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No sidewalk along busy road causes scary walk home from Spring Hill school

Posted at 7:14 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 02:32:16-04

SPRING HILL, Fla. — A dangerous walk home from school has parents in Spring Hill pleading for sidewalks to be put along a busy road.

Christine Couch walks her kids home from Deltona Elementary along Deltona Avenue every day.

"Terrified, that I’m going to get hit, or I can’t protect my children from getting hit, or another innocent child will get hit," said Couch.

But parents whose kids can’t ride the bus must either walk or wait in the incredibly long pickup line.

"It’s unsafe, you have to wait hours to pick up your kids, there's no sidewalks and no parking," said parent Grisell Dones.

Back in February, Hernando County commissioners approved a new sidewalk to be built along the east side of the road going south to Philatelic Dr. The county says construction on that project starts Monday and should take 150 days to complete.

But Christine and her daughters walk in the other direction on the West side of Deltona Avenue.

"People don’t pay attention. They’re not looking for adults walking or little children," said Couch.

On the second day of school, Christine and her girls already had a close call. 

"A car was pulling up behind us in the grass and almost ran us over," said Christine's first-grade daughter Alexa. 

The county says they are in the design phase of putting a sidewalk on the west side of Deltona going South toward Spring Hill but haven't said for sure when it will be completed. 

Parents are hoping there will be a push to have it done soon before someone gets seriously hurt.

"The children need a safe way to get to school," said Couch.