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Part of Lakeland's busy Florida Avenue to close for a month

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

Drivers who use Florida Avenue in downtown Lakeland will endure a detour for the next month.

An improvement project is getting underway beginning Friday to upgrade the roadway and the rail crossing just north of Main Street. 
     
"If you've traveled over that it's quite a bumpy experience, so it's improving it to allow it to be a smoother surface as you drive over it," explained project spokesman Brian Bollas.

Transportation officials say no business entrances will be blocked by the detour, but drivers will have to go around the road work.

The primary detour takes motorists from the south onto Lime Street to Sykes Boulevard then to George Jenkins Boulevard with the same detour in reverse from the north.

At The Mortgage Firm in downtown Lakeland, managers predict the biggest inconvenience will be for employees who make the drive every day.

"I think for the people that work here for me, and there's 8 of us, I think it could be a bit of a hassle," said branch manager Robby Sampson.

At Family Insurance Services it's the same story.

"I don't anticipate it to impact my business a whole lot," said CEO Kevin Smith. "There may be some customers that once they try to get down here they realize it's going to be a little more difficult than driving as normal," he said.

Project managers hope to have the road work complete by the end of April.

 

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