Sidewalk Improvements Ease Way for Deerfield Park Students
Students at Deerfield Park Elementary school might have an easier walk to school this year.
On Aug. 7, crews were stroking soft cement into smoothness, sculpting new sidewalks so they would set in time for school. Begun July 16, the $135,000 improvements are expected to wrap up by September 22, according to Bernard Buxton-Tetteh, division operations manager for Deerfield Beach’s department of environmental services. But there is every sign that the project, now 75 percent complete, will be done in time for school.
By September 22, students walking past city hall and Pioneer Park no longer will have to step onto the grass or into the street. Instead, sidewalks on the north and the south side of Northeast Second Street will provide safe and easy passage – for everyone.
Where there are no handicapped accessible walkways now, new ramps will grace all four corners leading to the north side of the school.
“Broward County schools made a request to the Metropolitan Planning organization to have the sidewalk completed, primarily because of the presence of the school,” said Buxton-Tetteh. “They wanted to put sidewalks on both sides, as part of the transportation enhancement (and) the existing sidewalk on the south side of Northeast Second Street is being upgraded.”
The transportation enhancement program that falls under the auspices of Florida Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Planning organization. And the sidewalk is just the start of it.
Speed limit and school zone designations are slated for a touch up, with traffic signs are slated to be replaced, with an electrically-powered school zone sign upgraded to one run by solar power.
And it’s completely paid for. “Broward County applied for [the grant] and because the project happens to be in Deerfield,” Buxton-Tetteh said, “they asked us to manage the project.”