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Pedestrian Crossing Changes Come in the Wake of Roanoke Doctor's Death

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Pedestrian signals will be installed at the Weller Avenue and McClanahan Street locations by March. The new signals at the intersection at Reserve Avenue will come before the end of the year. These changes come after the death of Dr. Gerry Schertz in November of last year.

"This is a continuation. We have been working with Carilion for some time. Obviously, there were some concerns expressed after that incident and this is just a continuation of efforts we were already working on with Carilion," said Roanoke Transportation Division Manager, Mark Jamison.

Dr. Padma Mallidi worked with Dr. Schertz at Blue Ridge Cancer care and says physicians cross the street several times a day to check on patients.

"We do that everyday on an average 2 or 3 times a day. All of our in-patients are in the hospital building, Roanoke Memorial," explained Mallidi.

Carilion Clinic supports the changes.

"We appreciate the city's willingness to work with us to help make the streets around the Carilion campus safer for employees, patients and visitors. As the South Jefferson area of downtown Roanoke continues to grow, we will continue to work together to explore possible safety enhancements," said Curtis Mills, Senior Vice President for Facilities & Property Administration.

The City of Roanoke will be making safety-related changes to the intersection near Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where Dr. Gerry Schertz was killed on November 29th after being struck by a vehicle.

WSLS-10 has learned that the Roanoke Department of Public Works will install pedestrian signals and push buttons at three intersections along Jefferson street.  The work will take place where Jefferson intersects with McClanahan Street, Weller Avenue and Reserve Avenue.

The City and Carilion had been working together on safety issues in the area for more than a year, but began re-evaluating the need for upgraded crossings after Schertz, a long-time physician with Blue Ridge Cancer Care, was struck and killed while walking across the street. 

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