A few months later, another fatal crash occurred on that same troubled spot.
"There's been too many accidents there, deaths as well, and it's just terrible," said resident Claudetta Bruner.
Currently, north-south traffic on Highway 75 does not stop. The speed limit on the highway is 65 mph.
Several roadside memorials dot the intersection to pay tribute to victims of fatal crashes.
In 2011, the state department of transportation added flashing lights
in both directions and extra large stop signs on 116th Street North to
"We've put all of these in place, but for whatever reason, drivers - I
don't know if it's just trying to take a risk to get out on the
highway, or perhaps not realizing they need to use that caution when
they're entering the highway - but it is something we've had on the
radar and wanted to advance if possible," said ODOT spokesperson Kenna
ODOT wants to build an overpass that will look similar to the one at 111th Street South and US 75.
The 116th overpass will cross over the highway and have on and off ramps to 75.
"We really hope that it does make some improvements there for drivers," Mitchell said.
Vang petitioned to have this project pushed up. He said this news is bittersweet.
"It's been almost a year now. We all still very much care about her
and love her and miss her dearly," Vang said. "I do hope that with the
overpass being built, it does protect other families from having this
ODOT has put the $8 million project out for bids, which will go before the Transportation Commission next month.
If approved, construction will begin in about four months.
ODOT anticipates 116th will have to close at one point during the construction.
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