September 17, 2014

SH city seeks improvements for U.S. 169 intersection

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Spring Hill city, school, and chamber officials have adopted a joint resolution seeking to improve safety at the intersection of U.S. 169 Highway and 199th Street.
The resolution seeks additional safety measures through the Johnson County Commission, Johnson County Public Works, the Kansas Department of Transportation, and the Kansas Legislature.
Jonathan Roberts, Spring Hill city administrator, said the resolution was written to indicate the community’s interest in working with county and state officials to improve safety at the intersection.
Community leaders have discussed rumble strips, an overpass and enhanced signalization to enhance safety.
“There area a number of improvements we have talked about,” Roberts said, “But in the end, the professionals at KDOT are going to have to decide what those safety improvements will be.”
The intersection has been the scene of several injury and fatality accidents over the years.
Most recently, a 68-year-old Iola man was killed in a two-vehicle crash at U.S. 169 Highway and 199th Street in October.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Curtis Kent Lawrence was killed after the 2003 Pontiac he was driving northbound on U.S. 169 ran a stoplight at 199th Street and struck the rear of a 2007 pickup driven by 82-year-old Arthur F. Jensen, Olathe, who was stopped at the red light.
Lawrence was pronounced dead at the scene. Jensen was listed as having “possible injuries.”
Both men were wearing seatbelts.
Last May, Rita M. Fermyn, 44, of Lane, Kan., was killed in a three-vehicle crash at U.S. 169 and 199th Street.
Two other persons — Injured were Kyle L. Fermyn, 20, of Lane, Kan., who was a passenger in Rita M. Fermyn’s car, and Tommy J. Nickell, 40, of Parker, Kan. — were injured.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, all three vehicles were northbound on U.S. 169.
A 2002 Chevrolet passenger car driven by Rita M. Fermyn was stopped at a red light at 199th Street.
Authorities say Nickell apparently had fallen asleep in his 1999 Chevrolet pickup and struck the back of Rita M. Fermyn’s vehicle.
Rita M. Fermyn was pronounced dead at the scene.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kyle L. Fermyn and Nickell were transported to area hospitals.

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