City-County councilor wants to see safety improvements for pedestrians on far east side roads

INDIANAPOLIS — An 11-year-old boy was struck and killed riding his bike this past weekend on the far east side, and now City-County Council members are speaking out.

They want to see more done to improve the safety on east side roads.

“For the family, my deepest condolences. I send a prayer up,” says District 14 City-County Councilor La Keisha Jackson. “We can’t bring your child back, but we can put law into place to move forward to help other kids, so this doesn’t continue to happen.”

The incident occurred along north Post Road near Jamestown Apartments. Lawrence Police say the boy was riding his bike with his 15-year-old brother. The pair was on one bike while crossing the road when they were struck.

The nearest cross walk at that spot is three to four blocks away in each direction. The road actually splits two City-County Council districts. Jackson wants

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But the program has not been without controversy. Lawmakers have “borrowed” from the fund several times in recent lean years, much to the chagrin of county officials, and some say the program’s rules do not sufficiently take into account differences among counties.

In any event, CIRB is intended for large, high-priority improvements such as bridge replacements, not normal maintenance and operations.

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Texas County, in the Panhandle, has 2,400 miles of county roads. Neighboring Beaver County has more than 2,000.

Even relatively urbanized Tulsa County has more than 700 miles of county roads.

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