Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2009

Low-water crossing warningsto be installed on rural roads

February 5, 2009

Johnson County Public Works is posting new warning signs at low-water crossings on rural roads to warn motorists to: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Low-water crossings are bridge-like structures built slightly above the stream. Assistant county engineer Brian Petig said the work will in normal conditions, but were easly overtopped with rain.

The first signs will be installed on 175th Street at the low-water crossings west of mission Road. Another sign will be posted at 185th Street and Sunflower Road.

The goal of the new signs is to keep motorists from using the crossings during high water.

Petig said it takes about 6 inches of running water to cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle.

Assistant county engineer Brian Petig said the work will in normal conditions, but were easly overtopped with rain.

The first signs will be installed on175th Street at the low-water crossings west of mission Road. Another sign will be posted at 185th Street and Sunflower Road.

The goal of the new signs is to keep motorist from using the crossings during high water, with the potential life-endangering threat of being swept from the bridge.

Petig said it about 6 inches of running water to cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle.

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