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By Robert Connors
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Hamlin Street Closed for Day January 9 as Huge Hunt Club Project Underway

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Last updated 1/13/2024 at 12:33pm

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Site development for the huge Hunt Club project has begun with underground utility installation in the northern end of the project site. Heavy earth-moving equipment has begun the process that will lead to a new street grid in the area south of Winn-Dixie.

UPDATE: Per Polk County officials, "utility construction scheduled to close Hamlin Street in Lake Wales this week has been postponed until Tuesday morning January 9. Work should be finished, and roadway reopened to traffic by noon Wednesday, January 10. Closure is needed to open-cut both travel lanes on Hamlin Street just north of Grove Avenue to install a potable water line."

Initial construction of streets and utilities to serve the 600-unit Hunt Club development will require a day-long closure of Hamlin Street this week.

Hunt Club, being developed with a mixture of townhomes and single-family homes, will eventually include Hunt Club South, a 542-unit development. The completed project, located south of Winn-Dixie and Rural King, will stretch from SR 60 to the north side of the Mid-Florida railroad line, along the east side of 11th Street.

The daylong project to extend potable service to the new subdivision will close Hamlin Street just north of Grove Avenue in Lake Wales on Thursday, January 4.

Courtesy City of Lake Wales

Hamlin Street, at the top left of this image, will form a direct entrance into the new Hunt Club North development. The street will be closed for a day this week in order to lay new utility connections across the county road. The northern portion of this image shows the 152 townhomes that will line both sides of Hamlin Street and surround the Winn-Dixie Eastgate shopping center. The plan also provides for 448 single-family homesites.

According to the Polk County Roads & Drainage Division, "closure is needed to open-cut both travel lanes on Hamlin Street." Hamlin Street was only recently resurfaced. The county announcement says work should be finished in a single day, and the street reopened to traffic.

During closure, traffic will be detoured along 11th Street and State Road 60 to bypass work zone. Hamlin Street connects East Grove Avenue to the shopping complex that includes Winn-Dixie, Rural King, Wal-Mart, and surrounding services. It provides a popular shortcut for shoppers arriving from south of the city.

As part of the subdivision project, Grove Avenue will be extended farther east to connect with Hunt Brothers Road North, providing an alternative route to those same centers. Several other new streets are also included in the construction plans, including an extension of Hamlin Street to provide an entrance to the new neighborhood.

Motorists are advised to drive carefully, be alert to crews and equipment, and follow detour signs. While detour is short, delays are likely during peak-hour traffic. Commuters should add extra time to trips through this area. For more details, call Bill Skelton with the Polk County Roads & Drainage Division at (863) 535-2200.


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