Cainan Shutt

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Earlier this week, Senator Tom Holland’s campaign sent mailers to voters and press releases to the media with quotes from Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson claiming Holland was the only one willing to help in the effort to get cable median barriers installed on K-10 and attempt to get K-10 designated as a safety corridor.

Representative Anthony Brown, who is Holland’s opponent for the Senatorial seat in the 3rd District, disagrees with those claims.

“While Senator Holland introduced the Senate version of the safety corridor bill, I was was working the House side,” Brown said.  “I was lobbying the governor’s office trying to get this passed.”

While the Senate version of the bill passed, the House bill died in committee.

“The reason it died in committee was lack of interest,” Brown stated. “While the Mayor came to Topeka to testify before the Senate committee, he did not come to testify before the House committee.  The House committee members did not act because no official from Eudora came to the hearings.”

Brown also says that the Mayor’s claims that “We made numerous phone calls to our local elected state representatives” are erroneous.

“To the best of my knowledge, I never received any phone call from the Mayor at my home or on my cell phone about the cables or the safety corridor bill.”

Brown stated that while Hopson and City Administrator John Harrenstein did attempt to see him while they were in Topeka for the Senate hearings, Brown said he was in other meetings in the Capitol and was not able to meet with them at that time.

Brown did provide a copy of a text conversation that occurred between Brown’s wife Susie and Jodi Jackson. Jackson was one of the four women who created the Facebook page that kept the issue of cable median barriers in the public eye.  Hopson’s wife Tina was also involved in the Facebook group. (http://www.eudorareporter.com/women-working-hard-to-convince-kdot/)

In the conversation dated April 19, 2011, Brown’s wife gave Jackson Anthony’s cell phone number and email address. Brown’s wife stated in that conversation that “He doesn’t have a decision directly in this, but definitely can facilitate contacts and direction to KDOT.”

Brown also provided a letter sent to him by Secretary of Transportation Mike King from July of 2012, where King updated the progress of the project.

“I am aware of your strong support for the construction of cable barriers in the median of Kansas Highway 10 in Douglas and Johnson Counties,” King said in the letter.  Later in the letter, King added that “Your support and advocacy in your community has been indispensable.”

The push for cable median barriers on K-10 began after a crossover accident took the life 5-year-old Cainan Shutt on K-10 on April 16, 2011.

 

 

 

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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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Alison Shutt receiving her award from KDOT

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One year ago this week, Ali Shutt lost her 5-year-old son Cainan in a tragic accident on K-10 near Church Street, when an impaired driver crossed the median and collided with a minivan driven by Cainan’s grandfather.

Since the accident, Shutt, along with a multitude of citizens and politicians, worked to get the Kansas Department of Transportation to install cable median barriers along the K-10 corridor.  In November 2011, KDOT agreed to a project that will install those barriers between the two Eudora exits and near the K-10/K-7 interchange in Johnson County.

Wednesday, Shutt was honored by KDOT with their annual People Saving People Award at the 18th Annual Transportation Safety Conference in Topeka.

“I’m honored to have won this award,” Shutt said. “I hope we do save people with it.”

The People Saving People Award is presented annually to an individual, project or organization that has positively impacted transportation safety in Kansas.

Shutt expressed her gratitude to the many people involved in the initiative to get the barriers installed.

“My family has been behind me the whole way and the whole community of Eudora fought really hard for us as well, as did the members of the safety committee.”

In May 2011, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback ordered a committee to be formed that was comprised of citizens, elected officials and KDOT officials to look at how to improve safety along the K-10 corridor from Lawrence to Johnson County.

Shutt, along with a grassroots campaign led by Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson and a multitude of people via a Facebook page, worked vigorously in an attempt to get KDOT to install the cable barriers.

Shutt, along with her 2-year-old daughter Courtlynn who was injured in the crash, and several family members attended the awards luncheon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.

“She (Courtlynn) was completely cleared last month and doesn’t have to go back to the spine doctor for another year now,” according to Shutt.

Construction of the cable median barriers is currently expected to occur in late summer or early fall 2012.

 

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The K-10 safety commission, ordered by Governor Brownback, met for the first time in Eudora on Thursday to discuss ideas on how to improve roadway safety along the K-10 corridor.

Several officials from cities along the corridor between Kansas City and Lawrence were in attendance as were multiple law enforcement officials from state, county and a few municipalities in the Kansas City area.  KDOT Assistant Secretary Jerry Younger, along with KDOT engineer Clay Adams also attended the meeting.

Adams and Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson were selected as the committee chairs.  The commission will meet monthly and prepare a report for KDOT later on this year on their recommendations on how best to improve roadway safety along the corridor.

“We are not here to point fingers or lay blame,” Hopson stated. “We are here to work together.”

Adams had a slightly different take from previous KDOT officials statements.

“I come to these meetings very open. I come to this process to as very open-minded. There are some people in KDOT who would just flat say we’re not going to put a barrier up. I just want you to know I’m not one of those.” Adams said.

The group spent a large amount of time looking at the numbers of fatality accidents along the corridor. Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein noted that it seems like several of the crossover fatality accidents that have occurred on the highway, were nearer to Eudora than any other locale.

Carie Lawrence, grandmother of Cainan Shutt, the five year old boy killed on K-10 in April brought a sense of humanism to the proceedings.

“Every number has a name. I don’t want that to get forgotten as we go to these meetings.”

The next meeting is tentative scheduled for July when Dean Siking, a University of Nebraska professor and expert in the field of highway safety will be in attendance to provide detailed information to the committee.

Officials will continue to study the numbers and look for the best solution to present to KDOT who will have the ultimate decision on any possible improvements to the corridor.

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A benefit will held on Saturday June 25, for the family of Cainan Shutt. Shutt was the 5-year-old boy killed in a crossover accident on K-10 on April 16 just east of the Church Street exit.  The benefit will be held in CPA Park in downtown Eudora.  The festivities will get under way at 9:00AM.

 

all the video game and trailer

blowup obstable course slide and obstacle course

blow up hamster balls

J hawk

Hot air balloon on ground

cycle ride to Tongie – Desoto

cycle show

250 for 1st 100 2nd

Kids pick winner

other surprises possibly in store

food/drinks

We have A KIDS DAY DONE CAINAN’S WAY!!! LOCATION: CPA picnic park in Eudora DATE: June 25, 2011 TIME: 9AM – 5:00PM. There will be kids blowup toys to play in, shaved ice, the company GAMES 2 U. and weather permitting there will be air balloon to view, Motorcycle ride and bike show. The petition to get the cross-over cables/median barriers installed on K-10 will also be there!!! -Thank you for your support.-Tina
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