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Project Details
Work Type: Widening
Phase: Construction
Limits: Buckeye Loop Road to east of US 27
Length: 3.5 miles
Construction Cost: $43.6 million
Start of Current Phase: Late 2020
Est. Completion of Current Phase: Early 2023

Project Description

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One began widening the second phase of State Road (SR) 542 (Dundee Road) from the City of Winter Haven to the Town of Dundee in Polk County, Florida on September 8, 2020. This phase extends from Buckeye Loop Road to east of US 27, and is expected to be completed by spring of 2023As part of this project, crews will widen the road from two to four lanes, construct an enclosed drainage system, install a new signal at Overlook Drive and close the Overlook Drive merge, add sidewalk, bike lanes and street lighting and install utility improvements for the City of Lakeland and Town of Dundee.

Project Improvements

Dundee Road improvements between Winter Haven and the Town of Dundee will provide additional capacity to address:

  • expected traffic demands within the corridor
  • economic growth from Legoland and associated planned retail developments in Winter Haven
  • future population growth in Polk County
  • importance of a safer roadway and as a hurricane evacuation route

The SR 542 projects are consistent with the Polk Transportation Planning Organization's Momentum 2040 Plan, the county’s long range transportation plan.

Public Involvement

A virtual public meeting was held in September 2020 to allow interested parties to view information and ask questions about the project. 

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Contact Information
Communications Team
Sandra Mancil
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  • This week, crews will work on underground utilities, drainage, sidewalk and curb, lighting, driveway and side street connections and building the new medians and traffic separators.

    ·         East of Overlook Drive to US 27: Westbound traffic has been shifted onto the new lanes from US 27 to just east of Overlook Drive so crews can work in the median. Some temporary median openings that were created during construction will now be closed creating a right-in and right-out access to some homes and businesses. Motorists will have to go to the next available opening and U-Turn to travel in the opposite direction. Use caution until everyone is used to the new traffic pattern.

    ·         Woodfern Drive at Dundee Road: (This work has been rescheduled form August 1 to August 15)  Woodfern Drive will be closed at Dundee Road starting Monday, August 15, for drainage work. Motorists wanting to access the neighborhood off Woodfern Drive will be detoured to Buckeye Loop Road to access the neighborhood from Knollwood Drive.


Project Documents
Project Images
West end of project at US 27  (9-17-21)
Map of project limits and location
Section Three: Us 27 to 1,300 feet east of US 27.
Section Two: From 1,800 feet west of US 27 to US 27
Section One: Woodfern Drive to 1,800 feet west of US 27