Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (Enterprise), part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is designing a new, four-lane (two lanes in each direction) tolled roadway in Polk County called Central Polk Parkway (SR 570B). This new stretch of roadway will begin at the Polk Parkway (SR 570) at Winter Lake Road (SR 540) and extend approximately 6.5 miles to US 17 (SR 35).
Construction is the fifth phase of the FDOT project development process. Construction plans and specifications are finalized and the project is advertised for construction.
The Central Polk Parkway (SR 570B) design started in early 2018 and is now complete. Design efforts within the project limits included:
- 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
- Coordination with Local Agencies for the relocation of the Marshall Hampton Reserve Trailhead
In March 2011, FDOT District One completed a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study, Central Polk Parkway from SR 60 to Polk Parkway (SR 570) and from SR 60 to Interstate 4 (I-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 The Enterprise, and The Enterprise 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 electronic tolling collection 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 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
The project limits are from Polk Parkway (SR 570) to US 17 (SR 35) in Polk County. The proposed alignment for the segment of Central Polk Parkway as shown is scheduled to begin construction in the 4th Quarter of 2023. A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study has been completed and the design is currently underway for the adjacent segment of Central Polk Parkway from US 17 (SR 35) to SR 60.
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.
The Enterprise 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.
The Enterprise is at the forefront of planning for a safer, more efficient, and technologically advanced transportation system for the future. The Enterprise continually seeks opportunities to integrate emerging transportation technologies that can help reduce congestion, create mobility choices, minimize environmental impacts and improve safety. The Enterprise also recognizes that connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies hold unprecedented opportunities for enhancing mobility and increasing safety on our roadways.
If you have an idea for a technology or innovation that you would like to be considered as part of this study, please reach out to one of the contacts in the Stay Connected section below.
The preliminary design of Central Polk Parkway from Polk Parkway (SR 570) to US 17 (SR 35) began in 2018 and completed in the 3rd Quarter of 2022. Right-of-Way acquisition is complete. Construction is scheduled to begin in the 4th Quarter of 2023 and anticipated to be completed in 2029.
A Public Information Meeting was held on June 18, 2019. (See the Documents section below for meeting materials.) This was 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.
A Public Hearing was held on December 1, 2020. (See the Documents section below for the meeting material.) This Public Hearing shared the progress of this project and discussed changes that have been implemented since the Public Information Meeting.
Schedule is subject to change.
- Public Hearing Project Location Board
- Public Hearing Typical Section Board
- Public Hearing Traffic Board
- Public Hearing Project Aerial Board 1
- Public Hearing Project Aerial Board 2
- Public Hearing Project Aerial Board 3
- Public Hearing PDE 2011 Alignment Board
- Public Hearing Project Schedule
- Draft Reevaluation
- Draft Project Traffic Analysis Report
- Draft Bald Eagle Nest Evaluation Design Memorandum
- Draft Pond Siting Report
- Draft Noise Study Report
- Draft CSER Mainline
- Draft CSER Addendum for Pond Sites
- Draft CSER Addendum to Mainline and Pond
- Public Hearing Welcome Board
- Public Hearing Title VI Board
- Public Hearing Evaluation Matrix Board
- Public Hearing Contacts Board
- Public Hearing How to Comment Board
Meeting Date: June 18, 2019
- Save the Date Flyer
- Notice of Public Information Meeting
- Welcome Board
- Title VI Board
- Project Location Map with Adjacent Project Board
- Interpretative Language Board
- Cost Matrix Board
- Project Milestone Schedule Board
- How to Comment Board
- Thank You Board
- Newsletter / Handout
- Comment Card
Proposed Concept Boards (with Typical Sections)
Links to other project-related documents will be posted when available.
Pam Nagot, P.E.
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