Lakeland In-town Bypass: Phase Two (SR 548)

A little press release news for you:

Lakeland, FL. (July 9, 2008) – Starting Sunday, July 13, 2008 traffic will be reduced to one-lane in each direction on Martin L King Jr. Boulevard from Lake Wire Drive to Pear Street.

Traffic will also be reduced to one lane in each direction on Kathleen Road just north of Pear Street and continuing through the intersection at Lake Wire Drive. These traffic switches will continue through September. Motorists can expect delays.

Construction of the second phase of the Lakeland In-town Bypass (SR 548) from North Florida Avenue to George Jenkins Boulevard began January 28, 2008. The contractor will construct approximately one mile of a four-lane divided highway in this areas including sidewalks, lighting, drainage and landscaping. The project also includes realignment of Kathleen Road and construction of a concrete bridge over CSX Railroad on the west side of Kathleen Road. The anticipated completion date is October 2009.

A pair of questions: Will the “concrete bridge over CSX Railroad” be wide enough if CSX wants to double track? Will it be tall enough if CSX wants double-height cars?

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