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Updated: 02/05/2014 08:00:03AM

Parkway costs is in the billion range

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Winter Haven Mayor Nathaniel Birdsong (left) and Polk Transportation Planning Organization Director Tom Deardorff (right) talk with FDOT District Secretary Billy Hattaway at Friday's Central Florida Parkway Advocacy Committee meeting Friday.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Florida DOT District Secretary Billy Hattaway briefs the Central Polk Parkway advocacy group Friday at Bartow Airport.

By CATHY PALMER

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While the major hang-up in the development of the proposed 45-mile Central Polk Parkway — which would link the existing Polk Parkway with Interstate 4 via a roundabout route skirting Lake Wales and other east Polk communities — is its whopping $1.2 billion cost, a tiny lizard could also be a problem.

The sand skank, a little known reptile, could add another $59 million to the already sky-high cost, Florida Department of Transportation engineers and planners told the parkway’s advocacy group Friday.

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