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.
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:
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:
Key considerations for the study include:
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.
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.
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:
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.
The Central Polk Parkway PD&E Study began in fall 2018 and is anticipated to be completed by summer 2020.
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 study as well as for the ongoing Central Polk Parkway design project from Polk Parkway (SR 570) to US 17 (SR 35). 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 Abra Horne, by phone: (407) 264‐3019 or by email: Abra.Horne@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).
Project documents, including public notices and meeting materials, will be uploaded to this page as they become available.
Links to other Agencies:
Links to other project-related documents will be posted when available.
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:
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Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Public Information Office using the contact information below:
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