CMS approves Garinger High School crosswalk

by: Paige Hansen Updated:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Students will be able to use a new crosswalk in honor of a teenager who was hit and killed outside her school.
 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools approved construction at the busy intersection at Garinger High School.
 
Each day hundreds of students cross Eastway Drive outside Garinger High School without using a crosswalk.
 
Two years after her daughter was hit and killed there, Brittany Palmer's mother is thrilled about the change.
 
"I see the children, they just look one time, and just go and they think the world is supposed to stop until they cross the street. It's scary really," Katrina White said.

Palmer, a high school senior, was on her way to school and crossed six lanes of traffic in March 2012 when an SUV hit her.
 
The driver was not charged.
 
After Palmer's death, the city approved changes to add a crosswalk, pedestrian countdown signals, and improve sidewalks and roads. 

"I don't want another child to be hit, it hurts my heart when I hear it," White said.
 
The project is called Brittany's Crossing.

 Construction will start in June and be completed by next year. The overall budget is $1.1 million.
 
"I'm very grateful for what everybody's been doing," White said.

For a closer look at the project, click here.