Lake Highland Drainage - Marks Street and Pasadena Place

Last updated on January 30, 2024


This construction project is aimed at addressing persistent flooding issues in the Marks Street and Pasadena Place areas. Over the years, this region has experienced significant flooding, and the primary goal of this project is to establish a surface water outfall to alleviate these concerns.

The proposed drainage improvements will enhance our ability to capture stormwater and channel it to the downstream receiving waterbody, Lake Highland. The initial flush of stormwater will continue to be directed to the existing Irma Avenue drainage well, with a high-level overflow directed to Lake Highland. This lake is part of a broader system of lakes and streams that ultimately discharge to Lake Jesup in Seminole County. Additionally, we are working on potable and raw water main enhancements along Highland Avenue and Pasadena Place.

This initiative is a collaborative effort with the City of Orlando and the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), while funding for this project is provided through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

To ensure accessibility, sidewalk improvements along Highland Avenue and at all intersections will be conducted to comply with American Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for pedestrian access.

The area affected by this project consists of homes and businesses in the following locations:

  • North Quarter and Park Lake/Highland neighborhoods
  • Pasadena Place between N. Magnolia and Highland Avenue

  • E. Marks Street between Irma Avenue and Highland Avenue

  • Highland Avenue between E. Marks Street and Lake Highland Drive

  • Irma Avenue between E. Marks Street and Park Lake Street


The project will undergo completion across eight Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) phases, each involving full road closures. Night work is scheduled specifically at the Lake Highland Preparatory School entrances.

The road will be demolished curb-to-curb for the construction of the utilities.

During construction, there might be an occasion when certain residents will not be able to use their driveways. Before blocking any driveways, the contractor will provide residents with advance notice and recommend alternative parking spots on the street. If a driveway is inaccessible, the City of Orlando’s Solid Waste Division will coordinate with the contractor and residents regarding trash and recycling collection drop-off areas.

Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. First responders and emergency vehicles will have priority access in an emergency. Unforeseen circumstances and adverse weather can create delays that increase the project's duration and create opportunities for weekend work.






Irma Avenue, E. Marks Street, Highland Avenue, Pasadena Place, Orlando, FL 32803  View Map

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