Tonight at 6: Danger for the Disabled

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-27 18:25:14-04

The Norfolk mayor's commission for people with disabilities has been fighting for three years to make one bus stop along Military Highway more accessible for those in wheelchairs.

The stop is supposed to serve the social security administration building, but the disabled people who depend on it can't seem to get there without risking life and limb.

If you have ever been to Janaf Center, you probably know what we are talking about. Wheelchairs are constantly driving on the side of busy Military Highway, because there is nowhere else for them to go.

These disabled Norfolk residents depend on the bus to get them to and from the social security administration building.

But the bus stop drops them off more than 1,200 feet away from their final destination.

They have to drive through the grass, motor through turning lanes, and then continue on in the roadway on Lake Herbert Drive that has no handicap accessible sidewalks.

We watched one woman almost get hit by a car.

We talked to Ms. Tantarrian Taylor. She tells us it’s horrifying trying to cross Military Highway and catch the bus to go home, but since her wheelchair is her only means of transportation, she has no choice.

She is one of several people petitioning HRT leaders at their monthly commission meeting tomorrow to try and get the bus stop closer to the building.

We'll have video of her horrifying journey through traffic coming up tonight at 6.