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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.