Drowning death spurs safety improvements on dangerous Chillicothe road

By Marshanna Hester

October 28, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. -- Visible changes are in place at the end of Walnut Street in Chillicothe.

A reflective strip has been painted across the road.

It will be the last of many warnings leading up to the end of the road, which dead ends into the Illinois River.

Monday night, the city council unanimously approved about $3,500 worth of safety improvements.

They include installing two stop signs, one with a flashing signal and reflective warning signs.

It's all an effort to prevent accidents, like the one that claimed the life of Julie Peters.

"A situation like this brought it to our attention and we think we've taken some steps that are going to provide even those who live here in our community, familiar with the boat ramp, just to kind of give them a little heightened sense of awareness," said Chillicothe Mayor Doug Crew.

Julie Peters sister, Stacy, says the family wanted additional lighting, but believes these changes will make a difference.

The stop signs are expected to be installed Tuesday.

The remaining improvements will be in place in the coming weeks.

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