Old Combee Road.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. § 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016, and executed by FHWA and FDOT. The City of Lakeland does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. For questions or concerns, contact Jennifer Sykes, ADA Specialist, at (863) 834-8444, or via email Jennifer.Sykes@lakelandgov.net .