3-mile detour needed to get around Partin Settlement Road in Osceola

Construction expected to last 6 weeks

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager, Sachelle Saunders - Reporter

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Drainage work begins Monday on Partin Settlement Road and U.S. 192, forcing a six-week road closure and concerns about speeding drivers.

Partin Settlement Road is closed for widening and pipe repairs at U.S. 192 near the tax collector's office.

The shutdown detours drivers along Simmons Road, a mostly rural street with a few homes and livestock. Residents are concerned about the traffic, especially speeding drivers. The speed limit in the area is 30 mph.

"There's a lot of very impatient people that will pass you. I get tailgated coming into my driveway," Jenny Morrison said.

Morrison saidpeople easily double the speed limit, and she's had four crashes into her fence, one where the driver and passenger had to be airlifted to the hospital.

She wants more officer patrols along the road, or at least a speedometer. The Florida Department of Transportation did not release plans to add any signage beyond detour routes. Morrison hopes attention put on the issue will alert drivers.

"If it was us and it was your neighborhood, and you had kids and pets, you would be concerned too and I just hope that they're respectful."

Drainage work is expected to be finished in late July.

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