(KMOV) -- Close calls at a crosswalk in Belleville’s busy downtown have business owners banding together asking for changes before someone is hurt.
Residents and store owners say drivers often go too fast through the crosswalk in the middle of the 100 block of E Main, without paying attention to pedestrians.
“I was amazed at how many people do not stop for people standing in the crosswalk,” says George Blanquart Jewelers owner Chuck Blanquart.
Another concern about the crosswalk is the signage. Currently, there’s a small single white sign in each direction warning drives of the crosswalk ahead.
“It needs to be more prominent,” says Blanquart.
Several downtown Belleville store owners have signed a petition circulated by Alderwoman Lillian Schneider asking for the city to address the safety concerns.
“The city is sending this to the Traffic Committee to look at alternatives, to see if we can improve the safety of that crosswalk,” says Belleville City Engineer Tim Gregowicz.
The Traffic Committee meets Tuesday, Feb. 11 and any recommended changes to the crosswalk would need the approval of the Belleville City Council.