Discovery Middle School students could face dangerous walk around construction project



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Some Orange County students could have a dangerous walk when they head back next Monday.

Road construction on Lake Underhill Road between Waterford Chase Parkway and Woodbury Road was supposed to done before Discovery Middle School reopened.

It's not a road-widening project. Crews are digging two feet into the ground because the dirt isn't stable enough to hold the asphalt.

It's been like that since January. So far there's not going to be much improvement by the time school starts.

Students will have maneuver through orange barrels to cross the street.

Jeff Jacklin's 11-year-old daughter will be walking that way on Monday.

"There's equipment everywhere. There's workers everywhere. It should have been done. They had all summer to get this done," Jacklin said.

To get rid of a majority of the construction by the school, the county said crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day until Monday.

Construction workers will still be working down the street after that, adding to the traffic that's already heavy during the school year.

"I expect long lines for people at least farther east on Lake Underhill. It's probably going to be worse for them," resident Daniel Fennell said.

The county said it plans to be finished with 99 percent of the project by late September.