Interstate 4 East - Polk County

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Interstate 4 East
Forthcoming Polk Parkway (SR 570) provides a direct route to SR 540 (Winter Lake Road) east from Lakeland to both Winter Haven and the Legoland theme park. Photo taken 05/15/16.
SR 570 (Polk Parkway) ventures south from Exit 27 to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) and east through southern reaches of Lakeland. Connections with U.S. 98 lead travelers south to Bartow.
Frontage roads otherwise parallel Interstate 4 closely between County Line Road and the trumpet interchange at Exit 27. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Exit 27 carries drivers southward onto SR 570 (Polk Parkway) eastbound. Polk Parkway travels three miles to Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL), ten miles to U.S. 98, and 15 miles to SR 540. The toll road passes by the Medulla and Eaton Park communities of south Lakeland before turning northward near Auburndale and a return to Interstate 4. Photo taken 05/15/16.
The next four interchanges serve the city of Lakeland as Interstate 4 curves northeast toward Exit 28 and Memorial Boulevard (SR 546). Photo taken 05/15/16.
Memorial Boulevard constitutes the main east-west route through Lakeland, carrying U.S. 92 east from Wabash Avenue to Carters Corner. State Road 546 lines Memorial Boulevard east from a diamond interchange with I-4 to the U.S. 92 turn from Wabash Avenue toward Downtown Lakeland. Photo taken 09/28/13.
One half mile out from Exit 28 to SR 546 (Memorial Boulevard). Exit 28 originally consisted of a wye interchange from Interstate 4 eastbound. Widening of I-4 in Polk County included the expansion of the exchange into a full diamond to provide westbound access. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Galloway Road (CR 542A) passes over I-4 as Exit 28 departs the eastbound mainline. SR 546 begins at I-4, following Memorial Boulevard, partially as the hidden counterpart to U.S. 92, 5.84 miles east to Gary Road by Lake Parker. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Eastbound reassurance shield posted between the Swindell Road and 10th Street overpasses along I-4. Photo taken 05/15/16.
One mile west of the diamond interchange (Exit 31) with SR 539 (Kathleen Road) on I-4 east. SR 539 spurs southeast 2.52 miles from Exit 31 to SR 563 (Sikes Boulevard) near the RP Funding (Lakeland) Center and Downtown Historic District. Photo taken 12/06/18.
Kathleen Road extends north from Interstate 4 as unsigned County Road 35A to the community of Kathleen. Polk County Road 35A also passes through the Griffin, Galloway, and Mt. Tabor settlements along the way. Photo taken 12/06/18.
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Exit 31 departs Interstate 4 eastbound beyond the Bella Vista Street overpass. SR 539 ends as SR 563 overtakes Sikes Boulevard from Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Sikes Boulevard constitutes a short expressway west of Downtown, passing underneath Main, Lemon, and Orange Streets in the process. SR 563 continues southward along Sikes Boulevard to Polk Parkway and Medulla. Photo taken 12/06/18. Second photo taken 11/03/18.
U.S. 98 (Providence Road) and Interstate 4 cross paths at Exit 32 in north Lakeland. U.S. 98 represents the longest US highway within the state of Florida, traveling between Palm Beach and the Alabama state line west of Pensacola. Locally the highway comprises an commercial arterial by Lakeland Square Mall. Photo taken 05/15/16.
U.S. 98 follows Providence Road southward onto Florida Avenue through Downtown Lakeland. Points of interest reached by U.S. 98 include Florida Southern College, a campus designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 4 shield assembly posted ahead of the County Road 582 (Griffin Road) overpass. Photo taken 06/29/13.
Eastbound at the single point urban interchange (SPUI) with U.S. 98 (Providence Road). U.S. 98 joins Lakeland with the Polk County seat of Bartow to the south and Dade City to the northwest. Gibsonia and Providence lie within four miles of Interstate 4 via Providence Road north. Photo taken 08/29/14.
SR 33 meets Interstate 4 twice in the Lakeland area. The first meeting occurs at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 33) near Lake Gibson. Ramps tie Interstate 4 eastbound directly with the parallel state road. Westbound ramps utilize Polk County Road 582 (Socrum Loop Road) to the north. Photo taken 05/15/16.
SR 33 begins in Downtown Lakeland, following Massachusetts Avenue and Lakeland Hills Boulevard northward from U.S. 92 (Memorial Boulevard) to CR 582 at I-4. Once at Exit 33, SR 33 veers eastward toward SR 569 (Combee Road) and Exit 38. Photo taken 08/29/14.
Exit 33 for SR 33 leaves Interstate 4 eastbound. SR 33 south heads toward Publix Marchant Stadium, home of the Minor League Lakeland Flying Tigers. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Old Combee Road lies just to the east of Exit 33 and this I-4 shield. The local road links SR 33 with CR 582 (Socrum Loop Road) north near the Sand Piper neighborhood. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Continuing through northeastern reaches of the Lakeland city limits, Interstate 4 and SR 33 again cross paths at a diamond interchange (Exit 33) near Orangedale. Photo taken 05/15/16.
SR 33 continues parallel to Interstate 4 between Exit 38 and the Polk City line before turning northward. Motorists destined for Polk City can use SR 33 north or SR 559 north from Exit 44. Photo taken 05/15/16.
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Interstate 4 eastbound at the off-ramp (Exit 38) to SR 33. SR 33 continues north from Polk City to Eva and Groveland in Lake County. Photo taken 05/15/16. Second photo taken 11/03/18.
Polk Parkway returns to Interstate 4 at Exit 41. The 25-mile long toll road travels north-south from SR 540 (Winter Lake Road) alongside Auburndale to I-4 near Polk City. Photo taken 05/15/16.
A rural stretch of Interstate 4 ahead of SR 570 gives way to development including the 2014-opened campus of Florida Polytechnic University. Photo taken 05/15/16.
This mileage sign predates the completion of Polk Parkway, referencing SR 559 (Exit 44) as the subsequent eastbound interchange. SR 570 opened completely on December 12, 1999. Photo taken 05/15/16.
1.25-miles west of the trumpet interchange (Exit 41) with SR 570 (Polk Parkway). Three mainline toll plazas collect fares along the Polk Parkway, with higher rates charged for cash transactions over electronic ones using SunPass prepaid tolls. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Travelers bound for Auburndale can use Polk Parkway south to Exits 18 (Dixie Highway) or 17 (U.S. 92). Downtown Auburndale lies three miles east of the toll road. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Exit 41 departs Interstate 4 east for the westbound beginning of SR 570 (Polk Parkway). Polk Parkway turns westward at SR 540 (Exit 14) for Eaton Park in Lakeland. SR 540 east carries drivers to Eagle Lake and Winter Haven. Photo taken 09/11/17.
Mount Olive Road passes over Interstate 4 east ahead of this shield assembly. Photo taken 05/15/16.
SR 559 provides a second route to Auburndale from Interstate 4 eastbound at Exit 44. The state road travels south along Lake Juliana into northern reaches of the city. Photo taken 12/06/18.
The first of two sets of rest areas along Interstate 4 lies three miles ahead at the Green Swamp. Photo taken 05/15/16.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 4 and SR 559 at Exit 44. SR 559 follows Ariana Boulevard around Lake Ariana to Main Street and Downtown Auburndale, seven miles south of the freeway. Photo taken 05/24/17.
SR 559 heads north a short distance to CR 557A and its end at SR 33 (Commonwealth Avenue) in Polk City. Fantasy of Flight Museum lies along side SR 559 (Broadway Boulevard) nearby within northern reaches of the Auburndale city limits. Improvements completed in 2017 at Exit 44 included a new span for SR 559 and a slight realignment of the eastbound lanes for I-4.2 Photo taken 05/24/17.
Interstate 4 travels north of Lake Mattie through rural areas of the Green Swamp that offer the last reprieve of development before the greater Orlando area. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Rest areas line both sides of Interstate 4 beyond the Polk County Road 557A over crossing. Photo taken 09/28/13.
Polk County Road 557 represents the succeeding exit along Interstate 4 eastbound. The freeway crosses the Green Swamp and Hilochee Wildlife Management Area over the next 11 miles. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Eastbound at the Polk County Rest Area. The facility lies around 150 feet above sea level, however most of the surrounding area consists of wetlands associated with the Green Swamp. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 4 trailblazer posted within the Polk County Rest Area east of CR 557A. Photo taken 09/28/13.
Dense fog and smoke during the morning of January 9, 2008 resulted in a 70-car pile-up, causing the closure of Interstate 4 between Polk Parkway and Exit 55 (U.S. 27). Fires caused by the accident damaged a 650-foot section of freeway just west of Exit 48, requiring emergency resurfacing of the roadway.1 Photo taken 09/28/13.
County Road 557 stems south from forthcoming Exit 48 to Lake Alfred and Winter Haven. Future work will reconfigure Exit 48 into a diamond interchange. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Nearing the parclo B4 interchange (Exit 48) with Polk County Road 557 on Interstate 4 east. CR 557 leads south to connect with CR 17 (Polk City Road) southeast to Haines City and U.S. 27. Old Grade Road extends northward from Exit 48 and a 0.49-mile stretch of SR 557 to Deen Still Road. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 4 eastbound reaches Exit 48 (CR 557 south / Old Grade Road north). CR 557 travels southward into Lake Alfred where it meets U.S. 17 & 92 (Lake Shore Drive). U.S. 17 continues south from there into Winter Haven while U.S. 92 turns westward to Auburndale.
A July 2014 sign replacement at Exit 48 included the addition of yellow flashers alerting drivers to the sharp loop ramp. The approaches and overpass of CR 557 at Exit 48 are state maintained. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Interstate 4 plies northeast across additional acreage of Hilochee Wildlife Management Area. Photo taken 06/29/13.
Interstate 4 next meets U.S. 27 (Exit 55) in six miles. Downtown Orlando is a half hour away. Photo taken 09/07/16.
A second parclo B4 interchange joins Interstate 4 with U.S. 27 at Exit 55. Prior to six lane expansion of I-4 between Exit 55 and the Osceola County, this stretch was the site of daily traffic back-ups. Photo taken 09/07/16.
One half mile out from the loop ramp (Exit 55) to U.S. 27 at Posner Park.
U.S. 27 is a major north-south corridor through the state of Florida, originating in Miami, then angling northwest past Lake Okeechobee toward central Florida. U.S. 27 is approximately midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean where it crosses Interstate 4. Photo taken 10/01/15.
Exit 55 leaves Interstate 4 east for U.S. 27. U.S. 27 trudges through a suburbanized corridor between Haines City and Clermont. The four to six lane arterial heads north eight miles to Four Corners (U.S. 192 east), the location where Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Polk Counties come together. Photo taken 10/01/15.
Widening of Interstate 4 through northeast Polk County improved the ramp geometry at Exit 55. The eastbound off-ramp ends ties into U.S. 27 opposite Southwest Access Road to an RV park. Photo taken 05/15/16.
U.S. 27 ventures south nine miles into Haines City and 22 miles northward to SR 50 in Clermont. Photo taken 04/24/19.
Interstate 4 angles northeast across an area of wetlands to the Osceola County line and Exit 58 with County Road 532 (Osceola-Polk Line Road). Photo taken 07/21/19.
Polk County Road 54 (Ronald Reagan Parkway) passes over Interstate 4 one half mile southwest of Exit 58. The east-west arterial serves fast growing suburban development between U.S. 17 & 92 at Loughman and U.S. 27. Champions Gate Boulevard ties into Polk County Road 54 from Exit 58. Photo taken 07/21/19.
The diamond interchange at Exit 58 straddles the Osceola County line. CR 532 travels 4.40 miles east to U.S. 17 & 92. The community of Poinciana lies south of U.S. 17 & 92 via Poinciana Parkway (SR 538).
Champions Gate Boulevard continues Osceola-Polk Line Road west to a golf course community and an end at Ronald Reagan Parkway (CR 54). Photo taken 09/07/16.
Downtown Kissimmee lies 14 miles east from Exit 58 via CR 532 and U.S. 17-92. With the opening of Poinciana Parkway (SR 538) south from Kinner Harmon Road, the distance to Poinciana was reduced from 17 to 13 miles.
Future work at I-4 and Osceola Polk Line Road will convert this exchange into a DDI. Photo taken 09/20/17.
Elevating to pass over CR 532, I-4 east next approaches SR 429 (Daniel Webster Western Beltway) north (Exit 60). Photo taken 10/01/15.
Interstate 4 cuts across the northwest corner of Osceola County for 7.89 miles. Photo taken 09/07/16.


 

Sources:

  1. "I-4 Remains Closed, Crews Resume Work On Charred Road." WFTV, January 10, 2008.
  2. "I-4 Project to Be Explained at Meeting on Thursday." The Ledger, August 4, 2014.


Photo Credits:

06/29/13, 09/28/13, 08/29/14, 10/01/15, 05/15/16, 09/07/16, 05/24/17, 09/11/17, 09/20/17, 11/03/18, 12/06/18, 04/24/19, 07/21/19 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 27
U.S. 98
State Road 559
State Road 570 - Polk Parkway

Page Updated 04-23-2019.