THOUGH IT SEEMS like it was just yesterday, it was way back last spring — late May, to be more precise — that a Tucker Paving crew completed, for the city of Auburndale, a nice parking lot and streetscaping project at the corner of Pontotoc Plaza and East Lake Avenue.

We’ve always enjoyed our relationship with Auburndale city officials through the years, so we were very pleased when the City Commission selected us Jan. 23 to lead the work on the city’s big PK (Pilaklakaha) Avenue / Lake Lena stormwater improvements project.

A public workshop about the project was scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Auburndale Civic Center at 115 W. Park St. The workshop notice described the project this way:

“The Pilaklakaha (PK) Avenue / Lake Lena Stormwater Improvements Project will provide for stormwater runoff to minimize flooding along PK Avenue and reduce the nutrients that flow into Lake Lena. It will also include new landscaping, street lighting, a multi-model trail, and many other features. The project is expected to break ground in April of 2017 with an expected completion date of October 2017. The project will be constructed in three (3) phases beginning at the intersection of Ramsgate Blvd.”

Tucker Paving team members look forward to rolling up their sleeves and getting to work on this project. It should be very challenging and very interesting.

For information about future traffic detours and a glimpse of what the project will look like when completed, you can visit the city of Auburndale website at


Tucker Paving also was honored not long ago with the opportunity to work again with the town of Dundee. The Town Commission awarded us the job to resurface Harmon Avenue and Lake Marie Drive.

At the time the commission accepted our bid for the project, we were pleased to read in The Ledger newspaper some very kind words about our company.

“Tucker Paving has been around a long time and they do a good job,” resident Evelyn Howell said during the commission meeting. “If they’re being considered, I think you should choose them.”

“We used Tucker a while back and they did a good job,” Mayor Sam Pennant said.

To both Mrs. Howell and Mayor Pennant, we say “Thank you.”