The manager of the Oak Grove mobile home park on Douglas Road in Montgomery urged the village board Monday, Aug. 27, to take action to improve pedestrian safety near the park.
Amy Johnson told the board that two residents of the park have been struck by vehicles attempting to cross Douglas Road near the park, which is situated near the northeast corner of Douglas Road and Montgomery Road.
Johnson noted that the most recent accident occurred Aug. 2 and resulted in the death of the pedestrian.
“Two [crashes] is bad enough and I sure as heck don’t want to see any more,” she said.
Johnson said traffic is heavy on Douglas Road and there is little room on the east side of the road next to the mobile home park for pedestrians to walk.
Johnson said she understands the installation of a sidewalk along the east side of Douglas Road adjoining the park is not “something that will happen overnight” but asked the board to consider making some improvements.
Village President Matt Brolley said a number of pedestrians apparently jaywalk across Douglas Road, rather than use the crosswalks at the intersections of Montgomery Road or Sherman Avenue on Douglas Road.
Brolley said village officials will consider adding a sidewalk along the east side of Douglas Road that would provide pedestrians with easier access to crosswalks at Montgomery Road and Sherman Avenue.
Village Administrator Jeff Zoephel said the village could add the Douglas Road sidewalk to the village’s sidewalk gap plan.