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State Road (SR) 544 (Martin Luther King Boulevard) from 5th Street Northwest to 1st Street North in Winter Haven (FPID: 447877-1); SR 544 (Havendale Boulevard NW) at US 17 in Winter Haven (FPID: 447874-1); and SR 555 (US 17) at Crystal Beach Road in Eagle Lake (FPID: 447854-1)

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Current conditions: (447874-1) SR 544 NW at the US 17 interchange and (447877-1) between 5th Street Northwest to 1st Street N in Winter Haven is a four-lane highway. Within the study area, SR 544 NW at US 17 is a four-lane intersection with additional turn lanes in each direction. From 5th Street Northwest to 1st Street North, the four-lane roadway has center left and right turn lanes. The posted speed is 35 miles per hour. There are sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. There are no bike lanes.

Design conditions: The design for SR 544 proposes removing the center turn lane and adding a raised grassed median.

  • The raised grassed median will close access for left or right turns just west of 5th Street Northwest to just west of 1st Street North.
  • Median opening at Unity Way NW
  • There will be a left turn lane for eastbound drivers on SR 544 who are turning onto 1st Street North.
  • Directional median openings are also being evaluated

Design conditions: The design for the SR 544 NW and US 17 intersection proposes median access changes.

  • The closing of the existing median openings at SR 544 and 10th and 9th Street NW.

Current conditions: (447854-1) SR 555 in Eagle Lake is a four-lane divided highway. Within the study area, SR 555 has a posted speed of 55 miles per hour. An opening in the raised median at the intersection of SR 555 and Crystal Beach Road permits right and left-turning traffic movements from three directions. Northbound and southbound SR 555 consists of a split road with one designated left turn lane and two through lanes on each side. There are no bike lanes or sidewalks. Eastbound and westbound Crystal Beach Road has one lane in each direction with a left turn lane onto SR 555. Also, a railroad track crosses Crystal Beach Road just before the intersection with SR 555. Traffic entering SR 555 from Crystal Beach Road is controlled by a STOP sign.

Design conditions: The design proposes adding a raised median island.

  • Access will remain for northbound and southbound drivers on SR 555 making right or left turns onto Crystal Beach Road. Access will remain for eastbound drivers on Crystal Beach Road turning right or left onto SR 555.
  • A raised median island to channelize left turning movements for northbound SR 555 onto Crystal Beach Road and left turning movements from Crystal Beach Road to northbound SR 555.
  • Widening the southbound right turn lane from SR 555 to Crystal Beach Road to accommodate line of sight from the eastbound traffic at the intersection.
  • Construction of a new acceleration lane from the new median improvement to the existing northbound SR 555.
  • Lighting and drainage improvements
  • Resurfacing

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