State-of-the-art crosswalk dedicated

Motion-sensitive device aids Fredericksburg Road senior citizens

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter,
Published On: Mar 08 2013 05:34:13 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 08 2013 05:37:46 PM CST
Safer Crosswalk

A state-of-the-art electronic crosswalk was dedicated on Friday in the 2800 block of Fredericksburg Road.

Traffic stop signals are activated when a large metal plate at the curb is accessed by pedestrians.

The electronic crosswalk, called “The Hawk," is located directly in front of the Primrose Senior Apartments.

“We’ve been trying to get this done for two or three years,” said Primrose resident Maggie Wright. “I don’t want to get hit by a car as I cross the street to go to the bank.”

Last June, Yolanda Najera was killed at the location when she was struck by an SUV while trying to cross Fredericksburg road in her motorized wheelchair.

District 7 Councilman Chris Medina, who joined residents for ribbon-cutting ceremonies marking the crosswalk’s activation, was instrumental in getting the crosswalk.

“When Public Works said, ‘Councilman, we have an opportunity to bring a first-of-its-kind crosswalk here,’ I said, ‘Let’s go,'" Medina told the residents.

Medina said the city is exploring the possibility of setting up similar crosswalks in other dangerous intersections of the city.