Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Transportation, has completed safety improvements to two roadways outside the Cook County Jail, where Corrections officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in July.
The improvements along the crosswalks at 2900 S. California Avenue and 2900 S. California Boulevard will make it safer for corrections officers to cross the streets leading to the jail facility. A new sidewalk was built through the grass boulevard between California Avenue and California Boulevard. In addition, raised concrete pedestrian islands were installed on the two streets, along with high-visibility pavement markings, new pedestrian crossing signs and speed limit signs. A painted median was installed along California Avenue between 27th Street and 31st Street to better define the travel lane and encourage reduced travel speeds. Some on-street parking near the crosswalks has been eliminated to improve the sight lines of drivers. ADA compliant sidewalk ramps for wheelchairs were also installed.
“After losing an officer, our paramount goal was to do everything possible to prevent another tragedy,” President Preckwinkle said. “The Sheriff’s office reached out to the County to implement safety changes. Because these are city streets, we worked together with the Chicago Department of Transportation to make this dangerous stretch of roadway safer for officers and employees.”
Cook County is funding the entire $115,000 cost of project. The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved $95,314 in reimbursement costs to the City of Chicago for design engineering services and the cost of construction.