A village board workshop to discuss several possible actions to improve pedestrian and traffic safety along the 47th St corridor has been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 25, La Grange President Elizabeth Asperger said Monday night.
The actions to be discussed include reconfiguring 47th St from a four-lane thoroughfare to three lanes, an idea explored in a feasibility study prepared by KLOA Inc., a traffic and transport planning and enginnering firm based in Rosemont.
The board also will evaluate the current operation of a pedestrian-activated signal crossing near the intersection of 47th St and 9th Ave, and discuss whether or not to install a similar crossing at Waiola Ave and 47th St, Asperger said.
Signalizing the intersection of East Ave and 47th St also will be explored, she said.
KLOA was hired by the village in May 2010 to study the feasibility of converting 47th St to three lanes.
Also at that time, the firm was asked to conduct an "origin and destination" study in which vehicle license plate information was captured at major intersections along 47th St, and then matched with plate information obtained from vehicles at La Grange Memorial Hospital, the Lyons Township High School main and south campuses, and the two Metra commuter train stations in the village.
The results of that study also will be discusssed by the village board at the Jan. 25 workshop.
The workshop will follow a normal business meeting of the board, which has been moved from its originally scheduled date of Jan. 24. The change was made to accommodate the availability of KLOA's representatives, Asperger said.
The village's efforts to improve pedestrian safety along 47th St were accelerated by a public outcry following an accident on May 19, 2009, in which a young Countryside mother, Cari Lyn Cook, was struck and killed by an SUV while crossing the road at 8th Ave with her two small children.