photo courtesy Jodi Jackson

Story by Scott Rothschild, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

TOPEKA — In response to a fatal crossover traffic accident, the state transportation department on Friday announced approval of a bid to install cable median barriers in Douglas and Johnson counties.

“It is being put out there for safety,” said Kim Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The project entails installing 2.3 miles of cable barrier in the median on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora, and 2 miles of cable barrier near the K-10 and Kansas Highway 7 junction in Johnson County.

Gray Beal Construction Co. of Topeka has been awarded the $1,158,714 project. Construction is expected to start in mid-August and be completed in late November.

In May 2011, Gov. Sam Brownback ordered a committee to be formed that was composed of citizens, elected officials and KDOT officials to look at how to improve safety along the K-10 corridor.

That was prompted by the death of 5-year-old Cainan Shutt when an impaired driver crossed the median and struck the minivan driven by Cainan’s grandfather.

Earlier this year, Cainan’s mother, Ali Shutt, was honored by KDOT for her work in getting the agency to approve the cable barriers.

KDOT spokeswoman Qualls urged motorists to be careful while workers are putting in the new barriers.

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4 Responses to KDOT approves Bid for cable barriers near Eudora

  • I hope during the install they dont close K10 down to just one lane in either direction. Nothing better at causing wrecks and road rage than closed lanes and slow traffic.

  • So, just because you don’t want to be inconvenienced, you’d rather see a construction worker be in danger of being hit and injured or killed?

  • Would you work on K-10 as a construction worker ? Hell no i wouldnt. Even the state troopers who work K-10 hate it. Its like running the gauntlet and if you survive, your party.
    I just hope when they do the cables thay are safe.

  • am i to understand that only 4.3 miles of k-10 will have the cables at a cost of over 1 million dollars. i hope i am misunderstanding or read it too fast because at that price, i would hope the barrier goes from the 435 interchange to lawrence.