Changes coming soon to busy stretch of road

Update: 4:45 pm, 11/20/17, Monday 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- The city is taking steps to improve pedestrian safety at one intersection, after two people were hit and killed earlier this year.

The fatal accidents have happened near Bradley and Willis.

The city is installing pedestrian crossing signs this week. The change was approved two weeks ago.

Flashing yellow lights will also be installed before the end of the year. 

Original: 10:00 pm, 11/12/17, Sunday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- After two people were hit and killed by cars, some are urging the city to make this street safer.

Staff say changes are planned for a stretch of road which becoming infamous. Public works staff has been looking at Bradley Avenue, between Prospect and McKinley.

This is an emotional issue for some. They say it's gotten much worse in the past few years.

"There's heavy traffic."

Night or day, it can be pretty busy on Bradley Avenue.

"It's convenient to all of us around here."

But to get to those conveniently-located businesses, people have to cross the street and there's always a chance it can end in tragedy.

It's why Roger Gooch says he doesn't cross until he can't see any cars on the horizon.

"The speed limit is supposed to be like 35, they're going more than 45."

Two people have been hit by vehicles near this intersection in the last year.

"A man with a cane trying to cross and gets smacked, and he was dragged down the street."

Last December, Gooch got some devastating news.

"My mother-in-law was in a walker, she went to the chicken place, and then she tried to cross."

That's when 76-year old Marjorie Roberts was hit by a truck. She died from her injuries.

"It's devastating. I mean it's devastating. We miss our mother-in-law."

It's why they're begging the city to step up and make the street safer.

"That's all we ask for."

City leaders are listening.

"We are going to be making some immediate changes in hopes of increasing pedestrian safety and driver awareness leading up to possibly long-term changes."

Changes which could stop another pedestrian crash happening here again.

"Right now, we're afraid that maybe a kid's going to get hit over there, and that's our biggest concern."

They'll be putting up pedestrian signs with flashing yellow lights the week of Thanksgiving. They're also looking at putting up better lighting so it's not quite as dark out.

The Champaign City Council is hosting a study session about this on January 23. That's when they'll be taking public comments and suggestions on how to improve the area.


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