LEANDER, Texas -- A year-and-a-half after she was hit by a car when she tried to cross Bagdad Road, 13-year-old Naarah McKinney is still healing.
She has undergone multiple surgeries and months of therapy after she was critically injured in a crash in March 2012.
"It's very hard for kids to get across, and I don't want them to go through what I went through and what I'm still going through," said McKinney.
Her mother, Teborah, has pushed for a crosswalk ever since her daughter was first injured, and now it's in the final stages.
"I feel I got something accomplished, not only for my daughter, but also for the community," said Teborah McKinney.
Days ago crews installed a pedestrian traffic signal on Bagdad Road. It will be operational in three weeks once the sidewalks are finished and the road is striped. When people need to cross, they push a button and a flashing red light will alert drivers to stop.
"It's pedestrian activated; otherwise it's dark," said City of Leander Engineer Wayne Watts.
The City of Leander and the Leander Independent School District are splitting the cost of the $88,000 project.