Florida State Road 540
|Maintained by FDOT|
|Length:||19.200 mi (30.899 km)|
|West end:||US 98 in Highland City|
|US 17 near Eagle Lake|
|East end:||US 27 near Waverly|
State Road 540 is a west–east route in Central Florida, serving Polk County. It runs 19.2 miles (30.9 km) from the south side of the city of Lakeland to US 27. SR 540 also runs along the future entrance to Legoland Florida. It is a major route along the south side of Winter Haven, where it is known as Cypress Gardens Boulevard, and an important link between Winter Haven and Lakeland, the Polk Parkway, and subsequently Interstate 4 and the Tampa Bay area.
State Road 540's western terminus is US 98 (Bartow Road) in southeastern Lakeland. It runs as Winter Lake Road (the name deriving from the cities it connects: Winter Haven and Lakeland), north of Lake Hancock, and by the entrance of Circle B Bar Reserve. The road intersects the Polk Parkway, then continues eastward as Winter Lake Road until it intersects with US 17, a few miles south of downtown Winter Haven. It briefly follows US 17 northward as 4th Street and splits off as Avenue R South.
As the road continues east from downtown Winter Haven, it is more commonly known as Cypress Gardens Boulevard, a tribute to the theme park whose entrance once stood along the road and is now being replaced by Legoland Florida. SR 540 continues from the former site of Cypress Gardens to its eastern terminus at US 27 between the cities of Dundee and Lake Wales. Across the intersection from SR 540 is Waverly Road, a much more minor road, which travels further east through the community of Waverly to SR 17.
County Road 540
County Road 540 is a few miles south of State Road 540 in Highland City and runs west from US 98 to County Road 37B. CR 540 is commonly known as Clubhouse Road, and the road is generally considered the northern boundary of Highland City.
County Road 540A
|Location:||South Lakeland, Florida|
There are two separate non-continuous segments known as County Road 540A. The western segment is also known as Central Barn Road and is a few miles south of CR 540 in Highland City and runs from US 98 to SR 37 (South Florida Avenue). The road is generally considered the southern boundary of Highland City. Annexations in the past decade by the city of Bartow have put the city within an eighth of a mile of County Road 540's junction with US 98. In spite of the 'A' designation, CR 540A is a longer road with heavier traffic volume than CR 540. Widening of the road from two to four lane lanes was completed in 2010, and the road is a major route connecting South Lakeland with Bartow.
The eastern segment of CR 540A is a loop road with both ends terminating at State Road 540. It begins at U.S. 17 in Eloise just south of Winter Haven where it is cosigned with County Road 655 (Snively Avenue). CR 540A then turns eastward at Eagle Lake Loop Road continuing eastward a few miles before turning north for a few miles near Lake Ruby before ending at SR 540.
- Google Inc. "Map showing SR 540 and its length". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Winter+Lake+Road+at+Bartow+Road,+Lakeland,+Florida&daddr=Cypress+Gardens+Blvd+at+U.S.+27,+Winter+Haven,+Florida&hl=en&geocode=FWkyqwEdH1Ee-ynht3lUWz7diDGfQ3_drdHXLA%3BFeDrqgEd2Ggi-ymvNZpKQQzdiDEoltc-069ieQ&mra=ls&sll=28.001601,-81.847372&sspn=0.034405,0.0842&ie=UTF8&z=12. Retrieved 31 Dec 2010.