The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will install a storm drain in Traders Alley beginning Jan. 9, and this will close parts of North Kentucky Avenue and Trader’s Alley.
The work is expected to take four weeks or less to complete. After consulting area businesses, the work was planned to avoid the holidays and First Friday events. It will affect the Saturday Farmers Curb Market for those weeks, as well as any other event planned during that time, says Lakeland Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Julie Townsend.
There will be a trench across both lanes of Kentucky Avenue centered on Trader’s Alley (see blue on drawing.) The trench will extend about 100 feet west into Trader’s Alley. The work area is shown in red. The sidewalks in front of the adjacent businesses will be clear. However, pedestrian access across Trader’s Alley will be limited to the east side of North Kentucky Avenue. Expect city vehicles and equipment in the work area. There will be no pedestrian access in the alley’s work area.
Access to Keller Williams and the Lakelander will be maintained via Tennessee Avenue. If unforeseen events require the city to modify access for a day or two, those businesses along Trader’s Alley will be notified in advance. Access will be maintained to Parking Lot D in the northeast corner of the intersection. Cars can access the parking lot on Kentucky from the north, as well as Trader’s Alley from Massachusetts. Every effort will be made to maintain pedestrian access along Kentucky Avenue and to open up vehicular traffic as soon as it is safe to do so.