CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 WJZY) - The mother of an 11-year-old girl, killed in 2016 after being struck by a car while crossing West Boulevard, is hopeful for safety upgrades in the area.
“I think it’s going in the right direction,” said Mary Fryar, the mother of the child. “But it’s taking an awful long time.”
Fryar tells Fox 46 Charlotte that the city is taking steps to make the area safer for people walking and biking, following her daughter’s accident. Fryar just wishes the process was faster.
City transportation leaders are asking for the public’s patience as they work towards implementing solutions to safety concerns. They held a meeting Thursday night to inform people of solutions following a year of research.
“All the recommendations have to be coordinated with the state,” said Dan Gallagher with Charlotte Department of Transportation. “So hopefully we'll be able move forward as quickly as possible.”
The city is proposing lighting upgrades, sidewalk improvements, increased police patrols to crackdown on speeding, traffic light improvements and putting up pedestrian traffic lights. Before any of the work can get started, state transportation leaders will have to approve the city’s recommendations.
These upgrades are expected to be implemented along a 4-mile stretch of West Boulevard, between Camden Road and Billy Graham Parkway.
Gallagher said state leaders will take the recommendations up in the fall.
Minor upgrades would take a few months to implement, such as lighting and increased patrols. Major upgrades, like the pedestrian traffic lights, could take two years due to construction.
Near the spot where Ty’Asia Young died, a pedestrian traffic light is planned.
The city meeting about safety upgrades happened exactly one year of the little girl’s passing.