Orange City – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), along with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and local partners, has 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. The school zone will cover about 700 feet on US 17-92, and will extend to the south and north of the Rhode Island Avenue intersection. The school zone will include reduced speeds during school hours—20 miles per hour—and will have flashing beacons and special signage indicating a school zone is present. Roughly $19,000 was budgeted for this project.
The purpose of the school zone is threefold:
• To 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
• To create an environment and location where motorists will expect and be prepared to see students each school day
• To discourage crossing in areas that are not safe, such as mid-block crossings.
The school zone project is a combined effort on the part 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.