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Bridgers Avenue Improvements Continue in Auburndale

Published on Jul 28, 2021

Bartow, Fla. (July 28, 2021) — A nearly $3.36 million joint drainage improvement project along Bridgers Avenue in Auburndale is well underway and should end periodic flooding in the area by early next year.

Construction on the project began in February, but the need has existed for years and the project was first identified for improvements more than a decade ago. But planning, assessments, studies and right-of-way acquisitions needed to be made for the project to become a reality.

The improvements are a joint project between Polk County and the City of Auburndale.

In talking with residents, it was learned that the area along Bridgers Avenue would flood five or six times a year after storms dropped about two inches of rain at a time. The flooding was temporary and would settle after a few hours. But that finding prompted a drainage study, which found the flooding along the route is generally due to inadequate curb inlet capacity and storm drain sizes along Bridgers Avenue and West Bridgers Avenue.

The current project, which spans about a half-mile from U.S. 92 to McKean Street, will provide a stormwater retrofit to address the flooding issues and water quality issues within the area.  The proposed improvements include building a large stormwater pond with treatment system, new storm sewer, drainage structures and other roadway improvements.

The project is scheduled to be completed in January.