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Railroad and Roundabout Work to Affect Polk County Traffic


Published on Jan 20, 2023


Bartow, Fla. (January 20, 2023) — Ongoing construction of a new roundabout will keep the intersection of Old Bartow Lake Wales Road and Rattlesnake Road (County Road 653) closed in Lake Wales through February. Local access is maintained to the point of closure, but traffic is not permitted to cross the intersection. 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.

Consecutive closures at CSX rail crossings along the “Bone Valley” line south of Mulberry will detour traffic starting next week. Each crossing will close for two-to-five days to replace aging wooden railroad ties. The Bonnie Mine Road crossing north of the intersection at Pebbledale Road will close on Monday, January 25 followed by the closing of the County Road 640 crossing just east of Mosaic’s Green Bay facility. Traffic will be rerouted for both closures along County Road 640 to State Road 37 or County Road 555 (Agricola Road) to State Road 60. CSX will conclude this round of repairs at two adjacent crossings on County Road 555 (Agricola Road) west of Duke Energy’s Hines Plant. Traffic will detour along County Road 555 to Old Highway 37 or State Road 60 to avoid work zones. Depending on driving destination, detours could be long and time-consuming. Motorists should plan accordingly and add extra time to trips through these areas.

Polk County regrets any disruption and delays resulting from CSX closings, but recognizes rail repairs are necessary and will make for better and safer driving conditions when completed. To report a rail crossing issue or complaint, contact CSX at (877) 835-5279 or TellCSX@csx.com.

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.