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Mill Road at Washington Street. Google Maps

A pedestrian safety measure received consent agenda approval at the Oswego Village Board Meeting without discussion or questions by board trustees.

While a car caused a pedestrian death on Mill Road this summer, the Oswego Village Board is looking at making the route safer, especially for school students.

At Monday’s meeting, the board approved a resolution authorizing staff to apply for a Illinois Safes Route to School grant, which allows speed feedback signs to be posted on Mill Road near Fox Chase Elementary School, where children pass through the intersection during the school year.

In July, 32-year-old Antonio J. Villarreal was killed as he was crossing Mill Road from Washington Street to Lynx Lane. Fox Chase Elementary School is just north of the intersection. The driver of the vehicle was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The village of Oswego is proposing to place a vehicle speed feedback sign, flashing beacons, refreshed signs, and pavement markings in this area along Mill Road.

Based upon the previous project on Woolley Road at Colchester Drive, Oswego village staff anticipates the total cost of the project will be near the minimum grant award of $25,000. The Federal share would be $20,000 with the Village responsible for $5,000 plus any cost overruns.

Currently, Fox Chase Elementary School is located within a 2-mile radius of the intersection of Mill Road with Lynx Lane /Washington Street. The north and south legs are under stop control. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour along Mill Road and is reduced to 20 mph on school days when children are present at the intersection. There are pedestrian crosswalks on the south, east, and north approaches. A school crossing guard is assigned to facilitate children crossing Mill Road on school days.

According to the village, the Safe Routes to School program has three main goals:

to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school.

to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and

to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity (within 2 miles) of primary and middle schools (grades K-8).