Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New task force aims to reduce crashes at 152 Highway intersections


Liberty resident Richard Brown was driving his car in the area of 152 Highway and North Flintlock Road in Kansas City, North, on Jan. 22, 2011, when his car was involved in an accident.

Brown went through something that’s played out more than 300 times in the past year and is the subject of a new task force formed by the Kansas City Police Department’s Shoal Creek Patrol Division: wrecks on 152 Highway. The Task Force will have its first meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Shoal Creek Patrol Station, 6801 NE Pleasant Valley Road, Kansas City, Mo.

The area of 152 Highway between Shoal Creek Parkway and Interstate 35 is consistently in the top 5 crash locations in the city. 152 and North Flintlock ranked as the No. 1 crash spot in 2010, and 152 and North Church Road came in at No. 3.

“We need to work on solutions to this problem,” said Major Rich Lockhart, commander of the Shoal Creek Patrol Division. “Working with key stakeholders will help us identify the root causes of the high number of accidents.”

Lockhart has invited the Missouri Department of Transportation, Kansas City’s Traffic Division, members of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Liberty Police Department, community members, and Kansas City police officers to meet to work on solutions. The group expects to have a report outlining possible solutions done by early summer.

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