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Enhanced 47th Street crossing completed

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By Staff reports
La Grange Suburban Life
Posted Dec 15, 2009 @ 12:28 PM
La Grange, IL — The enhanced pedestrian crossing on 47th Street at Ninth Avenue is up and running.

Improvements to the crossing include additional advanced warning signage, advanced warning pavement markings and pedestrian-activated post mounted beacons, as well as in-pavement flashers to alert motorists of pedestrian activity.

The pedestrian signal is activated by pushing a button on the sign post. Once pushed the lights will flash for 30 seconds, alerting motorists to stop.

The enhancements to this crossing are part of a village-wide strategy to evaluate and improve pedestrian safety throughout the village.

In June, public works crews began realigning sidewalks by making new curb cuts at Sixth, Seventh and Eighth avenues to provide more direct access across 47th Street.

The streets were not aligned at the intersections with 47th Street. It was at Eighth Avenue that Countryside mother Cari Cook was struck and killed while crossing 47th Street on May 19. Cook was standing in the curb lane of 47th Street attempting to lift her daughter’s stroller over the south curb when she was struck. A curb cut is located about 20 feet west of where the accident occurred.

Her 2-year-old daughter escaped injury, but a 4-month-old son she was carrying on her chest suffered a fractured leg.

The driver who accidentally killed Cari Cook, Mary McPhillips, 45, of Chicago pled guilty for failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian and improper lane usage in Cook County Circuit Court in Bridgeview Aug. 3. She paid traffic fines for the offense.

.... A well-marked pedestrian crossing at 47th Street and Ninth Avenue in La Grange has been activated. Despite the flashing yellow light, cars still don't stop for pedestrians, according to resident Konnie Murray. Murray and her dog, Scooter, make a run ofr it across 47th Dec. 14 after multiple cars ignored them in the crosswalk. She said that she once counted 107 cars before she could cross.

Cari Lyn Cook (Stevens)

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