Rainbow crosswalks claimed as hazard will remain for now

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Posted: Dec 01, 2017 7:36 AM
Rainbow crosswalks claimed as hazard will remain for now

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky city will keep its rainbow-colored crosswalks while it investigates why federal government officials say the gesture honoring the LGBTQ community is a safety hazard.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Environmental Quality and Public Works Commissioner Dowell Hoskins-Squire told the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council on Tuesday that the crosswalks at a prominent downtown intersection will remain as the city conducts more research, as other cities with similar crosswalks have not received such requests for removal.

A Federal Highway Administration official sent a Nov. 13 letter to Mayor Jim Gray asking the city to remove the crosswalks, calling them distracting.

Hoskins-Squire says she has yet to send an official response to the letter. She also said there hasn't been an uptick in accidents since the crosswalks were installed in June.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com