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Officials remove pylons aimed at keeping cars off bike path

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A Girdwood man rented pylons to keep cars off a bike path that tourists sometimes mistake for a road. The Alaska Department of Transportation removed them a day later.

Anchorage television station KTUU reports Matt Martyn took action because his four children use the bike path and he’s constantly concerned that a reckless driver could hurt them.

Girdwood residents say drivers on the bike path are an ongoing safety hazard for pedestrians. They’ve called on state road officials to improve safety along the path.

Transportation Department spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy says state law does not allow residents to implement physical safety measures on state roads.

The department says state law requires that only the department post signs along the pathway. There are 17 signs at intersections along the Alyeska Highway.

Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com


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