Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:08 PM by Mike Manzoni -- email@example.com
Updated: Jan 25, 2013 10:43 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Nearly a month after an elderly woman was struck and killed while using a crosswalk on Ayers Street the city has unveiled plans for several safety upgrades.
"There really was no safe place to cross in this whole area," said Ron Kolb who is wheelchair-bound. "It's been like this for years."
But after Elva Gonzalez, 75, was hit by a car Jan. 9 on her way to a bingo hall, Kolb decided something had to change. He called in to a local radio talk show where Mayor Nelda Martinez was the guest and told her about the safety issues. He said she then alerted the city's traffic engineering department which devised some changes.
Four seconds has been added to the crosswalk signal, giving people additional time to safely cross. The city plans to add audible crossing signals and wheelchair-accessible ramps over the the next few months.
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