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Project Details
Work Type: Intersection Construction
Phase: Construction
Limits: State Road (SR) 555 (US 17) from south of Spirit Lake Road to north of Spirit Lake Road
Length: 1 miles
Construction Cost: $9.5 million
Start of Current Phase: Mid 2022
Est. Completion of Current Phase: Early 2024

The purpose of this project is to improve safety in and around the US 17 and Spirit Lake Road intersection in Bartow. 

Project Improvements Include: 

  • Reconstructing the existing asphalt intersection with rigid concrete pavement at US 17 and Spirit Lake Road
  • Resurfacing the remaining asphalt portions of the roadway from south of Gate Road to north of Transport Road
  • Adding LED lighting and new signal equipment at both Spirit Lake Road and Bomber Road
  • Close an existing median opening north of Bomber Road
  • Extending the northbound right turn lane and southbound left turn lane on US 17 at both Bomber Road and Transport Road
  • Extending the southbound right turn lane on Spirit Lake Road
  • Adding sidewalk to connect the Bartow Municipal Airport entrance with Bomber Road
  • Adding transit pads on both side of US 17 at the bus stops near Gate Road and Bomber Road
  • Adding high visibility crosswalks at Bomber Road connecting the park and ride lot with the bus stop across US 17
Public Involvement

A public hearing was held on Tuesday, November 17,2020 with both a face-to-face meeting and a virtual component with public comments gathered through December 4, 2020 becoming part of the public hearing record. More information about the public involvement for this project can be found under Project Documents.

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Contact Information
Design Project Manager
Ryan Weeks
(863) 519-2837
Communications Team
Sandra Mancil
For Media Inquiries Only
  • Spirit Lake Road is now CLOSED at US 17 through early October. US 17 will remain open in both directions. Many local roads are not suited for large volumes of traffic and should only be used for local traffic and not used to detour. Follow the posted detours that direct motorists to access between Spirit Lake Road and US 17:

    • Detour from US 17 to Spirit Lake Road: Motorists on US 17 will be directed to SR 540 (Winter Lake Road) north/west back to Spirit Lake Road.
    • Detour from Spirit Lake Road to US 17: Motorists on Spirit Lake Road will be directed to Winter Lake Road east back to US 17.
    • Detour from Thornhill Road to US 17: Westbound motorists on Thornhill Road will be directed to Winter Lake Road east back to US 17. Eastbound motorists on Thornhill Road will be directed north on Spirit Lake Road to Winter Lake Road east back to US 17.

    Some delays are likely, especially during peak-hour drive times. Motorists should use caution, watch for detour signs and add extra time in their schedule to reach their destination.


Project Documents
Project Images
Spirit Lake Road Detour