Charlotte community hopes for change at dangerous bus stop

Charlotte community hopes for change at dangerous bus stop

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 6:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some senior citizens in one southwest Charlotte community are worried that lack of a street light makes it dangerous for them as they try to cross the street.

The residents who live at the Steele Creek Senior Apartment Complex say the only bus stop sits across the street and forces them to cross two lanes of traffic on the very busy Steele Creek road.
 
Last year, Melvin Givens, 51, died when a car struck him as he was walking from the bus stop with his elderly mother.

His mother was unharmed. Freddy Calwell has lived at the apartment complex since it opened. While he can still get around pretty good, he said that each time he tries to cross the street he is taking a chance.

"You got to take a chance you got to look all these different directions just to get across the street." said Caldwell.

"I remember that guy (who) got killed last year crossing the street with his mother." he said.
 
Just in the last month, North Carolina Department of Transportation installed a pedestrian island which they are monitoring.
 
"For right now the pedestrian isle is the first step. We need to review that and monitor that see how that works," said Charlotte Department of Transportation spokesperson Linda Durrett.

"I would say at least until the end of the year, CDOT wants to be able to monitor the improvement that has been made," she said.
 
Neighbors like 74-year-old Luvinia Yarbrough said that anything short of a traffic light and crosswalk is not acceptable. 
 
"I can't run anymore. It’s really dangerous. I hope something gets done about it."

 

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