Many busy Lexington streets will see a speed limit reduction for pedestrian safety

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If you’ve been known to have a lead foot, you might want to watch out. Drivers in Lexington will soon see several city roads transition from having a 35 mph speed to a 25 mph limit.

Tuesday night the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council finalized the decision to make the switch. The council had identified many of the city’s busiest streets that could benefit from a lower speed limit in an attempt to make them safer for pedestrians.

Portions of Tates Creek Road, West High Street, South Limestone and South Upper are among the streets affected. All of these streets see substantial foot and bicycle traffic.

With 14 pedestrian deaths so far this year, the goal is to make these heavily populated streets safer.

"It's part of a kind of nationwide efforts to lower the speeds in downtown core areas in residential collector-type streets to improve safety. We're encouraging multi-modal type trips, so a lot more biking and walking than we have in the past. In order to do this, we have to slow everybody down,” said Lexington Director of Traffic and Engineering Jeff Neal.

New signs could be posted by the end of December.

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