Roundabout Construction Road Closure Extended For Additional Month
Old Bartow-Lake Wales Road Will Benefit From Improvement
Last updated 12/15/2022 at 10:12am
A month long extension of a road closure has been added to a roundabout project under construction at the intersection of Old Bartow Lake Wales Road and Rattlesnake Road (County Road 653) in Lake Wales. The construction project, which began in September, has required closure previously.
The road will close again at the intersection for one month starting Monday morning, December 19. Local access will be maintained to the point of closure, but no traffic will be permitted to cross the intersection.
Depending upon motorists' starting point and direction of travel, various detours will redirect traffic along a combination of roads that can include State Road 60, Rifle Range Road, County Road 540A (Eloise Loop Road and/or Thompson Nursery Road), Old Bartow Road, Mountain Lake Cutoff Road, and U.S. Highway 27. Detouring may be lengthy for some commuters. Motorists are advised to add extra time to trips through this area.
The area around the improvements is being rapidly developed. The roundabout is being built for Polk County through a developer's agreement to save the county time and money.
The new intersection will serve to improve the flow and safety of traffic through the intersection and provide access to a new subdivision being built on the northeast and southeast sides of the intersection. A new elementary school is also being constructed along the northwest quadrant of the intersection.
Other active roadway construction projects continue to affect traffic countywide. Motorists should always drive carefully, be alert to crews and equipment, and obey detour signs. For further details, call Bill Skelton with the Polk County Roads & Drainage Division at (863) 535-2200.