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ARDOT says busy intersection is safe following fatal accident

ARDOT says busy intersection is safe following fatal accident (KATV Photo)

After a recent fatal car accident involving a pedestrian on 6th and Broadway in downtown Little Rock, KATV is looking into the safety of the roadway.

On Monday, 47-year-old Maria Borja was fatally struck when a car traveling southbound and a car traveling westbound crashed and collided into where she was standing.

After the fatal accident, many expressed concern to KATV about the roadways safety.

In the last year, there have been 10 accidents at the downtown intersection, five of which a driver was cited for failing to stop at a red light.

Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Department of Transportation says despite accident reports and Monday’s fatal accident, he tells KATV the intersection is safe.

“In terms of pedestrian safety, that intersection has all of the necessary signage,” said Straessle.

The department, which oversees Broadway says if changes were to be made to the area, the city of Little Rock, a school or a church would have to first approach the department.

“We have traffic experts that go out and do pedestrian counts and traffic counts to determine if anything warrants something like that to be done,” said Straessle.

Broadway was resurfaced in 2017 in which new pavement markings were applied, another reason the department says the roadway is safe and up-to-date.

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