Construction Starts on Crosswalk Where Woman was Killed | Transportation
The City of Las Vegas started work on a new crosswalk on a dangerous stretch of Decatur Boulevard near Vegas Drive, where an elderly woman was hit and killed while crossing the street in January.
Ward 5 City Councilman Ricki Barlow was at the kick off of the construction of the crosswalk Thursday. The woman who was killed, 83-year-old Doris Stoehr, approached Barlow last summer about installing a crosswalk in the area.
"For her to be the true spokesperson and the one to pull me to the side and request this crosswalk, for her not to be standing her on the first day of construction, my heart is heavy," Barlow said.
The crosswalk is going in near the Las Vegas Manor Senior Living center, which is where Stoehr lived. Seniors at the complex had to walk out of their way to get to cross the street safely.
"I practically have to run to beat the cars to get across the street because they won't stop for you," one neighbor said.
The crosswalk will include more than just a painted area on the road. There will be flashing lights, a large median for wheelchairs and streetlights.
Construction is expected to be finished by the end of March.