History of the Crossing and Recent Improvements
There has been a pedestrian crossing at Central Road and Weller Lane for decades (Village aerial photos show a marked crossing in 1978), consisting of pavement markings and a standard pedestrian crossing sign. During this time, users had to cross six lanes of traffic: 2 east-bound traffic lanes, 2 west-bound traffic lanes, a striped center island, and a right turn lane into Melas Park. In response to multiple requests from residents and civic groups, the Village made improvements to the crossing in 2015.
The completed improvements include narrowing the pavement to four (4) lanes by shortening the right turn lane into Melas and shifting the crossing slightly east, construction of a new center pedestrian refuge island, installation of additional signage, and rectangular rapid flash beacons (RRFB). View photographs of the crossing before and after improvements: After Photo 1, After Photo2.
Grant Funding for the Crossing Improvements
These improvements were funded by a Safe Routes to School federal grant. The project and grant application were supported by the Mount Prospect Bike Club, the Northwest Municipal Conference, the Mount Prospect Park District, and Mount Prospect School District 57. The project received approvals from the Federal Highway Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The work was constructed as an IDOT contract. Click for additional details on the Safe Routes to School grant application process, including a project timeline and Federal approvals for the use of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB).
The Role of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Central Road is owned and maintained by IDOT; the constructed crosswalk improvements required IDOT approval. The Village is working closely with IDOT to explore additional safety enhancements, including potential future modifications to heighten the motoring public’s awareness of the crossing and how pedestrians and bicyclists should safely utilize it. Click for more information on recent correspondence with IDOT, and the status of these future improvements.
Traffic Collision June 9, 2016
The tragic accident which occurred on June 9, 2016, between a motorist and a bicyclist crossing Central Road has been thoroughly investigated by the Mount Prospect Police Department. Details on this investigation, as well as the crash report, are available to the public.
The Village continues education efforts on the use of this crossing through the use of video and other informational campaigns. Improvements to the crossing such as signage, potential signalization and overall design are ongoing with IDOT; click here for the latest information on the status of these improvements.
Contact us with questions or concerns related to the Central Rd / Weller Ln crossing.