Improvements coming to an area where a child died crossing the road

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 12/27/2013 10:47 pm Published: 12/27/2013 10:45 pm

FOX23 told you about the child who was killed at 63rd & Peoria after being struck by an oncoming vehicle with his mom.

His mom survived, but the 2-year-old child died.

FOX23 spoke with the City Traffic Manager to find out what improvements Tulsa is making to that stretch of road to make it safer for people to walk through.

Pedestrians and drivers should start noticing changes along this street.

We met with people who tread this road everyday and they tell us it's about time.

FOX23 spoke with residents of the area at 63rd & Peoria.

Willard Franks explained what makes this area so dangerous.

We asked if it was hard to get across the road, Franks replied, "yes its very very difficult."

Crossing the street. It's more of a challenge than you may think for pedestrians living in this corridor of town.

"Yes all the time because the traffic moves you know because it's 40 through here but people usually drive 50, Franks explained.

I met Willard franks on his walk to the bus stop.

"It's pretty unsafe, you've got a lot of truck traffic that goes up and down," Franks said.

At night time it gets pretty bad and the lighting is not real good."

The night of November 11th was especially bad.

FOX23 cameras were rolling after an automobile and pedestrian crash took the life of two-year old Marshall Corrie.

"They just fly past and they don't care, they don't care around in this area," said another resident.

That prompted the city of Tulsa's recent initiative for improvements.

We got in touch with Kurt Kraft, the city's traffic operations manager who says they're lowering the speed limit from forty to 35 miles per hour.

They're also adding crosswalk markings.

Franks told FOX23 on the way to the bus stop he watches extra carefully.

"You gotta watch what you're doing especially if its slick like it's been with the ice storm, you have to walk out there to be on dry pavement so it's pretty dangerous."

For now he and other walkers mourn with the Corrie family as they continue their journey on foot.

They city also has long term goals to study this entire corridor to see what other changes they need to make.

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