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The K-10 safety Committee ordered by Governor Brownback met again Tuesday evening to continue discussions on how to improve roadway safety on K-10.
While several people on the committee are still very interested in cable barriers, a newer proposal to make the highway a “safety corridor” was recommended. A safety corridor is a signed stretch of highway that will allow for increased enforcement efforts and larger fines, normally double, along the corridor.
State Senator Tom Holland attended a the meeting and stated he would work on a bill to be introduced at the start of the legislative season in January.
“It’s going to take other measures,” Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson said. “Whether that’s enforcement, signage or higher fines.”
This is the first recommendation the committee has stated it will make when it presents it’s final report to KDOT and the Governor later this year.
Johnson County Commission officials while agreeing with the safety corridor, also continued their push to install cable barriers. At the last meeting, Johnson County Commissioner Jim Allen announced that Johnson County would pay for 20% of a project to install cable barriers near the K-10 and K-7 intersection.
“From the Johnson County perspective, we are adamant that KDOT needs to do something,” Allen said.
KDOT District Engineer Clay Adams also informed the committee that a resurfacing project of K-10 in Douglas County will start sometime during the first two weeks of September. The project will include resurfacing the driving lanes of the Douglas County section and widening the inside shoulder and adding rumble strips to that shoulder. The roadwork will be done mostly at night and on weekends to facilitate traffic movement during the peak driving times on the highway. The project is slated to be completed in November.