Pilaklakaha (PK) Avenue, the western gateway to Downtown Auburndale, was developed prior to many of today’s planning and engineering practices. Over time, housing values diminished, the roadway began deteriorating, recurrent flooding threatened residences, and stormwater discharge from the area adversely affected Lake Lena. In 2016, the City embarked on an ambitious redevelopment of the 3,300 LF roadway using a complete street concept to improve aesthetics, vehicle and pedestrian safety, flood protection, roadway durability, and quality of stormwater discharge.
Chastain-Skillman’s design concept resulted in the re-development of PK Avenue, from 4-lanes to 2-lanes and a series of Low Impact Development techniques, including a system of bio-retention swales, on-street pervious paver parking with subsurface storage, and a one-acre retention pond. The design improvements resolved former flooding issues, improved the water quality in Lake Lena, reduced traffic speeds, enhanced pedestrian safety and beautified the area, increasing property values.
Chastain-Skillman provided planning, survey, design and permitting services for PK Avenue.
This project won the 2019 ACEC-FL Grand Award for Engineering Excellence in the Water and Stormwater category.