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New street signs aim to keep pedestrians safe near Blessing

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If you've ever driven down Broadway in Quincy, you've probably seen vehicles speeding by...

Now, city officials are trying slow motorists down at a popular stretch of the road near Blessing Hospital where pedestrians often cross.

Blessing Hospital recently teamed up with the city to install new crosswalk signs.

Many employees and visitors of Blessing Hospital cross the often busy section of Broadway to go to their cars or to some of the businesses on the southside of Broadway.

Jo Fuller works at Blessing Hospital and said it's always a challenge trying to cross Broadway to get to her car after work.

"It's mainly waiting for the cars to pass. It's not real bad in the mornings, but in the evenings, there seems to be more traffic," said Fuller.

Fuller said she knows this stretch of Broadway isn't a designated crosswalk, but said she actually feels safer walking straight across.

"I have concerns about crossing at the intersection because there are so many people turning the corner that it actually feels more dangerous," said Fuller.

Mayor John Spring said people like Fuller are the reason he decided to approach Blessing Hospital about finding a way to keep protect pedestrians.

"On any given day, this hospital might have 3,500 people on its campus, you're going to have to be extra cautious about safety," said Quincy Mayor John Spring.

Blessing officials agreed and purchased two LED-lit crosswalk signs, and placed them along Broadway near 9th and 11th streets.

Fuller hopes the new signs will catch the attention of motorists.

"It'll make them more aware and hopefully slow down and they'll pay more attention. Especially, in the winter time like this, when it is getting dark, when I'm leaving work. It is harder for me to be visible," said Fuller.

There wasn't any city money used to purchase the signs, but the city did install them and has agreed to maintain them.

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