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Old Bartow Road Roundabout Closing Extended Until February

County Project Designed to Improve Traffic Flow in Fast-Growing Area

 

Last updated 1/9/2023 at 2:11pm

A typical roundabout intersection design

A new roundabout project at the intersection of Old Bartow Lake Wales Road and Rattlesnake Road (County Road 653) in Lake Wales will close the intersection for one month starting Monday morning, January 9. 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.

Local access will be maintained to the point of closure, but no traffic will be permitted to cross the intersection. Depending on the destination and direction of travel, detour signs will reroute 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 roundabout will improve the flow and safety of traffic through the intersection and provide access to a new subdivision being built on the east side and a new elementary school under construction at the northwest corner. The roundabout is being built for Polk County through a developer's agreement to save the county time and money.

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. 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.

A typical roundabout reduces the need for motorists to stop and wait, allowing only a yield to vehicles already in the roundabout. The widely-used design is considered a significant capacity improvement.

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.

 

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