Following a 10.92-mile long course, SR 559 connects the city of Auburndale with Interstate 4 and Polk City. The state road originates at SR 655 and circles northeast along a viaduct across a CSX Railroad line to Main Street. Main Street leads the route north into Downtown Auburndale. North of an at-grade crossing with the CSX Railroad at Downtown City Park, SR 559 continues to Lake Stella, where it encircles the lake along a one-way couplet.

A short distance north of Lake Stella, SR 559 transitions from Main Street to Lake Ariana Boulevard. The state road straddles the east shore of Lake Ariana to Polk City Road, where it dog legs east to Bolender Road and north throgh residential areas east of Lake Arietta.

SR 559 heads north and then west along an S-curve to Lake Juliana. The curve was previously realigned to eliminate two sharp curves. Beyond there, SR 559 runs along the northeast side of Lake Juliana and then intersects CR 559A west. A diamond interchange with I-4 follows north of CR 559A, and then SR 559 turns northwest from CR 557A to Broadway Boulevard and its terminus at SR 33 in Downtown Polk City.

The diamond interchange with Interstate 4 was reconstructed during a $21.39 million project. Work to construct a new overpass for SR 559 across I-4 and widening the state road south to the realignment of CR 559A (C. Fred Jones Boulevard) ran from August 2014 through early 2017. Construction also shifted the eastbound roadway for I-4 southward, added lighting and made drainage improvements.1

Historically north into Polk City, Florida 559 followed a combination of Auburndale Cutoff Road (CR 559A) and Berkley Road (CR 655) to Florida 33 (Commonwealth Avenue). This route was previously numbered as Florida State Road 61 as well. The alignment along Broadway Boulevard and Camp Gilead Drive southeast from Downtown Polk City was a part of Florida Secondary 577 leading to Auburndale.


Florida 559 north
Confirming marker posted north of U.S. 92 (Magnolia Avenue in the city of Auburndale. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Florida 559 advances two blocks north from U.S. 92 to Bridgers Avenue. Bridgers Avenue is a historic alignment of U.S. 92. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Navigating through Downtown Auburndale, SR 559 (Main Street) circumvents City Hall Plaza. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Leaving Downtown Auburndale, SR 559 (Main Street) angles northwest from Polk Avenue to Park Street. Photo taken 05/15/16.
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SR 559 resumes a northward heading from Park Street and next encircles Lake Stella. Photos taken 05/15/16.
Main Street extends north from Lake Stella to Bay Street and the east shore of Lake Ariana. Photo taken 05/15/16.
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SR 559 (Lake Ariana Boulevard) straddles Lake Ariana 1.25 miles north from Main Street to Polk City Road. Photos taken 05/15/16.
Old Lake Alfred Road branches east from SR 559 (Lake Ariana Boulevard) to Lynchburg and the city of Lake Alfred. Photo taken 05/15/16.
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SR 559 dog legs east from Lake Ariana Boulevard along Polk City Road toward Interstate 4. Photos taken 05/15/16.
Polk City Road leads due north from Bolender Road in Auburndale to unincorporated areas of Polk County between Lake Juliana and Lake Mattie. SR 559 takes a stair stepped route westward, reentering the Auburndale city limits at William Van Fleet Road (old CR 559A) west. Photo taken 05/15/16.
County Road 559A formerly ran west and north along William Van Fleet Road from SR 559 in north Auburndale. The route was realigned onto a new four-lane alignment (C. Fred Jones Boulevard) opened to traffic in February 2017. Photo taken 05/15/16.
SR 559 shifts westward and expands into a four-lane arterial ahead of C. Fred Jones Boulevard (CR 559A) and Interstate 4. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Polk County Road 559A (C. Fred Jones Boulevard) constitutes a four-lane link between SR 559 and CR 655 (Berkley Road). Photo taken 11/03/18.
The 2017 realignment of CR 559A (C. Fred Jones Boulevard) ties into SR 559 opposite Baylake Resort Road, a south side frontage road for I-4. Photo taken 11/03/18.
2014-17 reconstruction of the upcoming exchange with Interstate 4 included expanding SR 559 to four lanes from CR 559A northward. Photo taken 11/03/18.
The rebuilt ramps with Interstate 4 better accommodate increased truck traffic from area distribution centers and warehouses. SR 559 also forms the northern leg of a truck route linking U.S. 92 in Auburndale with I-4 in conjunction with CR 559A west and CR 655 (Berkley Road) south. Photo taken 11/03/18.
Interstate 4 begins a gradual northeasterly turn from Florida 559 and north Auburndale to the Orlando area. Photo taken 11/03/18.
Interstate 4 runs west across the north side of Lakeland to Tampa and northeast across the Green Swamp to Celebration and Walt Disney World. Photo taken 11/03/18.
Florida 559 extends a half mile north from Interstate 4 to intersect County Road 557A east and Camp Gilead Road north. Camp Gilead Road is the former alignment of Florida Secondary 557, predecessor to Florida 559 along this stretch. Photo taken 02/27/16.
Polk County Road 557A comprises a rural route connecting Florida 559 and Polk City with CR 557 south into the city of Lake Alfred. Photo taken 02/27/16.
Lake Gilead Road stems north from SR 559 and CR 557A to Lake Helene. SR 559 turns west to the Fantasy of Flight complex and Broadway Boulevard into Polk City. CR 557A spans I-4 to the east along its 4.72 mile course to CR 557. Photo taken 02/27/16.
Florida 559 south
The first shield for SR 559 south stands along the block of Broadway Boulevard between SR 33 (Commonwealth Avenue) and Hydrangea Avenue in Downtown Polk City. Photo taken 11/03/18.
SR 559 enters northern reaches of Auburndale in 1.1 miles. Downtown lies nine miles further. Lake Alfred remains referenced from when Broadway Boulevard was a part of Florida Secondary 557. Photo taken 11/03/18.
A rural stretch of SR 559 unfolds southeast between Lake Anges and Lake Helene. The state road intersects Camp Gilead Drive (old Secondary 577) east and Lake Shore Drive west here at the Auburndale city line. Photo taken 11/03/18.
County Road 557A branches east from Florida 559 as Camp Gilead Drive returns from Lake Helene to the north. Photo taken 11/03/18.
CR 557A stems southeast from SR 559 and north Auburndale to CR 557 on the north side of Lake Alfred's city limits. CR 557 extends south from there to the city center. Photo taken 11/03/18.
CR 557A east to CR 557 is part of the original Florida Secondary 557 alignment joining Polk City with Auburndale. The 4.72 mile alignment remains rural, traversing areas of Lake Mattie Marsh south of the Green Swamp. Photo taken 11/03/18.
Turning due south, SR 559 advances a half mile to Interstate 4 by the Le Lynn RV Resort and Little Lake Agnes. Photo taken 11/03/18.
The Auburndale city center lies another 7.6 miles south along Florida 559. Photo taken 11/03/18.
Road work completed in 2017 expanded SR 559 through the forthcoming diamond interchange with Interstate 4. Photo taken 11/03/18.
Interstate 4 runs across northern Auburndale between Lakeland and the Green Swamp. Photo taken 11/03/18.
The westbound I-4 on-ramp to Lakeland, Plant City and Tampa departs from Florida 559 south. Photo taken 11/03/18.
A new overpass was constructed for SR 559 across I-4 during the 2014-17 project at Exit 44. The heavily traveled freeway ventures northeast to Orlando and Daytona Beach from Auburndale and Plant City. Photo taken 11/03/18.
This confirming marker for SR 559 south was not retained during widening of the state road south from I-4 to CR 559A (C. Fred Jones Boulevard). Photo taken 07/04/08.
Expansion of SR 559 included realigning Baylake Resort Road and the access road to a Love's Truck Stop to connect with the state road opposite CR 559A (C. Fred Jones Boulevard). Photo taken 11/03/18.
C. Fred Jones Boulevard opened to traffic in February 2017 as the new alignment of Polk County Road 559A west. The four-lane arterial links SR 559 with CR 655 (Berkley Road) as part of a truck route between I-4 and U.S. 92 to Downtown Auburndale. Photo taken 11/03/18.
A jug handle was added south of CR 559A and Baylake Resort Road to accommodate larger trucks returning to I-4 from the Love's Truck stop. Photo taken 11/03/18.
SR 559 south narrows back to two lanes through an unincorporated area of Polk County. Photo taken 11/03/18.
William Van Fleet Road intersects Florida 559 south at the succeeding intersection. Formerly both CR 559A and Auburndale Cutoff Road, the L-shaped route leads 0.7 miles west to Lake Juliana Estates and CR 559A (C. Fred Jones Boulevard). Photo taken 07/04/08.
Continuing south from William Van Fleet Road, Florida 559 passes between the Lake Juliana Landings manufactured home community and wetland areas from Lake Mattie. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Shifting eastward from Lake Juliana, Florida 559 resumes a southward heading and enters the city of Auburndale again at Cory Court. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Polk City Road leads SR 559 south by a number of subdivisions east of Lake Arietta and north of Lake Ariana. The state road dog legs west between Bolender Road and Lake Ariana Boulevard. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Florida 559 hugs the eastern periphery of Lake Ariana along Lake Ariana Boulevard for a 1.25 mile stretch. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Old Lake Alfred Road stems east from Florida 559 at Lake Ariana to Lynchburg and Pierce Street to the Lake Alfred city center. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Advancing southwest from the Ariana Heights area, Florida 559 approaches Main Street North. Photo taken 07/04/08.
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Main Street leads SR 559 away from Lake Ariana to Lake Stella. The state road circumvents the lake along Lake Stella Drive. Photos taken 07/04/08.
SR 559 resumes along North Main Street to connect with Park Street North into Downtown Auburndale. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Park Street takes SR 559 across the CSX Railraod between Stadium Road and Polk Street. Photo taken 07/04/08.
SR 559 turns again, following Park Street East along side City Hall Plaza. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Returning to Main Street, SR 559 continues south from Park Street and Downtown Auburndale. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Main Street South intersects Bridgers Avenue at the Auburndale Heights neighborhood between Downtown and U.S. 92 (Magnolia Avenue). Photo taken 07/04/08.
Two blocks south of Bridgers Avenue, SR 559 meets U.S. 92 (Magnolia Avenue). Photo taken 07/04/08.
U.S. 92 is a local arterial route joining Auburndale with neighboring Lakeland to the west and Lake Alfred to the east. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Florida 559 (Main Street) south at U.S. 92 (Magnolia Avenue). U.S. 92 travels three miles west to Polk Parkway (Florida 570) and 2.5 miles east to Winter Haven Regional Airport (GIF). Photo taken 07/04/08.

Sources:

  1. "I-4/SR 559 project is for future." The Ledger (Lakeland, FL), November 4, 2015.


Photo Credits:

  • 07/04/08 by AARoads.
  • 02/27/16 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.
  • 05/15/16 by AARoads.
  • 11/03/18 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 4
U.S. 92
Florida 655
County Road 559A - C. Fred Jones Boulevard

Page Updated 11-05-2018.