New Toll Road Will Impact Hampton Tract

The proposed western leg of the Central Polk Parkway, a toll road between U.S. 17 near Bartow Municipal Airport or thereabouts and the Polk Parkway near the county landfill will cut through the northeastern corner of the Marshall Hampton Reserve, a popular recreation site near the intersection of Thornhill Road and Winter Lake Road.

The draft map of the project lays out its tentative route. The road is still in the planning stage at this point, but funding may be forthcoming to make it happen because the Florida Department of Transportation has put a lot of emphasis on freight mobility and this is downstream from the CSX freight terminal recently rebranded as Florida’s Gateway or some such.

Watch for public meetings so you can provide your input. The names on the map are property owners along the route who will also be involved in the process.

Posted in Group Conservation Issues.