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Dixieland road diet a go for 2019
« on: December 16, 2018, 08:11:17 AM »
This pilot road diet project is in Lakeland. However, I'm still surprised to see FDOT D1 agree to it. SR 37/South Florida Avenue has an AADT 27,000. That would be equivalent to FDOT D2 doing a road diet on Blanding between Riverside and 103rd Street, Lem Turner Road or all of Edgewood (both of which have significant sections carrying less traffic).

Come next year, Lakeland commuters will find out whether a road diet in Dixieland is too constricting.

In late 2019, the city and Florida Department of Transportation plan to implement a year-long trial run that will reduce traffic on South Florida Avenue from five lanes to three from Lime Street to Ariana Street.

On Friday, Ryan Kordek, transportation planning administrator for Polk County, briefly talked to county commissioners about the Polk Transportation Planning Organization’s support of the plan after it was brought up by Commissioner George Lindsey.

After the meeting, Deborah Chesna, the complete streets coordinator for FDOT, said as Lakeland grows it’s essential for the city to consider all modes of transportation.

She pointed to the long line on Saturday mornings at Born and Bread Bakehouse, 1113 S. Florida Ave.

“You want them to be safe on a sidewalk,” Chesna said.

The plan of the lane reduction would be to expand the remaining lanes and widen the sidewalks to encourage pedestrian use of South Florida Avenue through Dixieland and downtown.

It’s received a mix of support and criticism.

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Re: Dixieland road diet a go for 2019
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2018, 11:22:03 AM »
I have mixed feelings about road diets.  For some they seem a sort of religious quest, regardless of traffic levels.

Any more word on the Arlington Expressway decommissioning / devlolution?   FDOT has talked about it no longer being a freeway int eh future.  IITC this is the study that is driving the reasoning for it, the traffic levels aren't high enough to warrant the costs.

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Re: Dixieland road diet a go for 2019
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2018, 04:12:47 PM »
I think it was the TPO talking about Arlington Expressway no longer being an Expressway - it is their study.  FDOT has no money in the Tentative Work Program ( for any work on the Arlington Expressway through 2024.


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Re: Dixieland road diet a go for 2019
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2018, 08:02:03 PM »
These two sentences explain why Arlington's not happening anytime soon.

The project is not needed to reduce road congestion.

Vehicles operate at an acceptable LOS today and through 2040.