US 50 Among State's Most Dangerous Highways

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ In the past decade, U.S. 50 in Kansas has seen a number of improvements that made it safer in some areas.

Still, four years after nine people were killed on the highway near Peabody in several accidents in construction zones, U.S. 50 remains one of the most dangerous two-lane highways in the state.

Seventeen fatalities occurred on the highway last year.

The state has added passing lanes and wider shoulders between Newton and Emporia. But in the last five years, U.S. 50 has had the highest rate of head-on collisions among the state's two-lane highways.

A task force is beginning work on a new long-range transportation plan. But task force members say the state may not have the money to do anymore to U.S. 50.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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