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KDOT works to remedy K-10 hydroplaning problems

October 3, 2013

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Dan Strimple, a co-owner of Cutter's Smokehouse at 218 e. 20th in Eudora, saw cars hydroplaning in heavy rain on K-10 just west of the Eudora exit.

Dan Strimple, a co-owner of Cutter's Smokehouse at 218 e. 20th in Eudora, saw cars hydroplaning in heavy rain on K-10 just west of the Eudora exit.

Workers from the Kansas Department of Transportation have taken steps to prevent hydroplaning on a section of Kansas Highway 10 in Eudora that had prompted complaints from drivers and might have caused some to veer off the road.

Last month the Journal-World reported that a Eudora business owner had seen numerous tire tracks and cars that had run off the road near a patch of K-10 parallel with the Eudora Baptist Church.

Along with tracks and ditched cars, Dan Strimple, co-owner of Cutter's Smokehouse in Eudora, noticed that the left eastbound lane of K-10 carried water in heavy rains, though the depression in the road was not immediately visible. Strimple said he called KDOT to notify them of the issue but had received no further response after calling.

Last Thursday KDOT road workers milled off part of the shoulder near the depression to help remedy the problem, said KDOT spokesperson Kimberly Qualls.

The goal was to make the shoulder flatter and keep it even with the lane so that water could escape. It was a fairly routine procedure that KDOT crews do to maintain highways as traffic and temperature changes shift pavement around, Qualls said.

Strimple recently noticed where workers had milled the shoulder, he said.

"Man, they jumped right on that. That's great," Strimple said. "I'm glad they got to it before anyone got hurt."

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