NICHES seeks more road crossing safety measures at Clegg Memorial Garden

The garden is located on 400 East in Tippecanoe County. It's a curvy road and drivers often speed. That makes it a safety hazard for people crossing the street from the parking lot to the garden.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2018 5:57 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The workers at Clegg Memorial Garden are trying to get the county's attention for a safety issue. This is a battle they have been fighting for several years now.

The garden is located on 400 East in Tippecanoe County. It's a curvy road and drivers often speed.

That makes it a safety hazard for people crossing the street from the parking lot to the garden.

"We are just really hoping that someone sees that it is really a dangerous area before somebody gets hurt,” said Nyssa Lilovich, Communications Director for NICHES.

The organization personally bought “slow down” signs to put near the crossing area on Tuesday.

Lilovich said with the opening of their new Natural Playground, they have seen an increase in families with young children coming to Clegg. She also said they had a homeschool group that decided to stop coming to the garden specifically for safety reasons.

"We would like to have more safety measures put in crosswalks, something more signage just to warn vehicles that people are crossing especially kids and dogs,” said Lilovich.

They are hoping for pedestrian crossing lights that can be activated when there is someone trying to cross. Clegg is open from dawn until dusk, so they also want to look at more safety lighting around the parking lot to promote safety as it gets darker.

She said they have reached out to the highway department with little success. They have started a petition with the hopes that enough people will voice their concern to make a difference.

You can sign the petition at the NICHES headquarters, located at Clegg Memorial Gardens, 1782 N. 400 E., Lafayette.

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