EMPORIA, Kan. (KWCH) The Kansas Turnpike Authority is installing the first new box culvert along the turnpike where a deadly accident occurred.
KTA is increasing the capacity of its culverts beneath the turnpike to improve drainage between mile markers 116 and 118.
The location is about 10 miles south of Emporia, the same general location where Zachary Clark died in July 2015.
Authorities said Clark's vehicle hydroplaned off the turnpike during a heavy rain. Floodwaters then carried it into a culvert where it became stuck. By the time rescuers were found him, Clark was dead.
Other improvements include alert systems to notify staff when water begins to rise in stream locations and permanent caution signs to alert travelers about the potential for flooding and guardrails.
Work on the box culverts is scheduled to be complete in late November.