Crossing South Limestone near the University of Kentucky law school by foot has never been for the faint of heart.
The South Limestone and Prall Street intersection is a popular but dangerous pedestrian crossing. It’s about a block from where South Limestone converts from two-way to one-way.
Earlier this week, the university and the city of Lexington installed a new type of pedestrian crossing — a “pedestrian scramble” — that stops all vehicle traffic and allows pedestrians to cross from either side of the street at the same time. Sometimes called an “all-way crossing,” pedestrians will only be allowed to cross when a signal displays a walk signal and traffic has stopped. There are “no turns on red” signs at the intersection so cars can not turn while pedestrians are crossing.
“A pedestrian scramble was a logical fit for Prall Street, due to the high volume of pedestrians in this area,” said Lance Broeking, director of UK Transportation Services and chairman of a new committee looking at pedestrian improvements on campus.
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This type of crossing is the first of its kind in Lexington but is used in many other cities with high pedestrian traffic, said Dowell Hoskins-Squier, commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works for the city.