State Road 540

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Florida State Road 540 travels wholly within Polk County. The 10.49-mile western branch links U.S. 98 and southeast Lakeland with U.S. 17 at Winter Haven and Eagle Lake. Serving the Legoland theme park, the eastern section follows Cypress Gardens Boulevard across Winter Haven, from U.S. 17 to U.S. 27 on the north side of Lake Wales.

A two-lane portion of SR 540 parallels Polk Parkway (SR 570) to the south through Circle B Bar Reserve and Lake Hancock. The 3.54 mile segment concludes at ramps with the Lakeland toll bypass. A 1.377 mile section of SR 540 along Cypress Gardens Boulevard was realigned. The new course included improvements to the geometry on the S-curves around Lake Roy and a new bridge across Lake Ina. SR 540 travels 7.18 miles along Cypress Gardens Boulevard. The route previously extended another 2.29 miles east of U.S. 27 along Waverly Road to SR 17 at the Dundee city line.

Florida State Road 540 East
The first confirming marker for SR 540 stands just east of U.S. 98. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Reynolds Road stems north from SR 540 by a number of industrial parks toward U.S. 92 (Memorial Boulevard). Photo taken 05/31/16.
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State Road 540 straddles the northern boundary of Circle B Bay Reserve, a park along the northwest side side of Lake Hancock. Photos taken 05/31/16.
Crossing Saddle Creek, SR 540 angles northeast to Marshall Hampton Preserve. Photo taken 05/31/16.
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A pair of wye interchanges connect the adjacent Polk Parkway (SR 570) with SR 540. Photos taken 05/31/16.
SR 570 (Polk Parkway) leads west back to Lakeland and Interstate 4 near the Hillsborough County line. Photo taken 05/31/16.
State Road 540 (Winter Lake Road) expands to four lanes from SR 570 east into Winter Haven. Photo taken 05/31/16.
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Polk Parkway turns north from SR 540 along the west side of Auburndale. Operated Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), the toll road concludes at I-4 along the Lakeland and Polk City lines. Photos taken 05/31/16.
Reassurance marker posted beyond the westbound off-ramp from SR 570 to SR 540. SR 540 continues along side Marshall Hampton Preserve east to Thornhill Road. Photo taken 05/31/16.
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Thornhill Road meanders north from Eagle Lake outside Winter Haven to CR 542 (K-Ville Avenue) at Jones Corner and SR 655 at Auburndale. Photos taken 05/31/16.
Advancing east along Winter Lake Road, SR 540 enters residential areas outside of Winter Haven between Thomas Lake and Spirit Lake. Spirit Lake Road comprises a four lane boulevard north to SR 655 (Recker Highway) and a two lane road south to U.S. 17 at Bartow Executive Airport (BOW). Photo taken 05/31/16.
SR 540 arcs southward from Kings Road SW around the eastern periphery of Eagle Lake. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Straddling the Winter Haven city line, SR 540 east next intersects SR 620. Photo taken 05/31/16.
State Road 620 is a 0.63 mile connector linking SR 540 with SR 655 (Recker Highway) and CR 655 (Lake Shipp Drive). Photo taken 05/31/16.
SR 540, 620 and 655 comprise a four lane truck route northwest from U.S. 17 at Eagle Lake to U.S. 92 at Auburndale. Photo taken 05/31/16.
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SR 540 passes between remaining orange groves from SR 620 to the Eagle Lake city line. Photos taken 05/31/16.
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Curving southeast, SR 540 approaches U.S. 17 at Cameron Road. Photos taken 05/31/16.
U.S. 17 constitutes a six lane arterial southwest from Eagle Lake to Bartow and northward into central Winter Haven. Photo taken 05/31/16.
An implied overlap with U.S. 17 connects the western section of SR 540 with the continuation of SR 540 east along Cypress Gardens Boulevard, 1.75 miles to the northeast. Photo taken 05/31/16.
Florida State Road 540 West
West from Lake Roy to U.S. 17 (3rd Street SW) in Winter Haven, SR 540 along Cypress Gardens Boulevard constitutes a commercial boulevard. Photo taken 05/15/16.
The eastern branch of SR 540 connects with U.S. 17 (3rd Street SW) 1.75 miles northeast of the western section to Lakeland. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Cypress Gardens Boulevard ties into U.S. 17 across from Avenue R SW to 7th Street SW and the AMTRAK Winter Haven station. U.S. 17 heads north to Downtown and Lake Alfred. Photo taken 05/15/16.
South from Winter Haven, U.S. 17 splits with SR 540 west at Eagle Lake en route to Bartow and Fort Meade. Photo taken 05/15/16.
SR 540 branches northwest from U.S. 17 across a CSX Railroad spur and parallel Eagle Lake Road. Photo taken 05/30/19.
Making a gradual northward turn east of Eagle Lake, SR 540 follows the Winter Haven city line to SR 620. Photo taken 05/30/19.
State Road 620 constitutes a 0.63 mile link between SR 540 and SR 655 (Recker Highway) north to Auburndale. Photo taken 05/30/19.
The four lane alignment of SR 540 north to SR 620, and SR 620 east to Lake Shipp Drive (CR 655) replaced SR 655 between Sertoma Park and U.S. 17 as the main route northwest to Auburndale. Photo taken 05/30/19.
SR 540 curves westward from SR 620 to overtake its previous alignment along Crosstower Drive beyond King Road SW. Photo taken 08/10/13.



Photo Credits:

08/10/13, 05/15/16, 05/31/16, 05/30/19 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 17
U.S. 27
U.S. 98
State Road 570 - Polk Parkway

Page Updated 07-01-2019.