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With the tragic accident that claimed two lives and injured three others on K-10 Saturday, Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson has decided to stand up and try to do something about it.
Hopson is sending a letter to Kansas Governor Brownback where he requests the Governor to “direct the Secretary of Transportation to immediately begin work to install wire barriers in the median of K-10 from Lawrence to I-435.”
In Hopson’s letter he stated:
We have been told that KDOT has resisted placing wire barriers in the median at this stretch of road because the benefit cost ratio completed in 2009 determined that these barriers were not warranted due to the low numbers of accidents or deaths in the area. I can tell you now that the death toll on this stretch of road has exceeded our community’s benefit cost ratio and that we request barriers be installed immediately.
Hopson also is circulating the letter to the Mayors of Lawrence, De Soto, Overland Park, Lenexa and Olathe in the hope that they will join his campaign for wire barriers along the K-10 corridor.
“It’s my responsibility not only to the citizens of Eudora but to all the people who travel K-10.” Hopson said. “Policy makers aren’t traveling K-10 on a regular basis and it’s our responsibility to bring it to their attention.”
There is also a groundswell of support for barriers along K-10 on Facebook.
Jodi Jackson, an area resident, started the page at 7AM Tuesday morning and by 6:15PM that evening, the page had garnered over 325 “likes”.
Jackson stated that she was one car in front of the accident that occurred near the Church St. exit on K-10 Saturday.
“What if that had been me in that car?” Jackson said. “I have my own children and I can’t imagine what I would be going through, had it been me.”