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Stepping up: Lexington wins national award for pedestrian improvements

A ceremony was held in October 2014 to mark the completion of a quarter-mile stretch of Clays Mill Road from Higbee Mill Road to Twain Ridge Drive. The road was widened from four lanes to six, and bike lanes and sidewalks were added.
A ceremony was held in October 2014 to mark the completion of a quarter-mile stretch of Clays Mill Road from Higbee Mill Road to Twain Ridge Drive. The road was widened from four lanes to six, and bike lanes and sidewalks were added. Herald-Leader File Photo

Lexington was one of 18 cities to be honored Friday by the U.S. Department of Transportation for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements.

Lexington won the “Challenge Award” for making improvements to sidewalks and focusing on improving pedestrian safety. Lexington has dedicated $1.5 million for crosswalk and Americans with Disability Act improvements. It has also pledged $750,000 for other sidewalk improvements. The city also recently unveiled a new data-driven system to rank roads for resurfacing.

The awards were given Friday in Washington, D.C., at the Safer People, Safer Streets Summit.

Beth Musgrave: 859-231-3205, @HLCityhall

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