Sidewalks for Polk road where teen was killed needed - WFLA News Channel 8

Sidewalks needed for Polk road where teen was killed

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A makeshift memorial marks the spot where 17-year-old Enrique Hernandez died, after being hit by a van while walking to Tenoroc High School in Auburndale early Wednesday morning.

Polk County's Transportation Division is now looking at putting in sidewalks, on overtime.

Bill Skelton with the Polk County Transportation Division said, "We remain committed to putting sidewalks out there, it just may be an instance where we have to piece meal installation so it might takes place over several fiscal years, but there is a concerted effort to address the problem."

Polk County has nearly three thousand miles of road and only about three hundred of those miles have sidewalks.

County officials say installing a sidewalk on this stretch of road is not as simple as laying down concrete.

They say there are several variables that they have to take into account.

Skelton says, land would have to be purchased from homeowners, utility lines would have to be moved, and money found to fund the project.

"We have staff in the field today looking at it and reassessing what the possibilities are and what ways we can put the sidewalk in as quickly as possible certainly as quickly as our funding permits," added Skelton.

That's welcome news for people who say the stretch of Old Dixie Highway needs sidewalks for students and others.

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