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Carbondale Considers New Pedestrian Crossing

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CARBONDALE, Ill. - The City of Carbondale is looking to make the intersection of Reed Station Road and Route 13 safer for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Candace Lyon, a tattoo artist who works near the intersection says she's seen the danger first-hand.

"We have seen several accidents outside at that intersection on a pretty regular basis," Lyon said.

She's not the only person who works near the intersection who feels that way. James Crowden at Dogwood Fireplace and Lawn says cars often speed through the lights. 

"At the light you don't have any arrows, you know going this way, and everybody just tries to run that light," Crowden said. 

However that could all change if the Carbondale City Council approves a resolution to update traffic signals at the intersection, so they include pedestrian crossings. 

"It is definitely needed because there's a lot of people that do come from the hotels or the restaurants." Lyon said. 

The project would also include extending the multi-purpose path from University Mall to Reed Station Road, which Lyon said, could benefit students. 

"Being so far away from campus, there are a lot of students that don't have vehicles, and that have to use either walking or public transportation or bikes," Lyon said. 

The Carbondale City Council is expected to pass the resolution at tonight's meeting. Check back for updates.

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