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Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson started an initiative this week to try influence the Governor and  the Kansas Department of Transportation to install a wire barrier in the median of K-10 from Kansas City to Lawrence. This action was taken due to the two deaths that occurred on K-10 in a crossover accident this past Saturday.

The mayor has written a letter to the Governor and other state officials seeking their assistance.  The Mayor has also requested the other cities along  the K-10 corridor to join in his campaign and urge the state to act.

Currently, Overland Park is the only city to respond that they will also join in the letter writing campaign to the Governor and KDOT. The City of Lawrence has put it on their agenda to discuss the issue.

At the De Soto City Council meeting on Thursday evening, De Soto Mayor David Anderson brought the issue to the City Council and stated he was in favor of supporting the campaign. The De Soto City Council did not agree with the idea.

Lori Murdock, one of the newly sworn in members of the De Soto City Council, stated to that the City Council did briefly discuss this issue at their meeting on Thursday night, and said the consensus was that it was “okay for the mayor to write a letter but there was not support on the council for it.”

According to Murdock, Council member Randy Johnson stated during the meeting that he doesn’t want to see those barriers put up out there.

Murdock did state that the De Soto City Council is not against an idea of a barrier on K-10, but wanted to explore other economical ways to improve safety on the K-10 corridor.  “We want to look at what other ideas can be done.”  Murdock said “We decided not to take a stance on the issue.”

Murdock also said the idea was floated during the discussion that reducing the speed limit on K-10 could be a possible solution in the effort to improve the safety on the highway.

According to Hopson, Mayor Anderson would not write the letter since it was the wishes of the City Council not to take a stance on the issue.

Calls to Johnson and other city leaders had not been returned at post time.

Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson in response to the City Council’s lack of a stance on the issue said “I would encourage citizens of De Soto who wish to support the effort, to contact their City Council Members.”

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12 Responses to Eudora News: De Soto says No to supporting wire barriers on K-10

  • I wonder if it was a member of the councils family whether it was their son , grandson, brother, nephew, or cousin that passed away this weekend, if they would feel differently about K10 having barriers? Or a child spending her 2nd birthday tomorrow in a neck/back brace in a wheelchair without her big brother to celebrate with. While her grandmother lays in a hospital bed unable to walk herself. Sometimes things don’t seem important to be involved in matters such as a barrier but when it costs you a family member your views and willingness to be involved change forever as does your life.

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  • Shame on the DeSoto city council. A lower speed limit would not have prevented this accident as the young man who caused the wreck had no respect for himself, his fellow man and their safety or speed limit signs. He clearly was not following the state law in his condition!!!

  • Five years ago on Good Friday my daughter’s husband was killed in a crossover on K10. He was hit by a semi and was killed instantly. He left a 2 month old son. I had to inform my daughter AND her husband’s family. It was the worst day of my life. Think about it.

  • Mary Krouse….What condition was that. Preliminary results mean there was a positive test, not under the influence. If you know what his condition actually was, then were you with him? Do you need to report his activities to the officers investigating this accident? The Eudora reporter has not reported on his condition as of yet. thank you This is all just preliminary. Once it has been proven what his condition was, then there will be room for comments.

  • Lowering the speed limit won’t help anything unless there are cops constantly monitoring K10 24/7! The speed limit now is 70 and the average speed is probably closer to 80! I agree with Lisa that if it had happened to one of their family members things would be different. I don’t see how putting in barriers would impact the city of De Soto at all. The state would pay for it and it wouldn’t influence how people get off the highway into De Soto. I think they need to reconsider and only people calling or writing them will make a difference!

  • So, now people of Eudora are mad at DeSoto for not agreeing with this? Life moves on people. Get over a death. They happen EVERY day, 365 days a year. Same with wrecks. Things like this just dont happen on k-10 or in Eudora. Is it sad, yes. Is it tragic, yes. But dang, move on with your life. Im sure that many of the people that have died would not want the lives of their family’s to be consummed by worrying about things like this. I agree with Tony, innocent until proven guilty. Also, Mary, do you ever speed? I think EVERYBODY speeds at one time or another. Thats the other thing. So many people on here make them-selves look like saints…well guess what, YOU ARENT!

  • Or maybe instead we (De Soto City Council included) should consider that it could happen to anyone of us and on that road, chances are it would be serious/fatal…

  • L.B.J.
    I pray God helps carry you through when a tradegy hurts you and your family, but then you’ll understand the anguish and heartache.

  • LBJ…wow…apparently you have never felt the loss of someone close to you, that loss being so close that you would give your own life to bring back those that didnt make it back. Not one person on here is trying to make themselves look like a saint. What that driver did whether he was under the influence or not is still inexcusable, if I read right he should have NEVER been behind the wheel of any type of moving vehicle. He had a suspended license….I have felt the tragic loss of a loved one, its a totally different feeling when one passes do to a medical condition, you can almost be ok with it….but when someone is taken from you so needlessly because of someones selfishness you want to make some sort of sense out of it….if they were taken and the outcome is a safety measure for others then maybe that little life wasnt taken in vain. I am in total shock and disgust that you would say get over it….have a few children and have one carelessly taken from you and then I would like to see how you cope and get over it….

  • the state says that it has evaluated k-10 and there is not enough traffic to put up the cables. but it wasnt too long ago that the state felt that there was enough traffic on k-10 that they could make a profit on it by turning it into a toll road. our government once again showing that it would rather line its pockets than to provide the service and safty it was elected to do.

  • Does it have to be all or nothing? From what I have seen regarding the cross over fatalities is that it mainly occurs when cars are coming onto the highway. Maybe we could look at putting the cables up 100-200 yards at those entrances to K-10. It is not perfect but might be doable. Money is tight everywhere but I, and many other, KNOW that you can’t put a price tag on any life and these barriers WILL save lives.

    Doing something – anything to help the safety of those on K-10 is better than nothing. Don’t let this beautiful child life end for nothing – let’s make a change so NO ONE has to go through this senseless, tragic accident.