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TARRANT COUNTY (CBS 11 NEWS) – You’d like to envision Fort Worth students hopscotching their way to school, but some children are playing a balancing game that their parents wish they weren’t.
The ‘ducking and dodging’ around road construction is happening near Daggett Middle School.
“I almost tripped on that giant wire thing they had over there,” student Hunter Henson said when he arrived to pick up his sister “Someone could get really hurt.”
Students basically have to navigate through an obstacle course.
There’s heavy traffic, no sidewalks, exposed rebar and construction equipment with no easy way to get around it.
The project originally began with water and sewer improvements, which were wrapped up a year ago. The current construction is due to street improvements, which are a part of the same bond program.
Mother-to-be Victoria De La Cruz says she’s had one too many close calls. “I almost actually fell,” she said. “I just want them to be done with it to be honest.”
The roadwork was supposed to be complete by the time school started in August. When that didn’t happen, CBS 11’s Arezow Doost was told construction would wrap up in October.
Now the city admits the contractor is behind and the project could be complete sometime in December.
Area resident Don Hirsch said, “The timing was poor because there’s a lot of traffic. It’s been really hard for school buses to get around the corner.”
Hirsch now even has a port-a-potty for crews in his front yard. He welcomes the road improvement, but worries about the students.
Councilwoman Ann Zadeh, who represents the area, is out of town, but tells CBS 11 she was not aware the project was not complete.
Zadeh said she’s looking into the delays and trying to figure out if anything can be done to make the road safer while under construction.
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