Congressman John Mica (R-Winter Park) announced today that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), along with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office and local partners, have developed a new school zone in Orange City to improve safety and walking habits for students.
The new school zone is being put in place on US Highway 17-92 at Rhode Island Avenue and will create a centralized, safe crossing point on the south side of Orange City for students who attend an elementary school, a middle school and a high school, all located on the west side of US 17-92.
These improvements come after a meeting called by Congressman Mica of state and local officials to after 19 children were struck by cars in the last seven months. "It is an imperative that we do everything possible to ensure the safety of our children," said Rep. Mica. "Everyone came together to address these dangerous crossings, and we will continue to work together to improve pedestrian safety, especially around our schools."
The school zone project is a combined effort on the part of Congressman Mica, FDOT, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the Volusia County School District, legislative partners and local government officials.
The school zone, along with other improvements near the schools, will be ready when students begin the fall session.