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McKean Street closure starts Tuesday

McKean Street closure starts Tuesday

Auburndale, Fla. -- Polk County has announced McKean Street, in Auburndale, will be closed intermittently from Recker Highway (CR 655), which is located .29 mile south of Hwy 92, to W Derby Avenue (CR 544A) for .25 mile.

The closure is required to install citrus storage tanks at Cutrale Citrus juice plant, and will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The McKean Street project should be completed and the road reopened by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013. During the closure, please avoid this area. 

Road closure announced for Ingraham Avenue

Road closure announced for Ingraham Avenue

Lakeland, FL -- On Monday, Feb. 6, Lakeland Electric will be closing portions of Ingraham Avenue from McDonald Street to US 98 South.

The road closure will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. starting Feb. 6 through 28.

The closure is necessary to allow Lakeland Electric enough room to relocate electric power poles and overhead electric power lines along Ingraham Avenue.

DUI checkpoint Jan. 18 in Lakeland

DUI checkpoint Jan. 18 in Lakeland

Lakeland, FL -- The Lakeland Police Department has announced it will be conducting a DUI checkpoint tonight, Jan. 18.

The checkpoint will be held in the 900 block of North Lincoln Avenue from 11:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.

Saturation patrols will take place throughout the city prior to the checkpoint in an effort to reduce impaired driving and traffic fatalities in Lakeland.

Remember, if you are Over the Limit, you will be Under Arrest.

Kathleen Road widening starts Tuesday

Kathleen Road widening starts Tuesday

Lakeland, FL -- Starting Jan. 17, Polk County will begin widening CR 35A/Kathleen Road from Galloway Road north to Duff Road.

The county says this 3-mile section of Kathleen Road currently operates below standards, especially during evening peak hours.

Improvements include reconstructing the existing two-lane roadway to four-lanes divided by a raised median, with bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides.

All work is scheduled to be complete by fall 2013.

Grand opening of Ernie Caldwell Boulevard to include inaugural 5K Race

Grand opening of Ernie Caldwell Boulevard to include inaugural 5K Race

Davenport, FL -- Come out to the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ernie Caldwell Boulevard and overpass on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Posner Park near Interstate 4 and US Highway 27 in northeast Polk County.

The almost 4-mile long Ernie Caldwell Boulevard connects Posner Park, FDC Grove Road and Home Run Boulevard (via new Heller Brothers Boulevard) to US Highway 27 South. It travels east to link US Highway 27 and Posner Park to County Road 54 (Ronald Reagan Parkway) by way of the recently opened 1.4-mile long Pine Tree Trail.

Holiday bus schedule

Holiday bus schedule

Bartow, FL -- In observance of Christmas and New Year's, bus service on the Winter Haven Area Transit, Citrus Connection and Polk County Transit Services routes will not be operating Monday,  Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2.

Service will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

Road closure Lake Wilson Road

Road closure Lake Wilson Road

Lake Wales, FL -- Polk County's Transportation Division has announced the closure of Lake Wilson Road in NE Polk County to repair a cross drain across the road.

The road will be closed just north of County Road 54 until Dec. 16.

Motorists are advised to use caution and add more to their travel time while driving through the area. During the closure, traffic will be detoured to Old Lake Wilson Road.