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.
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.