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KDOT warns drivers: Be ready for delays on K-10 during roadwork, starting on Monday

September 7, 2011

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The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning drivers on Kansas Highway 10 about possible delays east of Lawrence beginning Monday, when work is scheduled to start on a repaving and rumble strip project.

In August, KDOT officials awarded a $4.3 million bid to Hamm Co. of Perry to expand shoulders on K-10 east of Lawrence in Douglas County and install rumble strips to alert drivers who veer onto the shoulder. The project, scheduled to begin Monday and end Nov. 4, also includes milling and repaving the driving lanes.

Kim Qualls, a KDOT spokeswoman, said crews will not work during peak travel times — morning and evening rush hours and Kansas University game days — but she said it’s such a busy highway that drivers should be aware of possible delays.

The Johnson County portion of K-10 east of Lawrence already has rumble strips in the shoulders, but the Douglas County portion does not.

In April, after a fatality crash near the Church Street exit in Eudora killed two people, including 5-year-old Cainan Shutt, Gov. Sam Brownback ordered the KDOT to have the rumble strip project completed this fall, and Brownback also required KDOT to work with local residents and government officials to study whether to install cable-median barriers on K-10. The study group has been meeting once a month since May.

Comments

FlintlockRifle 3 years, 3 months ago

Hold on while I check the noise coming from the front of my car, can I call you back????

nut_case 3 years, 3 months ago

? The turnpike actually has a slightly higher accident rate than K10.

hipper_than_hip 3 years, 3 months ago

What's the accident rate from cross-overs on the turnpike between Lawrence and KC? That seems to be the major problem on K-10.

CreatureComforts 3 years, 3 months ago

No, it is NOT the major problem on K-10. It may make the most noise and the most news, but that doesn't make it the biggest problem. There are really very, very few crossovers in the big scheme of things.

hipper_than_hip 3 years, 3 months ago

If cross-overs aren't the problem, then why is everyone asking for cable barriers in the median?

CHEEZIT 3 years, 3 months ago

I was wondering when something was going to be done on the East side! We were missing out on all the road construction fun!!!

riverdrifter 3 years, 3 months ago

You can bet there will be even more Talledega-type NASCAR pileups out there as a result.

3 years, 3 months ago

I hope they put the cables up because we really need them on K10. I travel that road alot when I go to Kansas City and I think it will help with having less people getting killed out there.

classclown 3 years, 3 months ago

hipper_than_hip (anonymous) replies…

What's the accident rate from cross-overs on the turnpike between Lawrence and KC? That seems to be the major problem on K-10.

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What's the rate of cross-over accidents on the streets of Lawrence? We just had 2 in the past week.

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hipper_than_hip (anonymous) replies…

If cross-overs aren't the problem, then why is everyone asking for cable barriers in the median?

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Because it's the latest knee-jerk flavor of the month.

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