The Project Management section performs drainage, sidewalk and intersection improvement designs. Project Managers are also responsible for the management of the division’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), Pavement Management Program, Bridge Management Programs and the ADA Transition Plan.
In 2023, the program received the James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation. This award recognizes government agencies for excellence in pavement preservation programs. Polk County Roads and Drainage is the first agency in the State of Florida to receive this distinction and is among such company as California DOT, Ohio DOT and the City of Nashville.
The Pavement Management program uses analytical software, pavement preservation treatments and staff expertise to develop a yearly pavement work plan. Using a mix of traditional treatments, pavement preservation and pavement recycling treatments, we are able to treat more miles per year, using the right treatment, at the right time, for the reason.
For more information on our Pavement Management program, email AustinPotts@polk-county.net.
Frequently Asked Questions
Inspection and Testing
Certified construction inspectors perform daily inspections at numerous drainage, roadway, sidewalk, pavement and bridge projects throughout the county to ensure these meet the requirements of design and specifications. They also ensure that the necessary temporary traffic control measures are in place to facilitate the safe movement of residents and visitors through construction sites. Safety is our top priority.
Roads and Drainage is one of the few local agencies that operates its own CMEC-certified material testing laboratory. This allows staff to perform quality verification tests of concrete, asphalt and aggregates to ensure the materials used on our projects meet the required standards.
Right-of-way use permits are required for any utility work performed within county rights-of-way, whether it is for aerial or underground installations or attachment onto a bridge structure. Polk County only issues permits to registered utility companies, agri-chemical companies and municipalities. Special permits are allowed for agricultural purposes as needed.
All right-of-way use permit applications must be received and approved by the Inspection and Testing section prior to any work being performed on county rights-of-way.