Winchester business owners look to raise awareness for dangerous downtown crosswalks

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – After a friend was hit by a car in a crosswalk more than a year ago, Chad Walker has been trying to revamp the crosswalks in downtown Winchester.

He wants to add high visibility signage and ladder paint designs for every crosswalk downtown to make them safer and encourage drivers to slow down.

He says he’ll do it out of his own pocket.

The City of Winchester approved the plan, but since the work will happen on a state road, the final approval has to come from the state Transportation Cabinet, which Walker says he hasn’t heard back from.

“It’s a shame that the one unsafe part is the one part that we really can’t control and it really should be an easy fix but were hoping everyone comes out to support it,” said Walker.

Friday, he, along with a group of business and building owners, plan to cross every crosswalk in downtown Winchester carrying replica signs they’ve asked the state to install.

They are encouraging anyone to join them.

The event will continue Friday and Saturday at noon and at 5:00 P.M.

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