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Three roads at U.S. 27 & I-4 interchange set to open

Three roads at U.S. 27 & I-4 interchange set to open

Polk County, FL -- Polk County has announced it will open three interconnected roadways forming a partial loop around the U.S. Highway 27 and I-4 interchange. Ernie Caldwell Boulevard, Heller Brothers Boulevard and Pine Tree Trail will open Monday, Dec. 5.

Funded by the North Ridge Community Redevelopment Agency, plus additional grant funding for the Ernie Caldwell Boulevard project, these roads satisfy concurrency objectives established in Polk County’s Comprehensive Plan and provide alternate routes for local traffic around the U.S. 27 and I-4 interchange.

Traffic app helps holiday shoppers

Before you head out to the mall this year for Christmas shopping keep in mind that you can take a look at what traffic looks like before you get on the highway.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has an app for that.

The Florida 511 app now features traffic camera views that show crashes, congestion and other incidents on all of Florida's interstates and roll roads. The app uses the iPhone's GPS tracking to provide you with traffic information within miles of your location.

Text and Drive event in Winter Haven

Text and Drive event in Winter Haven

Attention students: don’t text while driving your vehicle. That’s the message the Winter Haven High Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and the Winter Haven Police Department will try to get out at their annual “TEXT and DRIVE’ event on Friday, Nov. 18 at Winter Haven High.

Lakeland Click it or Ticket it

Lakeland Click it or Ticket it

Lakeland, FL -- The Lakeland Police Department will participate in the 2011 Florida Click It or Ticket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave.

It begins on Monday, Nov. 14 and will conclude at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 27.

During this wave, officers will increase traffic enforcement with an emphasis on safety belt and child restraint usage.

Car care tips and free oil change for women

Car care tips and free oil change for women

Bartow, FL -- Properly maintaining your car can save you a lot of heartache down the road.

And in this case, learning about it can save you some money too!

On Wednesday, there's a free Women's Car Care Clinic being held to show women how to maintain their car and make it run more efficiently.

It is free of charge, and every woman that registers and attends receives a gift card for a free oil change.

The event runs from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Super-Lube, 1615 N. Broadway Ave. in Bartow.

DiOGi Park, Harpe Park closures for Halloween Hayrides

DiOGi Park, Harpe Park closures for Halloween Hayrides

Bartow, FL -- In preparation for the 15th Annual Haunted Halloween Hayride and Happenings event, DiOGi Park and the dirt road leading to the bike trails and fishing pits in Loyce E. Harpe Park will temporarily close.

The road will be closed Oct. 20 - 24 and will re-open Tuesday, Oct. 25.

DiOGi Park will close Oct. 22 and will reopen Sunday, Oct. 23. The dog park is located within Loyce E. Harpe Park.

A safe alternative to trick-or-treating, this family event will take place 5 - 10 p.m. on Oct. 22, at Loyce E. Harpe Park, 500 West Carter Road in Mulberry.

Hallam Drive temporary road closure

Hallam Drive temporary road closure

Lakeland, FL - Hallam Drive, in Lakeland will be closed at Lakeland Highlands Road.

The closure is required to widen the intersection, and will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.

The Hallam Drive project should be completed and the road reopened by 5 p.m. on Oct. 6.

During the closure, please avoid this area.