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Paris Pike, 1989

Posted on May 11, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

A view of Paris Pike just inside the Fayette County line looking toward Lexington in August 1989. At the time Gov. Wallace Wilkinson had pledged to widen the road from two lanes to four lanes, prompting strong debate on both sides of the issue. The proposal pitted horse farm owners, environmentalists and historic preservationists against motorists, developers and the families of the road’s accident victims. Traffic accidents on the 14-stetch of road between Lexington and Paris, had killed at least 44 people in the previous 30 years. It wasn’t until 1997 that the widening project began and was completed in 2003. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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