Upgrade necessary at 158th and 24-40
Tuesday was a bittersweet day for Dennis and Denise Bixby. It was their daughter's 20th birthday, but Amanda Bixby wasn't with them to celebrate.
Two months ago, Amanda was killed in a three-car accident at 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.
The Bixbys, Dennis Bixby explained, were going to take some brownies to Nebraska Furniture Mart to share with some of Amanda's former co-workers. Then, Dennis and Denise were thinking about going to Amanda's gravesite.
Tuesday also was the day the Bixbys learned the Leavenworth County Commission had approved the city of Basehor's request to place rumble strips on 158th Street at the intersection, to warn drivers they're supposed to stop. The city also received permission to put in a couple of streetlights.
The news, Dennis Bixby said, was a birthday present to his daughter.
The rumble strips and streetlights will come too late to save Amanda Bixby, but they are welcome nonetheless. The Kansas Department of Transportation said there have been two fatality accidents at the intersection in three years. Had the improvements been made earlier, a Tonganoxie couple and their daughter might really be celebrating a landmark birthday this week. Nevertheless, the county, Basehor and KDOT should be congratulated on correcting this problem.