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Kansas Report

John Babcock, Area Superintendent, Kansas DOT

Reflectorized Section

October 1990–March 2000

Location: K-4, 0.5 miles north of junction K-4 and US24, mp 340.5–339.9
Length of Reflectorized Section: 0.75 miles
Reflectors Installed: October 1990
Reflector Installation Design: Directed across highway and staggered
Terrain: Slightly Hilly
Estimated Reflector Maintenance Costs: $440/mile/year
Deer-Vehicle After Dark Accident History Prior to Installation: 1988: 15–20
1989: 15–20
1990: 10–15
Deer-Vehicle After Dark Accident History After Installation: 1991: 5
1992: 3
1993: 3
1994: 0
1995: 0
1996: 0
1997: 2; ADT: 8,120
1998: 0; ADT: 7,675
1999: 0; ADT: 7,800
2000: 0; ADT: 8,645
Yearly Reduction in Accidents: 1991: 68%
1992: 81%
1993: 81%
1994: 100%
1995: 100%
1996: 100%
1997: 87%
1998: 100%
1999: 100%
2000: 100%

Reflector Purchases

Initial Purchase 7/90: 250
Subsequent Purchases 10/87: 260
10/94: 35
1/95: 40

A control section is not possible for this test site since the four lane highway 24 running east and west is at the south end and many homes are located at the north end.

photo of the site after Strieter-Lite installation

I can confirm that deer are always present at this site. They feed in the apple orchard and occupy the old woods situated on both sides of the highway.

—John Babcock, Area Superintendent, KS DOT

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