Dangerous Intersection

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Residents living near the intersection of 79th Street South and Highway 81 say it is dangerous. A resident living near the intersection, Tom Babb, says he has seen more than his share of accidents at the intersection.

Babb explains, "We've had some real serious accidents here. Last year we had a couple of them carried by helicopter."

Some drivers complain about trees getting in the way of seeing oncoming traffic. Babb says there needs to be something other than just stop signs to warn drivers, possibly a traffic signal.

But despite the perceptions of folks who live around the intersection, the Kansas Department of Transportation says only three accidents occurred there last year with one involving an injury.

This intersection and others around Haysville might get more traffic when construction on the railroad overpass in Haysville begins after Labor Day. Residents who live around the intersection just hope something is done soon before a more serious accident happens.

Sedgwick County will be monitoring traffic in that area around Haysville to see if any changes need to be made to intersections the county has jurisdiction over.


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