(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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6 Responses to Women working hard to convince KDOT

  • I want to sign. But I work in Lenexa and I’m not home in Eudora until 6pm every weekday. I travel K-10 daily. How can I sign?

    • It is our understanding that they will be setting up events for signing. Those dates and locations are yet to be determined. Eudorareporter.com will make sure to publish that information once we receive it.

  • It would be pretty easy to set up an online petition. This allows those that can’t attend the event to still sign.

    Happy to help or provide links/suggestions.

  • If k-10 is so un-safe, I want to see everyone who signs this petition not drive on k-10. There are other ways to get to Laawrence and Johnson co. If not, your a hypocrite.

  • To A Johnson: all driving is unsafe. The point is that we would like to make K-10 even more safe from the crossover accidents that have happened. Your request is slightly ridiculous. No one is saying that K-10 is unfit for driving daily. We’re not hypocrites. We would just like to add a safety feature.

  • My statement is no more ridiculous than trying to force the state to spend tax payers money for something the state has already said isnt needed. Would anyone who wants these cables put forth money out of their pocket to have them installed? Thanks for realizing that all driving is unsafe.
    Again, why has no one addressed the issue of emergency services once cables are installed?