At their October board meeting, the Chamber’s Board of Directors passed the following resolution on the Central Polk Parkway.
A RESOLUTION OF THE GREATER WINTER HAVEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT OF THE CENTRAL POLK PARKWAY
October 27, 2014
The Board of Directors of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce supports the expeditious funding for the completed design and construction of the Central Polk Parkway.
The development of this road is integral to our communityâ€™s capacity to handle the increased traffic created by the CSX Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center (CFILC) as well as a gateway to our area for increased visitation to LEGOLANDÂ® Florida and other area attractions.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The supply chain and logistics industry in East Polk County is projected to grow substantially over the next ten years and it is of the utmost importance to plan and build the needed infrastructure to support such growth.Â Seamless connectivity between the CFILC and Interstate 4 will provide efficient intermodal freight service to Orlando and Tampa, which will strengthen Floridaâ€™s position as a global trade hub and further promote economic development along the I-4 corridor.Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Our Board of Directors believes this should be Floridaâ€™s top transportation priority and that advanced funding should be made for right-of-way acquisition and construction through the Florida Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) as well as other applicable transportation funding sources.Â Furthermore, we recommend construction of the Central Polk Parkway begin first at the I-4 interchange and progress south and then west.Â This sequence of construction will expedite the connection between Winter Haven and Orlando and provide traffic relief to US 27.
For those of you who may not yet be familiar with the Central Polk Parkway, itÂ is a proposed extension of the current Polk Parkway that would loop through the Eastern parts of Polk County with proposed connections at the Winter Lake Road exit of the existing Polk Parkway and connect to I-4 near the Polk County and Osceola County line. This road will provide more direct access from the Orlando market to east Polk County as well as provide relief on US HWY 27 as the main entry point to northeast Polk County to both tourists, locals and the increased levels of logistics and distribution traffic due to the success of the CSX Central Florida ILC. While it is currently on the Florida Department of Transportation project list the design is only partially funded. The Chamber Board of Directors believe that it is vitally important that this project move forward as a top priority. For more information on the proposed development visit centralpolkparkway.com.Â