The San Antonio City Council has approved upgrades to a roadway where a nine year old girl was struck and killed on her way to school.
The upgrades to the road include new school zone signs, overhead flashing beacons and pavement improvements in the crosswalks. Councilman Joe Krier requested the city look at improvements after a driver struck and killed Tatyana Babineaux on Braesview as she walked to school in January.
Krier met with the city's traffic department, where leaders said that existing infrastructure worked and did not contribute to the accident. But they identified ways to make the street safer for drivers and pedestrians.
Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales noted the problem of pedestrians being hit is all over the city.
"This has been a serious problem in my district," she told her council colleagues from the dais Thursday. "Since I've been here in eight months, we've had eight fatalities involving pedestrians and automobiles, and I know that the staff has been really proactive in helping us deal with that because many of them are TxDOT roads, so it's harder to implement some of these."
She would like tougher enforcement for drivers.
The cost of the current upgrades is over $22,000, which will in part come from the council's discretionary project fund.
The Braesview improvements will be completed in time for the start of school in the fall.