It was more than five years ago that a young woman's death sparked change in the Spokane community. Now, that change is keeping drivers safer. It comes in the form of a new overpass for the Cheney Spokane Road on US 195.
Lorissa Green was driving northbound on 195 and took a left toward the Cheney Spokane Road, when she was hit and killed in January 2009. She was 16.
Her memory now lives in an overpass over 195 that makes it safer for drivers to cross the busy highway.
"I know that there will be no more accidents here. I know that people will be safe," said Lorissa's mother Debi Hammel.
Lorissa's mother Debi Hammel spent countless hours writing lawmakers hoping that change would be made. Five years later that change is nearly complete.
"That's a big job," Hammel said pointing at the overpass. "To see it finally come to an end and be closed was really nice."
"It makes me feel safer because I don't have to go through the same thing. I don't have to go through that intersection every day," Lorissa's brother Shane Hammel said.