State Road 570 East - Polk Parkway

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Florida State Road 570 East
Polk Parkway (SR 570) stems south from a trumpet interchange with Interstate 4 along a two lane ramp just east of the Hillsborough County line. 09/20/17
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) maintains the Polk Parkway in its entirety around Lakeland. U.S. 92 and Old Tampa Highway (CR 542) otherwise travels below SR 570 at this point. 09/20/17
First confirming marker posted for SR 570 east beyond the northbound half diamond interchange (Exit 2) with CR 542 (Old Tampa Highway). 09/20/17
Curving southeast, Polk Parkway meets SR 572 (Airport Road) in 1.25 miles at a diamond interchange (Exit 3). 09/20/17
SR 570 (Polk Parkway) traverses an area of wetlands northeast of Hamilton Branch and Exit 3. Airport Road stems south to serve Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL). 09/20/17
One half mile out from Exit 3 along SR 570 east. 09/20/17
Exit 3 departs from Polk Parkway eastbound for SR 572 (Airport Road) south to LAL Airport and north back to U.S. 92 at Galloway Road (CR 542A). 09/20/17
Polk Parkway rises over SR 572 (Airport Road) on the one mile approach to Waring Road (Exit 4). Waring Road extends south between Polk Parkway and Pipkin Road. 09/20/17
An auxiliary lane joins SR 570 east between SR 572 (Exit 3) and Waring Road (Exit 4) . 09/20/17
SR 570 navigates through an S-curve southeast from Exit 3 to a diamond interchange (Exit 4) with Waring Road south. 09/20/17
Drane Field extends east from County Line Road to become a part of SR 572 between Airport Road and the Polk Parkway frontage road system at Pipkin Creek Road. 09/20/17
A slip ramp follows onto South Frontage Road east ahead of Harden Boulevard (SR 563). SR 563 overlays a portion of the original SR 37 alignment south to Medulla. The state road ends 0.162 miles south of Beaker Boulevard nearby. 09/20/17
A short auxiliary lane opens along Polk Parkway eastbound from Waring Road to Exit 5. SR 563 totals just 5.68 miles with portions south of Beaker Boulevard and north of U.S. 92 in Lakeland relinquished from state control. 09/20/17
This reassurance marker stands along SR 570 (Polk Parkway) east ahead of the departure ramp to Exit 5 (SR 563). 09/20/17
Polk Parkway eastbound at the off-ramp (Exit 5) for Harden Boulevard south to Medulla and north to Lake Hunter and the west side of Downtown Lakeland. 09/20/17
Motorists along SR 570 east pass over SR 563 (Harden Boulevard) to the southeast of Lakeside Village retail complex, 1.25 miles ahead of the parclo interchange (Exit 7) with SR 37 (South Florida Avenue). 09/20/17
SR 37 runs southwest from Lakeland to Mulberry and the phosphate mining region of southwestern Polk County. The state road connects with SR 64 beyond the rural four corners of Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Polk Counties. Northward from Exit 7, SR 37 spurs 3.36 miles along the commercialized route of Florida Avenue to conclude at Main Street in Downtown Lakeland. 09/20/17
SR 570 east rises over a frontage road connector as a two lane ramp leaves for Exit 7 to SR 37 (Florida Avenue). Polk Parkway connects with I-4 to Orlando in 17 miles. 09/20/17
SR 570 passes through the first of three mainline toll plazas in one mile as eastbound drivers span SR 37 (South Florida Avenue). 09/20/17
Continuing east, Polk Parkway spans Cleveland Heights Boulevard (CR 37A) on the approach to the Western toll plaza and Exit 9 for CR 37B (Lakeland Highlands Road). 09/20/17
Confirming marker posted for the Polk Parkway east of the entrance ramp from Exit 7 (SR 37). 09/20/17
The roadways of Polk Parkway diverge through the main line toll plaza south of Lake John and the Woodlake subdivision. 09/20/17
Two SunPass lanes offer electronic toll collection to the left, while all others, including drivers bound for Lakeland Highlands Road (Exit 9) are directed toll booth lanes. 09/20/17
Entering the five lane toll plaza along Polk Parkway east. The toll collection facility was constructed on a reclaimed strip mine. 09/20/17
CR 37B lines Lakeland Highlands Road north from CR 540A and the south Lakeland suburbs to Edgewood Drive by Lake Bentley. 09/20/17
SR 570 (Polk Parkway) advances east with two lanes through the diamond interchange (Exit 9) with Polk County Road 37B (Lakeland Highlands Road). Neither CR 37A or CR 37B connect with SR 37 to the west. 09/20/17
U.S. 98 (Bartow Road), a six or more lane arterial linking Lakeland with Bartow, crosses paths with Polk Parkway at Exit 10 in 0.75 miles. 09/20/17
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SR 570 east briefly gains a third lane between Exits 9 and 10. The six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 10) with U.S. 98 serves an array of business and industrial parks, Southeastern University and Polk State College. 09/20/17
Two lanes depart SR 570 east for U.S. 98 (Bartow Road). U.S. 98 travels northwest to Eaton Park and Downtown Lakeland and southeast to Highland City and Lakeland. A major route through the Florida peninsula, U.S. 98 overall connects Lake Okeechobee and West Palm Beach to south with the Nature Coast and the Florida panhandle to the north and west. 09/20/17
SR 570 (Polk Parkway) travels a viaduct as it spans Reynolds Road and low lying areas en route eastward. 09/20/17
SR 540 (Winter Lake Road) extends east from the Polk Parkway at Exit 14 to reach Winter Haven and the Legoland theme park. The family based theme park opened October 2011 on the former Cypress Gardens site. 09/20/17
Polk Parkway shifts three quarters of a mile north ahead of the Central main line toll plaza and Exit 14 with SR 540 (Winter Lake Road). 09/20/17
SR 540 originates at U.S. 98, just south of Polk Parkway. Following Winter Lake Road, the state road heads east to the Circle B Bar Reserve and Lake Hancock before curving north to connect with the south side of SR 570 at Exit 14. 09/20/17
The wye interchange (Exit 14) with SR 540 (Winter Lake Road) is located just beyond the Central toll plaza. SR 540 constitutes a multilane arterial east to Eagle Lake, Winter Haven and U.S. 17. 09/20/17
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Traffic partitions with a SunPass lane to the left and five toll booths ahead of the two-lane off-ramp (Exit 14) for SR 540. SR 540 travels east overall to the Legoland theme park and U.S. 27 south of Dundee. 09/20/17
A sweeping curve takes SR 570 (Polk Parkway) northward for its leg to U.S. 92 (Exit 17) and ultimately I-4 (Exit 24). 09/20/17
A second wye interchange links SR 540 west with SR 570 (Polk Parkway) by the Polk County landfill. The toll road progresses north into western reaches of the Auburndale city limits at the K-ville Avenue (CR 542) overpass. 09/20/17
15 miles in SR 570 completes its turn north. Polk Parkway continues this course to its end in nine miles. 09/20/17
U.S. 92 connects Polk Parkway with eastern reaches of Lakeland in 1.25 miles. The U.S. highway locally extends east to Auburndale and Lake Alfred. Overall, U.S. 92 crosses the state, linking St. Petersburg and Tampa with Orlando and Daytona Beach. 09/20/17
K-ville Avenue crosses SR 570 (Polk Parkway) one mile out from U.S. 92 (Exit 17). U.S. 92 parallels a CSX Railroad line west to Memorial Boulevard through Lakeland and east to Magnolia Avenue in Auburndale. 09/20/17
Entering the folded diamond interchange (Exit 17) with U.S. 92 on SR 570 (Polk Parkway) eastbound. 09/20/17
Traveling north across another reclaimed strip mine, SR 570 next meets Old Dixie Highway at a diamond interchange (Exit 18). 09/20/17
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Old Dixie Highway was formerly a part of CR 546, which begins one mile to the west along Saddle Creek Road. 09/20/17
Old Dixie Highway leads east from Exit 18 to CR 655 (Berkley Road) and Lake Ariana in Auburndale. Westward, Old Dixie Highway follows a stair stepped route to Saddle Creek Road (CR 546) and Main Street (CR 542) at Carter's Corner. 09/20/17
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Polk Parkway (SR 570) narrows to two lanes north of Old Dixie Highway ahead of Lake Myrtle and the Eastern toll plaza. 05/30/19
Residences in the Lake Myrtle Shores and Country Acres communities line the east side of the Polk Parkway on the one mile approach to the Eastern toll plaza. 05/30/19
Braddock Road spans SR 570 eastbound prior to the Eastern toll plaza. 05/30/19
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The Eastern toll plaza lies between mile markers 21 and 22 along SR 570 east. 05/30/19
Leaving the final mainline toll plaza, SR 570 advances one mile to Pace Road (Exit 23). A maintenance road connects this stretch of Polk Parkway with the adjacent Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTX) SunTrax testing facility. The 475 acre site includes a 2.25 mile long oval track used for high-speed autonomous vehicle testing. 05/30/19
Exit 23 connects with Pace Road east to CR 655 (Berkley Road) and University Boulevard west, which serves Florida Polytechnic University. The parclo interchange opened in 2011. 05/30/19
Two lanes depart for Pace Road (Exit 23) along SR 570 (Polk Parkway) east. University Boulevard winds westward to Florida Polytechnic University and SR 33. 05/30/19
Polk Parkway ends in one mile at a trumpet interchange with Interstate 4 (Exit 24) to the southwest of Polk City. 05/30/19
I-4 heads northeast from Exit 24 to the southern reaches of the greater Orlando area, including the Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando resort complexes. 05/30/19
The final confirming marker for SR 570 east on the approach to the I-4 exchange (Exit 24). 05/30/19
The addition of Exit 23 to Polk Parkway included widening the northernmost stretch to four lanes to the exchange (Exit 24) with Interstate 4. 05/30/19
Traffic on SR 570 partitions for Interstate 4 east to Orlando and west through Lakeland to Plant City and Tampa. 05/30/19

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09/20/17, 05/30/19 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 4
U.S. 92
U.S. 98

Page Updated 05-31-2019.

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