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FDOT Will Host Virtual Public Workshop On I-4 Wildlife Crossing Proposed Approximately 1.6 Miles E of SR33 Interchange

LAKELAND, FL (April 29, 2021) | The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting a Virtual Public Workshop to review design plans for the I-4 wildlife crossing located in northeast Lakeland. A map showing the project limits is above. The workshop will be held completely online on the project website, SWFLroads.com/I4/wildlifecrossing; with no live component

Map of I-4 Wildlife Crossing Project Limits

As a commitment made from previous environmental studies, one wildlife crossing will be located approximately 1.6 miles east of the I-4/SR 33 interchange with the intended purpose of connecting the Tenoroc Management Area to the south. The wildlife crossing will consist of a 44-foot wide bridge crossing over I-4. The Virtual Public Workshop is being held before design plans are finalized.

Workshop materials will be available online for people to review and to provide comments. These materials will be available as part of the Virtual Public Workshop which will last for 21 days; from Tuesday, May 25, 2021, through Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

If you would like hard copy packets of the workshop materials, they will be available for pickup at the Lakeland Public Library – Larry R. Jackson Branch, located at 1700 N. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805 during regular business hours, between May 25, 2021, and June 15, 2021.

Although there is no live component to this workshop, we encourage you to submit any questions you may have through the project website or contact the FDOT Project Manager, Doug Burkhart, P.E., by email at Doug.Burkhart@dot.state.fl.us or by phone at 850.536.8539. A member of the project team will address any questions received. 

After reviewing the workshop materials, you may submit any comments on the project in three different ways:

  1. Project Website

  2. Email
    The FDOT Project Manager, Doug Burkhart, P.E. at Doug.Burkhart@dot.state.fl.us

  3. Mail
    Mail your comments to Doug Burkhart, P.E. at FDOT District One, P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33831.

Please note that comments must be received or postmarked by June 15, 2021, in order to be included in the workshop summary. The project team will post a summary of the comments received during the workshop to the project website (SWFLroads.com/I4/wildlifecrossing) about 30 days after the comment period ends (June 15, 2021).

For more information about the I-4 wildlife crossing design project, please contact Doug Burkhart, P.E., FDOT Project Manager, by phone at 850.536.8539, by email at Doug.Burkhart@dot.state.fl.us, or visit the project project website.


Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

Doug Burkhart
FDOT Project Manager

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.



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