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March 28, 2008 12:00 AM
Drivers Reminded Not to Barrel Through Work Zones
Buildings and Landmarks Lit Orange to Promote Work Zone Awareness Week

JEFFERSON CITY -  Too many Missouri Department of Transportation employees can tell harrowing stories of near misses in work zones and accidents that left them in the ditch, on top of their truck or in the hospital.  One message these workers have for Missouri motorists is:  "When you see orange signs, they are there for a reason.  Slow down and be alert."

As highway construction again gears up for the year, MoDOT is working to prevent work zone accidents by reminding motorists, "Don't Barrel Through Work Zones."  Billboard and radio advertising throughout the state will carry that message through the construction season.

MoDOT is also sponsoring Operation Orange for the second year to increase work zone awareness and honor fallen workers by lighting state landmarks orange during Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11.  In addition to MoDOT buildings statewide, other facilities that will be lit orange include the St. Louis Science Center Planetarium, Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Zoo, the Boone County Courthouse, the Shelter Insurance Gardens' fountain in Columbia, the Emerson Bridge in Cape Girardeau, Hammons Field in Springfield and the Branson Landing.  More information about Operation Orange can be found at www.modot.org/operationorange.

"Work zone deaths and injuries are preventable," MoDOT Director Pete Rahn said.  "Most often they are caused by inattention.  We need drivers to be alert."

Education and enforcement efforts, along with improved engineering measures, appear to be paying off.  In 2007, five people were killed in work zones, a 74 percent decrease from 2006 when 19 people were killed.  Work zone injuries decreased more than 33 percent.  There were approximately 800 people injured in 2007 work zones, compared to 1,190 in 2006.

According to Missouri statistics, most work zone crashes are caused by inattention, excessive speed and following too closely.  Motorists are the ones most likely to be killed or injured in a work-zone crash. 

Work zones will be all over the state again this year as MoDOT continues its Better Roads, Brighter Future initiative. The plan calls for improvements on 5,600 more miles of major roadways by 2011 and will bring 85 percent of Missouri's roadways up to good condition. 

            The Better Roads, Brighter Future program targets highways carrying 80 percent of all traffic on the state highway system-that's 103 million miles traveled a day.  When the program is complete at the end of 2011, the improved roads will prevent approximately 85 disabling injuries and save 10 lives every year.

            Beginning this year, crews will also be working hard on the Interstate 64 construction project in St. Louis, as well as the kcICON project to improve Interstate 29 and Interstate 35 in north Kansas City, including a new Christopher S. Bond Bridge.  Work will also begin on the Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program, which will improve 800 bridges over the next five years. 

For more information about construction projects statewide or to access the 2008 statewide construction map, visit http://www.modot.org/ or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). 

Editor's note:  Attached is a partial list of buildings and landmarks that will participate in Operation Orange during Work Zone Awareness Week.  The list will be updated as additional places are added.  Visit www.modot.org/operationorange for periodic updates.

Operation Orange Participants (As of March 28)

Northwest Region

East Hills Library, St. Joseph

Troop H Highway Patrol

MoDOT District Office, St. Joseph

North Central Region

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B Headquarters

MoDOT District Office, Macon

Northeast Region

City of LaGrange

Lincoln County Commission, Troy

Ayers Oil Company, reader boards on major routes

Abel Oil Company, reader boards on major routes

Mercantile Bank, Louisiana

Bank of Lincoln County, Winfield

Jim Trenary Chevrolet, Troy

MoDOT District Office, Hannibal

Maintenance facilities on major routes

Kansas City Area

Kauffman Stadium

Belton Water Tower

Kansas City Parks and Recreation, Wornall Road Bridge at Brush Creek

City of Lee's Summit, Police Station

Downtown (Kansas City) Marriott Hotel

Country Club Plaza, fountain

Unity Village Tower

City of Harrisonville, City Hall

North Kansas City, City Hall

Hampton Inn, Clinton

Memorial Fountain, Grandview

MoDOT District Office and maintenance buildings

Central Region

Boone County Courthouse

Shelter Insurance Gardens - fountain

MoDOT District 5 Office

MoDOT Central Office

St. Louis Area

Six Flags St. Louis - marquee

Lumiere Place


Saint Louis Science Center - Planetarium

Kiener Plaza - fountain

Logan College of Chiropractic

St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium - message boards

America's Center - message boards

St. Louis Zoo

Missouri Botanical Gardens - Ridgeway Center

Residence Inn

Balke Brown Associates

Kozeny Wagner Contracting

Larry West, N.B. Contracting

Vinita Park City Hall

MoDOT Transportation Management Center

Southwest Region

Welcome Center, Joplin

MoDOT District Office, Joplin

Springfield Area

Hammons Field, Springfield

Branson Landing, Branson

South Central Region

Westgate GMAC Real Estate, West Plains

Great Rivers Distributing (Anheuser-Busch Distributor), West Plains

Holiday Inn Express, Rolla

MoDOT District Office

Southeast Region

Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, Cape Girardeau

City of Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau Central High School

Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center

Drury Southwest Signs

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop E, Poplar Bluff and Sikeston offices

Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce

Pemiscot County Courthouse

City of Farmington, water tower

MoDOT District Office, Sikeston

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