Officials to discuss deadly Lakeland roadway

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – State and local leaders plan to discuss ways to improve a dangerous Lakeland road. Reports show at least three people have been killed along Clubhouse Road since 2014.

The latest was Kalen Kirk, 17, who was hit and killed in May by a Polk County crossing supervisor as he walked to his bus stop.

To promote pedestrian safety, Polk County recently partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation to study the Clubhouse Road right-of-way corridor from U.S. 98 to Live Oak Road, according to a media release.

County staffers are hosting a public workshop at the First Baptist Church in Highland City on Thursday at 6 p.m.

They plan seek input regarding improvement options such as new lighting, sidewalks, speed feedback signs and left-turn lanes.

This meeting is open to everyone, the release said. A brief presentation of the Clubhouse Road Safety Study will be followed by an open-forum discussion. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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