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County making major safety updates near Riverview middle school, includes adding crosswalks

Posted at 4:26 PM, Mar 18, 2019

Officials with Hillsborough County plan to do some major safety updates near a local middle school while the school district is on spring break.

Parents at Rodgers Middle School started a fundraiser to put a crosswalk outside the school across McMullen Road, but they were told they could not hire a private company because there is not even a crosswalk.

ABC Action News first told you about the issues in February that showed students darting across McMullen Road to get to school.

The county decided to move forward with safety updates along McMullen and Tucker Roads that will include a crosswalk, painted lines in the street, flashing beacons and more signs.

Hillsborough County commissioners and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are conducting a study into how much it would cost to put crossing guards at all middle schools in the county, this would include Rodgers Middle School.

A local father who lives across from the school says he won't even let his daughter cross McMullen Road. Instead he drives her to school.

"They're just flying past, they don't care, all they care about is getting where they're getting to," said Doug Thomas.

He says if a crossing guard were outside the school he would let his daughter walk.