A Las Vegas woman who campaigned for safer streets did not live to see her dream come true, but her family and the city of Las Vegas are keeping her memory alive.
Doris Stoehr, who was 83, fought for months to get a crosswalk constructed outside of her home at the Las Vegas Manor senior apartment complex.
Sadly, Stoehr was struck by a car and died last month.
City crews on Thursday began construction on a crosswalk at the complex, located near Decatur Boulevard and Vegas Drive. The crosswalk will include flashing lights, new signs, wider sidewalks and a pedestrian island in the middle of the Decatur.
Balloons were released as Stoehr's family celebrated what she fought so hard to accomplish.
Stoehr, a Peace Corps veteran and former nurse, died on Jan. 10 while crossing Decatur near Vegas Drive. That section of Decatur is a four-lane road which lacked a crosswalk.
Joining Stoehr's family on Thursday was Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow, whom Stoehr approached last summer about making the boulevard safer.
"If anyone would have known that this incident would have taken place, we would have done everything we could to have avoided this situation. It was out of our control," Barlow said.
Barlow said the city followed normal procedure in implementing a project such as this. A traffic study was conducted, a crosswalk designed and funding obtained. The process typically takes several months to complete.
Doris Stoehr's son, Brian Stoehr, said his mother would have been pleased with the progress.
"I'm glad the city acted as quickly as they did, even though it wasn't quickly enough for my mom's sake," he said.
Barlow, who lost his mother in a traffic accident, said this project is part of the city's push to reduce pedestrian deaths.
"If in fact $95,000 would have saved Doris' life, I would have spent it in a hot second to save her. Unfortunately, it did not, so hopefully this $95,000 saves another life," he said.
The crosswalk will take a few weeks to complete and test. The money for the crosswalk is coming out of the city's general fund.
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