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Posted on: December 21, 2021

RAINY DAY ROAD ISSUE NEAR LAKE WALES MUSEUM WILL BECOME HISTORY IN THE COMING MONTHS

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RAINY DAY ROAD ISSUE NEAR LAKE WALES MUSEUM WILL BECOME HISTORY IN THE COMING MONTHS
A road flooding issue all-too-familiar to many Lake Wales drivers should be mostly gone by Florida’s next rainy season.
City commissioners recently approved a deal between local and state officials aimed at significantly alleviating road flooding on Scenic Highway near the Lake Wales History Museum. 
Early in 2021, city staff reached out to several Florida Department of Transportation representatives to discuss the problem of water puddling at the entrance to the museum. It was quickly determined that there was not enough right-of-way for FDOT to come in and install additional piping.
However, state officials researched and discovered the city owned a piece of property that could be utilized – through the use of an easement and donation of a small piece of unused city land  -- to help facilitate the installation of additional piping and larger catch basins to capture and dispose of the water from high rain events.
FDOT will cover the cost of construction in exchange for the city providing the land and permanent easement to allow for the installation of new pipes and storm drains.
“This was the best and most cost effective for the city. In addition, it’s going to kind of help some of the streets that are close to that,” noted Lake Wales Utilities Director Sarah Kirkland.
City Manager James Slaton said it was a small but significant example of working with other public sector representatives to find a solution that will benefit local residents.
“It’s a great deal. We’re going to fix a local problem at no cost to the city,” he added.  
The Lake Wales History Museum – open Wednesday through Saturday each week – is located at 325 S Scenic Highway. For information regarding programs, visit http://www.lakewaleshistory.org/


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