KDOT to study intersection of Monday double fatality crash

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Kansas Department of Transportation says it will take another look at safety issues in a northeast Kanas intersection following the deaths of two people in a traffic accident Monday night.

The accident at the intersection of Highway 75 and NW 62nd Street about 11 miles north of Topeka claimed the lives of Steve Galarneau of Scranton and David Hilleland of Topeka about 5:30 Monday evening.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says both victims were in a pickup headed west on 62nd Street when a driver failed to yield at the intersections stop sign and attempted to cross Highway 75. Another vehicle traveling northbound on 75 struck the pickup. No one in that vehicle was injured.

It’s the fourth fatal accident at that intersection in the past two years and six people have been killed and another 44 injured in accidents there since 2000.

In the wake of Monday night’s accident KDOT says its engineering staff will review safety aspects of the intersection. The agency did a study in 2013 and at that time recommended relocating the stop bar or line on the east side of the intersecting but didn’t recommend any other additional traffic control devices stating at the time “There is not a pattern of crashes at the intersection and drivers appear to recognize the stop condition on the east/west legs and the median.”

Since that report KDOT has relocated the painted stop bar closer to the stop sign on the eastern side of 62nd street and replaced all the advanced stop signs at the intersection on both the east and west sides of the intersection.

Now engineers we re-evaluate whether additional enhancements are warranted including rumble strips, sign beacons or flags ar a vehicular activated beacon system.

In a statement to Kansas First News KDOT says a potential long term solution could be the construction of an interchange, but there are currently no plans – or money – to build it.


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