Central Polk Parkway (SR 570B) – From Polk Parkway (SR 570) to US 17 (SR 35) (FPID 440897-2)

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Pamela Nagot, P.E.
Project Manager for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (HNTB)
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
Pamela.Nagot@dot.state.fl.us
407.264.3043

Rax Jung, Ph.D., P.E.
Project Development Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, Florida 34761-3069
Rax.Jung@dot.state.fl.us
407.264.3870

Public Information Meeting


June 18th, 2019

(Click box for additional meeting information)

Introduction

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) is designing a new, tolled roadway in Polk County, Florida called Central Polk Parkway (SR 570B). This new stretch of roadway will extend about 6 miles from Polk Parkway (SR 570) at SR 540 (Winter Lake Road) to US 17 (SR 35).

Project Background

In March 2011, FDOT District One completed a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study, Central Polk Parkway from SR 60 to SR 570 (Polk Parkway) and from SR 60 to Interstate 4. The limits for that study are shown below. The PD&E Study included the Central Polk Parkway segment that is currently in design.

After the PD&E Study was approved, FDOT District One partially completed design of Segment 1 of the study. The alignment for Segment 1 is similar to that of the current design segment. FDOT District One transferred the project to FTE, and FTE is now completing the design of this segment of roadway.

The proposed new roadway is a four-lane, divided, limited-access highway that will feature an All Electronic Tolling (AET) system. The project team has made adjustments to enhance the previously proposed alignment and design of this roadway segment in order to reduce impacts while meeting project needs. This project will include an analysis to document any changes to environmental impacts that may result from the current design activities.

The transportation project development process begins with the planning of a project, continues through preliminary design and ends in construction. This study is currently in the design phase.

The Central Polk Parkway (SR 570B) design started in early 2018 and is ongoing. Current efforts within the project limits include:

  • Evaluating ramp connections at Polk Parkway (SR 570), Winter Lake Road (SR 540) and US 17 (SR 35)
  • Advancing utility coordination with Florida Gas Transmission (FGT), Gulfstream Natural Gas, and TECO
  • Analyzing environmental impacts
  • Identifying Right-of-Way needs
  • Conducting additional analysis needed to finalize the design

The proposed Central Polk Parkway will provide benefits to the community such as:

  • Better options for moving people and goods and less congestion on existing area roadways
  • A more direct route from US 17 (SR 35) to Winter Lake Road (SR 540), Polk Parkway (SR 570), and I-4
  • Less commercial vehicle traffic through Bartow

Key considerations for the project include:

  • Avoiding or minimizing impacts to environmental resources
  • Keeping connections to existing property owners and communities
  • Coordinating with the Bartow Municipal Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to avoid interfering with operations at the airport

Study Area Map

The project limits are from Polk Parkway (SR 570) to US 17 (SR 35) in Polk County, Florida. The proposed alignment for the segment of Central Polk Parkway as shown is being designed. A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study is currently underway for an adjacent segment of Central Polk Parkway from US 17 (SR 35) to SR 60.

Environment - Features & Opportunities

The natural environment is a critical part of this region’s economy and quality of life.

Natural habitats within the project limits include the Marshall Hampton Reserve, a 1,173-acre nature reserve that offers wildlife viewing and multi-use trails. The southern portion of the project consists of reclaimed phosphate mining lands. Previous environmental analyses will be updated during the project design, including evaluations of wetlands, listed species, cultural resources, noise, and contamination impacts.

FTE will work collaboratively with its environmental partners to ensure that this new roadway is evaluated and located such that it maintains important connections and minimizes impacts to natural systems.

Innovation

Using Emerging Technology to Improve Quality of Life

The future of transportation is already here. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) is in the forefront of developing a safer, more efficient, and more technologically advanced corridor for the future. The design will identify corridor improvements that will:

  • Reduce congestion
  • Create choices for moving people and goods
  • Improve safety
  • Enhance access to evacuation routes

There are several technologies that can be accommodated in a new corridor to help improve safety, create efficiency, and minimize environmental impacts.

Do you have an idea for a technology or innovation to be considered as part of this project? Click here and submit your idea.

Click here to see the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Technology video.

Public Information Meeting


June 18th, 2019

(Click box for additional meeting information)

Schedule - Project Schedule & Upcoming Public Meeting Information

The preliminary design of Central Polk Parkway from Polk Parkway (SR 570) to US 17 (SR 35) began in 2018. Right-of-Way acquisition is anticipated to begin in spring 2020.

Current project activities include field reviews, data collection and analysis of various elements related to the design of the proposed new roadway, including development of the designs for drainage, bridges, lighting, landscape, tolling, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); environmental analysis; and environmental permit coordination.

A Public Information Meeting is scheduled for June 18, 2019 (click green button above). This will be a joint meeting to share the progress for this project as well as for the adjacent Central Polk Parkway PD&E Study from US 17 (SR 35) to SR 60. At the meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to comment on both projects. A joint Public Hearing for both projects has been tentatively scheduled for fall 2019.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Pamela Nagot, by phone: (407) 264‐3043 or by email: Pamela.Nagot@dot.state.fl.us, at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800) 955‐8771 (TDD) or 1(800) 955‐8770 (Voice).

Stay Connected

Opportunities for public input will be provided throughout the project. FTE encourages members of the public to remain involved throughout the project by providing comments, asking questions and offering suggestions. There are a number of ways to stay connected and provide input to the Central Polk Parkway project team.

Project inquires can be mailed or emailed to:

Pamela Nagot, P.E.
Project Manager for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (HNTB)
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
407.264.3043
Pamela.Nagot@dot.state.fl.us
Rax Jung, Ph.D., P.E.
Project Development Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
407.264.3870
Rax.Jung@dot.state.fl.us

For information in Spanish, please contact: (Para information en espańol por favor contacte:)

Juliette Valencia
Community Outreach Manager for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)
P.O. Box 9828
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310-9828
954.934.1276
Juliette.Valencia@dot.state.fl.us

Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Public Information Office using the contact information below:

Stephanie Eisenberg
Community Outreach Specialist for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
407.264.3064
Stephanie.Eisenberg@dot.state.fl.us

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