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The Village of La Grange is pleased to announce that the enhanced pedestrian crossing on 47th Street at 9th Avenue is operational. The enhancements to this crossing are part of the Village's strategy of evaluating and improving pedestrian safety throughout the Village. The improvements to this crossing include the posting of additional advanced warning signage, installing advanced warning pavement markings and installing pedestrian activated post mounted beacons and in-pavement flashers to alert motorists of pedestrian activity at this location.

When crossing at the newly installed pedestrian crosswalk at 47th Street and 9th Avenue, please adhere to the following recommendations:

1. Push the activation button located on the sign post to initiate the pedestrian signal.
2. Once pushed the lights will flash for 30 seconds.
3. Wait for vehicles to stop before starting to cross.
4. Cross carefully. Walk smartly.

While these improvements are intended to increase the safety of pedestrians crossing the roadway, pedestrians should be aware that good judgment when crossing a roadway is very important. Even though Illinois law requires vehicles to yield to pedestrians within a crosswalk, pedestrians should still be on the defensive since there remains a chance that motorists may not see the pedestrian crossing.

If you have any questions or comments concerning pedestrian safety please contact Ryan Gillingham, Director of Public Works at (708) 579-2328 or Mike Holub, Police Chief at (708) 579-2333.


Village revamps intersection code

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An updated ordinance designed to keep a clear view of intersections may require some property owners take a closer look at their own properties.

A heightened awareness of pedestrian safety prompted the La Grange Village Board Oct. 26 to update the villages code regulating the sight distance at intersections.

The purpose of the code, last updated in 1996,  is to ensure motorists have an unobstructed view of other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians at intersections.

Village Manager Robert Pilipiszyn said a review of the code determined that it was inconsistent with the guidelines established by the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials, a nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The primary difference between the village’s code and the association’s guidelines is the association assumes motorists will look in both directions when stopped at a stop sign before proceeding through an intersection. Village code does not factor the presence of a stop sign into the clear sight area calculation, yet assumes all vehicles from all directions must have the same intersection sight distance.


Flashing crosswalks part of La Grange pedestrian safety plan

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Pedestrian safety improvements in La Grange continue with enhancements planned at three intersections, two of which are on 47th Street.

Additional warning signage and dual flashing pedestrian-activated yellow beacons will be installed at the intersection of 47th Street at Ninth Avenue and at La Grange Road.

Crossings at 52nd Street and La Grange Road and 47th Street and Waiola Avenue are also being considered for similar enhancements.

Also being added are advanced warning pavement markings, which are imbedded in the pavement on each side of the crossing and are illuminated when the bollard style pedestrian beacons are activated.

The Village Board approved a contract with Meade Electric Oct. 26 for the improvements at a cost not to exceed $28,060. Funding is provided through the village’s capital budget.

Assistant Village Manager Andrianna Peterson said the pavement markings will only be illuminated when triggered by a pedestrian.


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