Crossing International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach is one of the most dangerous things you can do in Central Florida. To fix this problem, the Florida Department of Transportation plans to spend $20 million of your tax money.
Traffic whizzes by on U.S. Highway 92 and it's a regular work day. But when a race like the Daytona 500 comes around, some 200,000 will show up for the big event. FDOT officials believe building two new bridges to cross this 8-lane highway makes sense, with or without the massive speedway.
"This area is heavily traveled already, and just the fact that this is a popular spot in Daytona Beach," said Jessica Keane, FDOT spokeswoman. "Volusia County ranks high among pedestrian-involved accidents. I believe its the top ten in the state, so its a heavily focused county for this."
There's already one pedestrian bridge across International Speedway and it has been effective, says FDOT.
"Those actually are great, not even just in that area. We put them in a couple of different spots, by Embry Riddle, and places like that," said Keane. "They keep traffic flowing more efficiently as well as getting pedestrian over and across the road safely."
Sidewalks will be widened and signs will be added as well, as the speedway expands with the Daytona Rising project.
"Any enhancements that help improve the safety and security of our guests, and enhances their experiences, as well as helps our residents in our community, it's a benefit for us," said Lenny Santiago with Daytona International Speedway. "We're excited to hear about the proposal and hope that it goes through."
FDOT already has $180,000 to design the new bridges and now just needs the legislature to approve their plan in the spring.