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RNC to close road near Lakeland Electric's McIntosh Power Plant

RNC to close road near Lakeland Electric's McIntosh Power Plant

Lakeland, Florida-- Beginning Saturday, August 25, East Lake Parker Drive will be closed to thru-traffic from north of Wydine Drive to Old Combee Road for one week. 

The Office of Homeland Security advised the closure for the safety of Lakeland Electric’s McIntosh power plant during the Republican National Convention n Tampa, Polk County officials said in a release. 

Milling and Resurfacing project, related road closures

Milling and Resurfacing project, related road closures

Polk County, Florida-- Watch for nightly, single lane closures, Sunday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., westbound on Polk Parkway between Mileposts 8-9.

The Department of Transportation released information saying contractors will be working in the median between between mileposts 15-16 next week.

Beginning nightly at 9 p.m., the crew will be resurfacing the entrance and exit ramps, as follows:

Smoother streets ahead

Smoother streets ahead

Bartow, Florida -- Almost anywhere you go in the City of Bartow, your ride may soon feel a bit smoother.

For those who've been living with potholes and bumpy streets, a massive re-paving project in the city is a welcomed sight.

Next week, the city will start re-paving dozens of streets at a cost of almost a million dollars.

Click: Bartow street repair list

Bartow Police: "Please stop the gridlock - or else"

Bartow Police: "Please stop the gridlock - or else"

Bartow, Florida -- Bartow police say the construction along Highway 98, North Broadway Avenue, continues to create traffic congestion during the morning and afternoon rush.

One big problem? As people wait for traffic to clear, the light is changing, and the back-ups are creating grid-lock.

So now, police say Bartow Police officers will be monitoring the intersections along Van Fleet Drive (HWY 60), Main Street and North Broadway Avenue (HWY 98) during peak travel times to detect the violators who block intersections.

Road Closure: E Main St.

Road Closure: E Main St.

Lakeland, Florida -The City of Lakeland will temporarily close East Main Street at the intersection with Dixie Place in the Shore Acres neighborhood near Lake Bonny starting Monday, August 13.

Closure is required for a drainage installation crossing East Main Street and will last one week. The roadway should reopen Monday August 20.

Traffic will be detoured around work area during closure. Motorists are advised to drive with caution, be alert to workers and traffic signs, and allow more time for trips through area.

Polk County Transit Service and driver honored for service

Polk County Transit Service and driver honored for service

Bartow, Florida -- Polk County Transit Services was awarded two honors this week from the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged for its consistent commitment to providing excellent services to Polk County residents and visitors. 

Transportation Disadvantaged Commissioner Steven Holmes presented transit driver Ralph Gagnier with the Driver of the Year award in front of a crowd of 300 people at the annual awards banquet at the Renaissance Hotel in Orlando.

Road reopens after water line break

Road reopens after water line break

Lakeland, Florida -- The county has announced the damage due to the water line break late Monday night was repaired at County Road 35A and Kathleen Road. 

The road was reopened to traffic around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.