Florida State Road 540

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State Road 540 marker

State Road 540
Route information
Maintained by FDOT
Length: 17.669 mi[1] (28.435 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 98 near Lakeland
  US 17 in Winter Haven
East end: US 27 near Waverly
Highway system
SR 539 SR 542

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.

Route description[edit]

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.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Polk County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
  0.000 0.000 US 98 (Bartow Road / SR 35 / SR 700) – Bartow, Lakeland
  3.883 6.249 SR 570 west (Polk Parkway) – Tampa SR 570 exit 14
  4.721 7.598 SR 570 east (Polk Parkway) – Orlando SR 570 exit 14
Winter Haven 9.235 14.862 SR 620 north to SR 655
Eagle Lake 10.488 16.879 US 17 (SR 555) to SR 540 east – Winter Haven, Bartow
Gap in route
Winter Haven 0.000 0.000 US 17 (3rd Street Southwest / SR 555) to SR 540 west
0.255 0.410 1st Street South - Polk State College to SR 549
  2.419 3.893 CR 550 east (Overlook Drive)
Winter Haven 3.394 5.462 Legoland Way - Legoland
5.344 8.600 CR 540A west (Lake Ruby Drive) / Cypress Gardens Road – Garden Grove Business District
7.181 11.557 US 27 (SR 25) – Haines City, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related roads[edit]

County Road 540[edit]

County Road 540
Location: Highland City

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[edit]

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[citation needed] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014