You might have heard that downtown Bartow is getting a big new multilevel parking garage, primarily to serve employees and users of the Polk County Courthouse and the county’s Neil Combee Administration Building.

The parking garage was approved by the Polk County Commission last October, and the $8 million project was awarded to Hoar Construction out of Orlando. We’re pleased to mention here that Tucker Paving Inc. has a significant role in the project as a subcontractor. You might have seen some construction-related photos and videos on our Facebook page ( Recently, a really good photo (courtesy of the Polk County government) showed our pipe crew hard at work.

The 679-space parking garage is being built on the north side of the courthouse and administration building, across West Church Street, and behind the former home of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Lawrence Crow Jr. Building, which fronts North Broadway Avenue.

Work on the parking garage officially began on Nov. 23. The timetable calls for completion in August. You can be sure that Tucker Paving will make every effort to finish its part of the project in good order and on time — if not ahead of schedule.

On the Web: A time-lapse project video and other information at