U.S. 17 North - Polk County

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U.S. 17 north
Confirming marker posted north of County Line Road and the city of Bowling Green. Photo taken 11/26/17.
Traveling north from the Hardee County line, U.S. 17 advances 5.8 miles to the Fort Meade city line and 19 miles to Bartow. Photo taken 11/26/17.
Northbound U.S. 17 enters Fort Meade at the Hammock Lake Estates manufactured home community ahead of McDuffie Loop. Photo taken 11/26/17.
Transitioning into a five-lane boulevard, U.S. 17 follows Charleston Avenue north through Fort Meade. Traffic lights operate at 6th Street adjacent to Fort Meade Middle School. Photo taken 11/26/17.
U.S. 98 branches 15 miles west from U.S. 27 near Frostproof to meet U.S. 17 in the Fort Meade business district. Photo taken 11/26/17.
U.S. 98 (Broadway Street) connects Fort Meade with Avon Park along an overlap with U.S. 27 south to Sebring. Photo taken 11/26/17.
Polk County Road 630 extends Broadway Street west from U.S. 98 and U.S. 17 (Charleston Avenue). The rural highway measures 12.3 miles to SR 37 south of Bradley Junction. Photo taken 11/26/17.
U.S. 17 & 98 north
U.S. 98 combines with U.S. 17 (Charleston Avenue) north 10.9 miles from Broadway Avenue in Fort Meade to SR 60 in Bartow. Photo taken 11/26/17.
Spanning the parallel CSX Railroad line, U.S. 17/98 north continue to CR 640 (Homeland Garfield Road) at the unincorporated community of Homeland. Photo taken 11/26/17.
CR 640 (Homeland Garfield Road) takes a stair stepped route 18.0 miles east from U.S. 17/92 to SR 17 near Highland Park and Hillcrest Heights. Heading west from Homeland, CR 640 trends northward to Green Bay, SR 37 at Pine Dale and Lithia in Hillsborough County. Photo taken 11/26/17.
Continuing north into the Polk County seat of Bartow, U.S. 17/98 (Holland Parkway) intersect Main Street (former SR 60 Business) east of Downtown. SR 60 Business was established following the relocation of SR 60 to the north along an arterial bypass (Van Fleet Drive).. Photo taken 11/18/03.
U.S. 17 north
U.S. 17 commences a gradual easterly turn beyond the split with U.S. 98 toward Eagle Lake and Winter Haven. Photo taken 04/26/14.
Ernest M. Smith Boulevard, a 2.1 mile long arterial bypass north of Bartow, opened to traffic on April 17, 2013. Connecting U.S. 17 with U.S. 98, the $13.2 million roadway took a year to build.1 Photo taken 04/26/14.
Reassurance marker posted after Ernest M. Smith Boulevard west in Bartow. Photo taken 04/26/14.
91 Mine Road leads 2.7 miles north along a winding course from SR 60 to U.S. 17 west of Bartow Municipal Airport (BOW). Photo taken 04/26/14.
Airport Boulevard north and Spirit Lake Road south come together at the succeeding traffic light along U.S. 17 northbound. Photo taken 04/26/14.
Bomber Road (unsigned CR 559) stems 3.3 miles east from U.S. 17 to CR 655 (Rifle Range Road) at the community of Wahneta. Photo taken 04/26/14.
Through the city of Eagle Lake, U.S. 17 partitions into a one-way couplet along 5th Street north and 4th Street south. Eagle Avenue leads southeast from the business district to become Eagle Lake Loop Road en route to CR 655 (Rifle Range Road) at CR 540A. Photo taken 04/26/14.
The separate roadways for U.S. 17 through Eagle Lake converge at the intersection with Gilbert Street. Photo taken 04/26/14.
Leaving Eagle Lake, U.S. 17 approaches the western branch of SR 540 and the city of Winter Haven. Photo taken 04/26/14.
State Road 540 constitutes a four lane highway miles west from Winter Haven to Polk Parkway (SR 570). The route extends 10.4 miles to U.S. 98 at Lakeland. Photo taken 04/26/14.
SR 540 west connects with SR 620, a short link to SR 655 leading northwest from Winter Haven to Auburndale. Photo taken 04/26/14.
An implied 1.6 mile overlap with U.S. 17 joins the west branch of SR 540 with the continuation of the state road east along Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven. Photo taken 04/26/14.

Sources:
  1. "Ernest M. Smith Blvd. To Open Wednesday in Bartow." The Ledger (Lakeland, FL), April 13, 2013.


Photo Credits:

  • 11/18/03 by Justin Cozart.
  • 04/26/14 by AARoads.
  • 11/26/17 by AARoads.

Connect with:
U.S. 92
U.S. 98
State Road 60
State Road 540
State Road 544
State Road 655

Page Updated 04-15-2019.