CLARENDON HILLS – Changes were officially made Dec. 5 to the intersection of Chicago and Middaugh avenues in Clarendon Hills to improve safety for pedestrians.
The new change to the intersection allows pedestrian pushing the “walk” button to halt all vehicular traffic in all directions while they cross. The village of Clarendon Hills and Community Consolidated School District 181 have been working in partnership to investigate changes to the stoplight and signage at several intersections along Chicago Avenue.
The intersection of Chicago and Middaugh consists of an east-west, two-lane road with two schools – Clarendon Hills Middle School and Notre Dame Parish School – located on the south side of Chicago Avenue between Oxford Avenue and Middaugh Road.
A study was conducted recently to see if changes needed to be made to the intersection after a 17-year-old driver hit a boy while turning left from southbound Middaugh to eastbound Chicago Avenue in September.
With the heavy foot traffic experienced at that intersection in the early hours, and with the rising of the sun, it makes conditions potentially dangerous for pedestrians and drivers alike.