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Village board OK's three pedestrian safety projects, and engages in public dialogue with Matt Cook

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August 17, 2009

The La Grange village board last Monday night moved forward on three projects designed to enhance pedestrian safety along 47th St and other village thoroughfares, approving three engineering services agreements with the village's traffic consultant, Kenig, Lindgren, O'Hara, Aboona, Inc. (KLOA) of Rosemont.

The projects to be handled by KLOA include:
* Designing improvements for pedestrian crosswalks at 47 th St at 9th Ave, 47th St at Waiola Ave and La Grange Rd at 52nd St. KLOA also will secure the necessary approvals for the crosswalks from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
* Assessing current speed conditions along 47th St and conducting an "origin-destination study" to better understand the travel patterns of motorists using the thoroughfare.
* Studying the feasibility of installing traffic signals at the intersection of 47th St & East Ave.

All three projects are part of an effort by village officials to respond to a public outcry for pedestrian safety improvements following an accident May 19 in which Cary Cook, a young mother and Countryside resident, was struck and killed by a motorist while crossing 47 the St at 8th Ave with her two small children.

In recent weeks, the village also has realigned the curb cuts at 6th, 7th and 8th Aves to account for the offsets that exist as those north-south roadways cross 47th St.

Click here to read the staff reports on all three projects.

Matt Cook, husband of Cari, used the public comment portion of Monday night's meeting to address other safety concerns regarding 47th and village thoroughfares, including police enforcement of speed limits.

Cook also asked about a suggestion made by Village Trustee Mike Horvath to create a village commission on pedestrian safety. Cook, along with family members and friends, have formed their own ad-hoc committee to address the matter.

The lengthy dialogue between Cook and village officials can be viewed in the two-part video below.


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