Highwood, Union Pacific install fence
Updated: September 25, 2012 6:43PM
HIGHWOOD — Highwood, in conjunction with the Union Pacific Railroad, is installing safety fencing on three sections near the Highwood train station.
The fencing will minimize non-commuter use of the pedestrian crossing at the Highwood Metra Station and is intended to eliminate casual use of the pedestrian crossing and divert pedestrians in the area to the public roadway crossings, Highwood officials said in a press release.
“This project is a great example of a public-private partnership working to enhance safety in a community,” said Adrian Guerrero, Union Pacific director of public affairs for Illinois.
One portion of the fence will run along Green Bay Road from Highwood Avenue to North Avenue, covering a length of approximately 403 feet.
Another portion will run alongside the east side of the passenger platform and will restrict pedestrian crossings from the Highwood Train Station lot to Green Bay Road. The final portion of the fence will run along Green Bay Road from Highwood Avenue to Highwood City Hall.
State Sen. Susan Garrett also became involved in this project as an intermediary.
“This fence ensures there is a barrier to prevent unnecessary accidents,” Garrett said. “This is not a construction fence, rather a permanent barrier that’s protective and aesthetically pleasing.”
“The safety of our citizens and visitors to Highwood is paramount,” Highwood Mayor Charlie Pecaro said in the press release. “With our weekly summer markets and seasonal events, Highwood is a main family destination in the North Shore.”
Pecaro added that the city is grateful to Union Pacific for its cooperation on the project.
For information, visit www.cityofhighwood.org or call City Hall at (847) 432-1924.