• Update: Lake Buffum Road West Cross Drain Collapse

    Bartow, Fla. (August 10, 2018) — Initial field reports overstated the severity of the collapsed cross drain beneath Lake Buffum Road West located just north of the intersection with Mills Road and Minor Road in unincorporated Fort Meade. The dual pipes below the pavement are in generally good shape and will not be replaced. However, one of the pipes had a loosened joint which allowed water to...

  • Cross Drain Collapse Closes Lake Buffum Road West Indefinitely

    Bartow, Fla. (August 10, 2018) — Attempted road patching this afternoon revealed a collapsed cross drain beneath Lake Buffum Road West just north of the intersection with Mills Road and Minor Road in unincorporated Fort Meade. The pipe failure has undermined the road making it impassable for traffic. Polk County Roads & Drainage Division crews have closed the road and a detour will be...

  • Waring Road Reconstruction Project to Reroute Traffic

    Bartow, Fla. (August 10, 2018) — Starting Wednesday, a weeklong Polk County project to reconstruct Waring Road from Dranefield Road to Old Medulla Road will reduce traffic to one-lane for two days in each direction. The northbound travel lane will close first on Wednesday morning with traffic detoured along Old Medulla Road to South Pipkin Road until Thursday evening. The southbound travel lane...
  • Free Trauma-Informed Practices Training Offered

    BARTOW, Fla. (August 10, 2018) – The Polk County Board of County Commissioner’s Health and Human Services Division, in collaboration with the Citizen’s Healthcare Oversight Committee, brings “Moving from Understanding the Effects of Trauma on the Lives of Those We Serve to Implementing Principles of Trauma Informed Care” to Polk. The widespread interest and attention to trauma has substantially...

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