Central Polk Parkway (SR 570B), US 17 (SR 35) to SR 60

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Stephanie Underwood, P.E.
Project Manager for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (HNTB)
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
Stephanie.Underwood@dot.state.fl.us
407.264.3436

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 Hearing


Tentative Fall 2020

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Introduction

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to evaluate potential alignments for Central Polk Parkway (SR 570B) from US 17 (SR 35) to SR 60 in Polk County, Florida.

Project Background

The Central Polk Parkway PD&E Study started in fall 2018 and is ongoing. The study team is developing and evaluating alternatives to address future traffic needs and provide long-term options for moving people and goods while minimizing impacts. Key study activities include:

  • Data Collection
  • Traffic Forecasts
  • Alternatives Development
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Public Outreach / Agency Coordination

An adjacent segment of Central Polk Parkway from Polk Parkway (SR 570) to US 17 (SR 35) is currently in the design phase.

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

  • Better options for moving people and goods and less congestion on existing roadways
  • An additional access route to I-4 and SR 60 for travelers and truck traffic in the region
  • Less commercial vehicle traffic through Bartow

Key considerations for the study 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 study limits are from US 17 (SR 35) to SR 60 in Polk County, Florida. The study team is evaluating alignments within the study area shown in the project location map below.

Environment - Features & Opportunities

The natural environment is a critical foundation of the region’s economy and quality of life.

Access to high-quality rivers, parks, forests, and preserves is an important draw for residents and visitors.

FDOT will work collaboratively with its environmental partners to ensure that as new transportation corridors are considered, they are located in places that would not sever important connections in natural systems, or that they are designed to allow wildlife to safely pass.

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 PD&E Study 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 study? Click here and submit your idea.

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

Public Hearing


Tentative Fall 2020

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Schedule - Project Schedule & Upcoming Public Meeting Information

The Central Polk Parkway PD&E Study began in fall 2018 and is anticipated to be completed by winter 2020.

A Public Information Meeting was held on June 18, 2019 (click here for meeting materials). This was a joint meeting to share the progress for this study as well as for the ongoing Central Polk Parkway design project from Polk Parkway (SR 570) to US 17 (SR 35). A joint Public Hearing for both projects is tentatively scheduled for fall 2020.

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 Stephanie Underwood, by phone: (407) 264‐3436 or by email: Stephanie.Underwood@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).

Documents

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:

Stephanie Underwood, P.E.
Project Manager for
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (HNTB)
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
407.264.3436
Stephanie.Underwood@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:)

Henry Pinzon, P.E.
Environmental Management Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761-3069
407.264.3802
Henry.Pinzon@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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