On June 10, TPO staff will request the board to review and approve the Draft 2021 Priority Transportation Projects, a multi-modal list of projects consisting of highway, transit, sidewalks and trails. These are the projects the TPO seeks state and federal funding through the Florida Department of Transportation.
The TPO’s adopted Long-Range Transportation Plan, Momentum 2045, is the source for many of the projects being recommended. This year, the TPO is requesting funding for nearly 30 projects totaling approximately $450 Million.
Highlights from the TPO’s 2021 Priority Transportation Projects include:
- Central Polk Parkway Phase II - a new four-lane tolled highway between State Road
60 and US 17 east of Bartow (construction funding)
- Interstate 4 at State Road 33 - interchange reconstruction in Northeast Lakeland (construction funding)
- North Ridge Trail - a new two-lane road between Deen Still and Sand Mine Roads in Northeast Polk County (construction funding)
- State Road 544 - widening between Winter Haven and Haines City (design funding)
- US 98 - widening between Edgewood Drive and Main Street in Lakeland (construction funding).
Complete Street, Sidewalk and Transit Projects
- State Road 659, known as Combee Road - (right-of-way acquisition) and
- Providence Road (construction) in Lakeland
- US 17/92 in Lake Alfred
- 3rd Street NW in Winter Haven
- Lakeland Intermodal Facility - a new multi-use transit terminal in Downtown Lakeland
- Ridge Scenic Highway Connector Trail along a portion of State Road 17 in Downtown Lake Wales (construction)
- Old Dixie Trail between Auburndale, Lake Alfred and Haines City (design)
- Tenoroc Trail between Lake Crago Park and the Van Fleet/Auburndale Trail in Auburndale (design)
These priority projects will be submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation as input to the development of its fiscal years 2022/23 – 2026/27 Draft Work Program. The work program is typically released in the fall, at which time the projects that received funding will be revealed.