Anyone wanting to attend the departure rally for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday morning should follow the directions to the airport below from the Lakeland Police Department.
The event is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Go east on Interstate 4, take Exit 27 to merge onto FL-570 east toward Lakeland/Winter Haven, a toll road. Take Exit 4 for Waring Road toward FL-572/Drane Field Road, a toll road. Then, turn right onto Waring Road, turn right onto West Pipkin Road, and turn right onto Airside Center Drive.
Drive south on Interstate 4, take Exit 41, merge onto FL-570 W/Polk Parkway toward Auburndale/Lakeland/Polk Parkway, a toll road. Take Exit 4 toward Waring Road/FL-572/Drane Field Road, and then merge onto North Parkway Frontage Road, which turns left and becomes Waring Road. Then, turn right onto West Pipkin Road, and right onto Airside Center Drive.
Motorists in the area should expect heavier than normal traffic and plan for delays.
Also, Old Medulla Road from Waring Road to Pipkin Road will be open for local traffic only.