City project helps keep kids dry when walking to school

Students no longer have to brave flood waters

TAMPA - The City of Tampa Public Works Department is repairing a local roadway, so students at Roland Park Magnet School do not have to walk to and from school through flood waters when it rains.

Officials say the heavy rainfall floods the side of the road, making the trek difficult for kids.

Crews will put in an underground pipe, channeling the water on North Manhattan Avenue by West Main Street, to a drainage ditch. They'll also lay down about 200 feet of new sidewalk.

Irvin Lee is the City of Tampa's Public Works Director and oversees the project. Lee said, "Instead of the water ponding on the side of the street and then flowing into the drainage swell and having the kids walk through it, we're going to have the kids walk over it.  Going to school with wet socks is not a fun thing to do."

Delores Isaac's kids, Dontaye and Dasha, are going into the 4th grade and walk to the school every day.  "We've been complaining about kids having to cross out there," said Isaac.  "No sidewalks, but no one ever took the initiative to do anything about it. They're almost in a ditch. Their shoes are soaking wet. They're drained. Their shoes are more wetter than their whole body. They're just basically destroyed."

Dontaye Reynolds said, "I feel kind of soggy."

The project, which started last month, is a welcome sign for parents, who have been concerned about the issue for several years. Isaac said, "That is fantastic. You know your kids are going to be safer and they're going to be out the road."

The kids go back to school in about a month. This project is scheduled to be finished just before they are back in the classroom.

The total cost of the project is $100,000. The City of Tampa Public Works Department is repairing a local roadway, so students at Roland Park Magnet School do not have to walk to and from school through flood waters when it rains.

Officials say the heavy rainfall floods the side of the road, making the trek difficult for kids.

Crews will put in an underground pipe, channeling the water on North Manhattan Avenue by West Main Street, to a drainage ditch. They'll also lay down about 200 feet of new sidewalk.

Irvin Lee is the City of Tampa's Public Works Director and oversees the project. Lee said, "Instead of the water ponding on the side of the street and then flowing into the drainage swell and having the kids walk through it, we're going to have the kids walk over it.  Going to school with wet socks is not a fun thing to do."

Delores Isaac's kids, Dontaye and Dasha, are going into the 4th grade and walk to the school every day.  "We've been complaining about kids having to cross out there," said Isaac.  "No sidewalks, but no one ever took the initiative to do anything about it. They're almost in a ditch. Their shoes are soaking wet. They're drained. Their shoes are more wetter than their whole body. They're just basically destroyed."

Dontaye Reynolds said, "I feel kind of soggy."

The project, which started last month, is a welcome sign for parents, who have been concerned about the issue for several years. Isaac said, "That is fantastic. You know your kids are going to be safer and they're going to be out the road."

The kids go back to school in about a month. This project is scheduled to be finished just before they are back in the classroom.

The total cost of the project is $100,000.

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