U.S. 27 North - Frostproof to Leesburg

U.S. 27 North
Much farther north, U.S. 27/Florida 25 approaches Florida 540, which travels east to Waverly and west to U.S. 17/Florida 555 between Eagle Lake and Winter Haven. A freeway-style guide sign is used to advertise Florida 540 west to Cypress Gardens (a theme park that is a bit off the beaten path) and Winter Haven. No mention is made of attractions along eastbound Florida 540. Photo taken 11/18/03.
Northbound U.S. 27 approaches a traffic signal for Florida 540, Cypress Gardens Boulevard. Florida 540 is 18.11 miles long, connecting U.S. 27 with Winter Haven and Lakeland. A route break exists for the shared section with U.S. 17 near Eagle Lake. Photo taken 11/18/03.
From the U.S. 27 overpass, busy four-lane Interstate 4 passes under the divided highway. Photo taken 11/18/03.
U.S. 27 northbound within the now-expanded parclo interchange with Interstate 4 near Posner Park. A dual-turn lane facilitates movements onto the freeway westbound for Lakeland and Tampa while U.S. 27 maintains six overall lanes above. Photo taken 05/27/05.
An incredible amount of commercial development has occurred at the Interstate 4 and U.S. 27 interchange. Even back in the 1970s and 1980s, this interchange was chock full of gas stations, restaurants, and motels. Due to the proximity of this development to the U.S. 27/Interstate 4 interchange, congestion is frequently an issue through here. The interchange is a folded cloverleaf, which exacerbates the congestion. This interchange is not without an attraction, either: Baseball City Stadium (former Boardwalk and Baseball, 1987 to 1990 and Circus World, 1974 to 1987) lies just east of U.S. 27. For more on this "lost" attraction, visit Boardwalk and Baseball and Circus World. Photo taken 11/18/03.
Mileage sign posted after the interchange with Interstate 4 on U.S. 27. Much of the 25-mile drive between Posner Park and Clermont is either developed or developing. Photo taken 05/27/05.
Nearing the signalized intersection with Ronald Reagan Parkway (Polk County 54) east and Deen Still Road west. Deen Still Road meanders west through protected areas of the Green Swamp, while Polk County 54 begins and travels eastward through growing sprawl between U.S. 27 and U.S. 17-92 near Loughman. Photo taken 05/27/05.
Six miles separates Polk County 54 from U.S. 192 on U.S. 27 northbound. U.S. 192 begins in a fast growing area known as Four Corners, named after the confluence of the four county corners of Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Polk. Photo taken 05/27/05.

Polk Park Boulevard and Polo Park Boulevard East intersect U.S. 27 one half mile south of the U.S. 192 trumpet interchange. Both roads serve as the main entrance point to fairly new golf course subdivisions. Photo taken 05/27/05.
A second look at the freeway-style guide sign on U.S. 27 (Florida 25) northbound as it approaches the interchange for U.S. 192, a divided highway that extends east from U.S. 27 toward Walt Disney World theme park. This interchange marks the western terminus of U.S. 192, which follows Florida 530 from here east to Kissimmee. East of Kissimmee, U.S. 192 follows Florida 500 east to Melbourne. Photo taken 11/18/03.
U.S. 192 provides a direct route to Walt Disney World at Bay Lake from U.S. 27. The U.S. highway follows Orange and Osceola County line along the Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, a heavily developed arterial leading east into Kissimmee. U.S. 192 used to end at U.S. 17-92 in Kissimmee, but it was extended west in 1972 after the construction of tourist attraction Walt Disney World to its current terminus here at U.S. 27. Like its parent route, U.S. 192 is a single-state route that does not leave Florida and its 75 miles are much shorter than the required 300 miles long for a single state route. Nevertheless, U.S. 192 has survived in Florida since 1926 (and is therefore an original route). Photo taken 05/27/05.

Page Updated March 18, 2008.

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