Cross Walk Safety

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

Knoxville (WVLT) - Only two weeks after a halls teen was struck and killed crossing the street to go to a football game, local leaders are coming together to make sure it doesn't happen again. And they are doing so with a vision for all of Knox County.

Volunteer TV's Allison Hunt just has the story.

Engineers already have a system in mind to make the already safe crosswalk safer, and Bert Weaver's family says they know Bert would support it.

Signs still hang near Halls High School remembering 13-year-old Bert Weaver. After the terrible tragedy two weeks ago, community members say something needs to be done to keep this from happening again.

"I just think something has to be done, and I think some people are pretty determined to make it happen, just like Bert," mother Donna Weaver said.

Donna Weaver says she sees her son's determination in this effort to make the crosswalk safer.

"I just feel like it's Bert showing himself because that's just how he was, he took projects on all the time," Weaver said.

And this is one project she says Bert would have taken head on.

"Bert was kind of an engineer thinking person and always doing things with his hands, and he was always thinking of ways he could re-invent the wheel and re-invent things and make better things," Weaver said.

Now Knox County is working to make this crosswalk better. More signs will go up, stripes will be re-painted, and more caution lights will be flashing, but the big difference is schools will be able to turn them on when they need to.

"This will give them the ability to use them at home football games, band practice or anything they feel like they need to alert motorists with people crossing the road there," said Bruce Wuethrich from the Knox County Department of Engineering.

And it's not just Halls High School that will see changes. This is a project they want to take county-wide.

"Ultimately we're going to hit all the schools in Knox County. Hopefully we can," Wuethrich said.

A feat Donna says Bert would encourage the community to reach for.

"He would say don't give up, it may look impossible but there's something around the bend, and he wouldn't give up, so I'm not wanting to give up," Weaver said.

Additions to Halls will cost about seven thousand dollars, which can be covered in the current budget. Once there is a price tag is on, all Knox County School officials will decide how to pay for the rest.

Wuethrich says they will order the equipment for Halls next week, and they could have the system up and running in the next 30 days to 60 days.


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