Projects aim to improve road safety, park access

2013-08-31T19:15:00Z Projects aim to improve road safety, park accessSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
August 31, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Projects intended to improve road safety and park access are planned for an east side subdivision.

Work approved for Schmidt Farms subdivision include installing three-way stop signs at two intersections and a marked pedestrian crossing and disability ramps at the entrance to a neighborhood park.

A three-way stop is planned at the intersection of 127th and Pennsylvania places, near the park entrance, where the pedestrian crossing sign and ramps also will be installed.

The improvements will improve residents' ability to exit and enter the park safely and will provide a traffic control device to slow traffic, city officials said.

The park is heavily used, they said. 

A second three-way stop is planned at 126th Avenue and Washington Street in the subdivision.

Signs reading Stop Ahead will be placed approaching the intersection.

Along Massachusetts Street, which runs north-south through the length of the subdivision, pavement markers saying Slow will be placed at 500-foot intervals.

A 20 mph speed limit on the street often is disregarded by drivers, city officials said.

The Slow signs will be tried to see how effective they are, Mayor David Uran said. If they work, the solution might be used as a model for other trouble spots in the city, Uran said.

The projects were the request of Schmidt Farms residents, through their Property Owners Association, Uran said.

Work is expected to get underway soon.

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