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Design is the third phase of the FDOT project development process. Construction plans, specifications and final estimates to build a project are developed during this 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

Noise Studies are performed in the PD&E phase and the Design phase, and re-evaluated if there is a major change in design to the roadway.

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Project Background

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.

project background map

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 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

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 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.

Study Area Map

Environment

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.

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Innovation

FTE is at the forefront of planning for a safer, more efficient, and technologically advanced transportation system for the future. FTE continually seeks opportunities to integrate emerging transportation technologies that can help reduce congestion, create mobility choices, minimize environmental impacts and improve safety. FTE 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.

Schedule

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 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 joint Public Hearing for both projects is tentatively scheduled for fall 2020.

Project Schedule Graphic

Schedule is subject to change.

Pam Nagot, P.E.

Project Manager for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (HNTB team)

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Juliette Valencia

Community Outreach Manager
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)

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Stephanie Eisenberg

Community Outreach Specialist
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)

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