Add the city of Lawrence to the list of organizations and individuals calling for more safety measures to be added to Kansas Highway 10 following an April 16 double fatality crash.
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously agreed to have Mayor Aron Cromwell send a letter to state officials supporting the idea of adding cable barriers to the median of the highway.
“It is hard when we’re reacting to a tragedy,” Cromwell said, “but the intention is to prevent the next one.”
Cainan Shutt, a Eudora preschooler, and 24-year old Ryan M. Pittman, also of Eudora, died in the crash when Pittman’s eastbound Toyota Camry crossed the grassy median near the Church Street interchange into the westbound lanes and struck a minivan driven by Cainan’s step-grandfather, Danny Basel.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday sent a directive to the Kansas Department of Transportation ordering the agency to immediately reopen a study into a cable barrier system for the road. His directive also ordered that a local task fore be formed.
City commissioners on Tuesday said they felt it still was important for Lawrence to make its voice heard, and Cromwell said the letter would urge the state to take a broad look at safety issues on the highway.