Jodi Jackson

(l-r) Misty Thakker, Jodi Jackson, Tina Hopson

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Four women from Eudora are hoping that they, along with the support of thousands of registered voters, can convince the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Governor to install cable median barriers along K-10 from Lawrence to Kansas City.

Tina Hopson, wife of Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson, Jodi Jackson, the women who created the Facebook page dedicated to getting the cable barriers installed, along with Misty Thakker and Jessica Bateson are working on a petition that they will be circulating throughout the area to be signed and then be presented to KDOT and hopefully the Governor.

The group hopes to keep this issue of cable median barriers on the minds of both KDOT and the Governor. “The more people that sign this petition and keep e-mailing, it will keep the pressure on KDOT to install cable barriers” Hopson said.

Jackson, in response to KDOT’s stance at a press conference last Friday where KDOT secretary Deb Miller stated that cable barriers may not be the best answer for the K-10 corridor, said “We know it’s not going to stop everything (referring to fatality accidents), but it will protect a lot of innocent victims.”

Jackson was one car in front of the accident that claimed the life of 5 year old Cainan Shutt on April 16 and Hopson was one car in front of the accident near De Soto in August 2010 that involved a Lawrence woman crossing the median and colliding with a Fed Ex Truck.

Governor Brownback recently directed KDOT to install rumble strips along K-10 in Douglas County this year as a response to the outcry of Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson and others, about the need for safety improvements on the K-10 Corridor.

“We think (rumble strips) is a really good start” Jackson said. “Any attempt to make K-10 safer is appreciated, but when you have someone with a medical issue, for example, it’s not going to wake them up.”

“This accident hit us all pretty hard knowing all those involved.” Thakker said. “We’ve got to continue to spread the word to other people.”

The four women are asking for those of voting age to make sure they are registered to vote, since only registered voter signatures will count in the petition drive.  The group plans on setting up events in both Douglas and Johnson County to collect as many signatures as possible.

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The Mayor of Eudora has not relented on his campaign to improve safety conditions along the K-10 corridor.

This weekend, Mayor Scott Hopson, along with the mayor’s family, prepared and placed 47 small crosses along the hillside next the site of the accident that claimed the lives of 5-year old Cainan Shutt and 24-year-old Ryan Pittman on Saturday, April 16.

“We have to do something to call attention to the fact that this road is dangerous and something needs to be done about it.” Hopson said.

Family members also placed a single cross at the site of an accident scene near De Soto, that involved a car and a Fed Ex truck. In that accident, Amanda Newton, a 23-year-old Lawrence woman, was killed in when she crossed over the median and collided with the Fed Ex Truck.  That accident occurred in August of 2010.

Hopson has been on a personal crusade urging the Governor and the Kansas Department of Transportation to install wire barriers along the K-10 corridor stretching from Interstate 435 in Kansas City to Lawrence. Hopsons efforts have been echoed by Thomas and Alison Shutt, the parents of the Cainan, and Jodi Jackson, the citizen who started a Facebook effort to install wire barriers along the highway.

 

 

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