Wednesday, September 28, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The Maywood Board of Trustees will likely approve a plan to implement enhanced pedestrian warning features at 28 school crossings, other pedestrian crossings and bike crossings across the village with the highest amount of pedestrian traffic.
At a Sept. 28 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move the plan to the next regular meeting on Oct. 4 for final approval.
Village officials said that, in addition to getting freshly painted pavement markers, many of the crosswalks will also get new signage indicating that motorists should be aware of, and should stop for, crossing pedestrians.
Maywood public works director John West said said that several crosswalks along 5th and 9th Avenues, including a crosswalk at 5th Ave. and Green St., where the Maywood Phoenix Homes facility is located, will get new signage.
West said the crossings at 5th Ave. and Lake St, and 5th Ave. and Washington weren’t listed to receive enhancements because those areas are well lit and already have a sufficient signal presence.
Mayor Edwenna Perkins, citing what she said was the prevalence of pedestrian signage on Madison St. in nearby Forest Park, requested that those 5th Ave. areas that were originally omitted be included in the plan.
The enhancements, which West said should be completed by the end of October if the board approves them, would come after a summer of unusually high traffic accidents that the village’s fire and police chiefs attributed to speed limit and traffic signal violators.
In an interview earlier this week, Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh said during the month of August, his department responded to an average of roughly one serious auto accident a day.
Brandon said that at a recent Maywood Alternative Policing Strategies (MAPS) meeting he attended, residents expressed concerns about speeding traffic on Maywood Drive. He said many students who attend Irving Middle School often walk the area going to, and coming from, school.
West said workers would install pedestrian upgrades such as painted stop bars and pavement markers in that area before the week is out.
“Community development precedes economic development,” said Brandon, “so in order for us to bring in economic development we must as a village work on how we appear to those who travel through our communities and to developers as well.” VFP
Below is a map showing possible locations that may receive enhanced pedestrian crossing warnings. This map is subject to revision by village officials.