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Lt. Gov. Coleman touts state investment in safety for Liberty

With Liberty Elementary as a backdrop, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman delivered a ceremonial check for $40,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to improve traffic and pedestrian safety on roadways by two school campuses – the FCPS school facing Liberty Road and Lexington Universal Academy on Nicholasville Road. “As a teacher and as a school parent, the safety of our Kentucky schoolchildren is never out of my thoughts,” Coleman said, mentioning overhead overhead flashers, a 45 mph speed limit, and a review of current school zone devices for potential enhancements. “This ceremonial check represents more than new equipment. It represents a high priority of Gov. Beshear and all of us on Team Kentucky – making streets and roads safer around our schools.”

In April, Gov. Andy Beshear announced plans to invest $23 million to improve highway safety near schools to protect students, educators, and families. KYTC is using state funding allocated in the 2020 Highway Plan to complete 70 school safety improvement projects in 44 counties, including Fayette.

Liberty is the largest elementary in Fayette County Public Schools with more than 700 students, and it sits on one of the busiest routes in Lexington. The planned road-widening project will result in a section of Liberty Road having five lanes – four through-lanes and a center turn lane – with a sidewalk on one side of the road and a shared use path on the other. The road currently is two lanes without sidewalks in the planned project area.

“Today we take one step forward in making our communities a little bit safer place for our children,” Coleman said during the July 7 news conference at Liberty Elementary.

Contact: JT Henderson, director of Communications in the Office of Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman

(Posted July 7, 2021)