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 constitutes a 24.38-mile long toll road that encircles the city of Lakeland and skirts western reaches of Auburndale. Connections with U.S. 98 lead travelers south to Bartow. Photo taken 05/15/16.
Entering the trumpet interchange (Exit 27) with SR 570 (Polk Parkway) east on I-4. Polk Parkway travels ten miles between the Medulla and Eaton Park communities to U.S. 98 and 15 miles to SR 540. 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.
Taking U.S. 92 from Wabash Avenue to Carters Corner, Memorial Boulevard constitutes the main route east across Lakeland. State Road 546 lines Memorial Boulevard from the diamond interchange (Exit 28) with I-4 to U.S. 92 at N Lake Parker Avenue. Photo taken 05/27/20.
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. CR 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. The longest US highway within the state of Florida, U.S. 98 travels between Palm Beach and the Alabama state line west of Pensacola. Locally the route comprises a commercial arterial by Lakeland Square Mall. Photo taken 05/27/20.
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 05/27/20.
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. 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 U.S. 98 north as well. Photo taken 05/27/20.
SR 33 meets Interstate 4 twice in the Lakeland area. The first meeting is at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 33) near Lake Gibson. Ramps tie Interstate 4 eastbound directly with the parallel state road. Westbound ramps utilize adjacent CR 582 (Socrum Loop Road). Photo taken 05/27/20.
Following Massachusetts Avenue and Lakeland Hills Boulevard northward from U.S. 92 (Memorial Boulevard) to CR 582 at I-4, SR 33 begins in Downtown Lakeland,. Beyond Exit 33, SR 33 winds northeast to SR 659 (Combee Road) and Exit 38. Photo taken 05/27/20.
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 converge again at a diamond interchange (Exit 33) near Orangedale. Future work will convert Exit 33 into a dumbbell interchange. Photo taken 05/27/20.
SR 33 continues to parallel Interstate 4 between Exit 38 and the Polk City line before turning northward. Guide signs on I-4 reference Polk City via SR 559, despite SR 33 providing a more direct route from the west. Photo taken 05/27/20.
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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 from SR 540 (Winter Lake Road) alongside Auburndale to I-4 near Polk City. Photo taken 05/27/20.
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 05/27/20.
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 05/27/20.
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 SR 570 (Polk Parkway). Polk Parkway turns westward at SR 540 (Exit 14) to Eaton Park and Lakeland. SR 540 stems east from U.S. 98 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. A realignment made in 2020 shifted the route west along Fred Jones Boulevard (CR 559A) and south along Berkley Road (CR 655) to U.S. 92 into the city. Photo taken 12/06/18.
The lone rest area along Interstate 4 lies three miles ahead at the Green Swamp. The rest area in Seminole County was converted to a truck parking area in 2020. Photo taken 05/15/16.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 4 and SR 559 at Exit 44. Prior to 2020, SR 559 followed Ariana Boulevard around Lake Ariana to Main Street and Downtown Auburndale, seven miles south of the freeway. Photo taken 05/27/20.
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 05/27/20.
SR 559 replaced the truck route dog legging west along Fred C. Jones Boulevard and Berkley Road south. A large distribution center was constructed between I-4 and Fred C. Jones Boulevard in 2019/20. Photo taken 05/22/20.
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SR 559 heads 0.7 miles north to CR 557A and 2.5 miles to 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. Photos taken 05/22/20.
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 05/27/20.
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 Green Swamp. Photo taken 05/27/20.
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 I-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 05/27/20.
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.
County Road 54 (Ronald Reagan Parkway) passes over Interstate 4 one half mile southwest of Exit 58. The arterial serves fast growing suburban development between U.S. 17/92 and Poinciana Parkway at Loughman and U.S. 27. Champions Gate Boulevard ties into CR 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 extends west from Osceola-Polk Line Road to the nearby golf course community and Ronald Reagan Parkway (CR 54). Photo taken 05/27/20.
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, 10/01/15, 05/15/16, 09/07/16, 09/11/17, 09/20/17, 11/03/18, 12/06/18, 04/24/19, 07/21/19, 05/22/20, 05/27/20 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 27
U.S. 98
State Road 539
State Road 546
State Road 559
State Road 570 - Polk Parkway
County Road 557

Page Updated 05-28-2020.