Approve necessary stoplight at Lerna Road-Old State Road intersection in Mattoon, IL
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Notorious for increasing car accidents and near-misses, and now as of late, a fatality of a beloved young girl, and her injured passenger, the intersection of Lerna Road and Old State Road, in Mattoon-Lafayette Township, Coles County, Illinois, should be assessed for the addition and permanent implementation of a traffic light. Due to additions of new subdivisions in both the Charleston and Mattoon side of this intersection, within the past 15-20 years or more recently, as well as the additions on to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center- the traffic has steadily increased from both areas. At times not only does the traffic back up, but the speed of vehicles from the north and south on Lerna Road is, more often than not, well over the posted limit. There is a stop sign on both the East-West sides, however, this is not enough. This is a corner of a small residential area; more than 5 homes are within a mile of this intersection. Having a light would also benefit these homeowners and their safety as well. A vibrant, young, lovely life was taken far too soon, and a stoplight may have helped prevent her death. The community mourns this loss along with her family, and as a parent to four daughters, it is heartbreaking. She was a mentor to my daughter in cheer, and a friend of my eldest daughter. My youngest two recall her coming to their elementary school and visiting when she could. So many lives are impacted from this, not only directly; but indirectly. We ask for necessary and responsible action taken by the City Council of Mattoon-Lafayette Township and Coles County, and whatever other integral parties, for a new review of this intersection. Per the DOT criteria to meet the installation, this intersection DOES meet more than one of the eight criteria. Our goal is for the DOT to recognize this and install a four-way stoplight at this intersection, before the end of 2017.
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