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Clinic working to address safety concerns
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Recently, The Monroe Times has published reader comments about traffic and pedestrian safety concerns on 22nd Avenue, near the Monroe Clinic campus. I would like to take this opportunity to let the community know that we are pursuing several options to enhance the safety of our visitors and staff.

Monroe Clinic has already taken measures to ensure patient safety, including signage on campus to help people find their way, and increasing the availability of our valet parking service. This free service, which now accommodates more than 80 patients per day, allows visitors to drop off their vehicles at the main clinic entrance to be parked and retrieved by an attendant. We encourage visitors to take advantage of this increasingly popular option.

In addition, Monroe Clinic commissioned a traffic study for the intersection of 5th and 22nd avenue. We will be meeting with the City of Monroe to discuss alternatives to enhance safety, which may include options such as additional painted and signed pedestrian crosswalks or even stop signs.

In the meantime, we urge both drivers and pedestrians to exercise reasonable caution and follow basic traffic safety rules. We ask that drivers please watch out for pedestrians and adhere to the signs posted around Monroe Clinic's campus, which include "pedestrian crossing-25 mph" signs. Also, pedestrians should cross the street only at marked locations, as drivers may not notice someone attempting to cross in an unmarked area.

I thank the community for its support as we work to keep the Monroe Clinic campus safe for our visitors and employees, and for those just passing through.