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Construction on Orange Avenue is in full swing. The $28 million project has been in the works for more than 10 years.

County officials hope the multi-million dollar expansion will result in better traffic flow, but in the meantime it could cause traffic tie-ups for area schools.

Four schools will be impacted by the construction, but the district is working on contingency plans in hopes of staying ahead of the curve. Bond, Wesson, Fairview Middle and Rickards High Schools will all feel the pinch of progress.

Superintendent Bill Montford says, "Going to make minor adjustments because of bus pickup and drop-off times, take longer to get to particular site."

While the district can redirect bus routes, parents will have to also modify routines and practice patience in the fall.

Montford adds, "Parents need to make arrangements now, encourage them to go ahead and make plans now and travel safe path."

The district will also keep in close contact with local authorities and assign the appropriate number of crossing guards for students who walk to school.

The Orange Avenue construction project is expected to continue until July of 2007. Funding comes from the one-cent local option sales tax approved by Leon County voters in 1989.