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October 16, 2009 12:00 AM
MoDOT Employee Walking To Benefit Fallen Workers’ Memorial

JEFFERSON CITY - Jim Feeney, a Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance crew leader, is taking extra steps to raise awareness for work zone safety and pay tribute to his fellow workers who have been killed in the line of duty. 

Feeney, who works in MoDOT's St. Louis area district, is using personal time to traverse 87.2 miles of the Katy Trail to encourage private sponsorships for a memorial honoring fallen MoDOT employees and to remind motorists to slow down and pay attention when driving in work zones.  He will start his trek in Weldon Spring on Saturday (Oct. 17) and finish up in Jefferson City on Tuesday (Oct. 20), with overnight stays in Peers, Rhineland and Mokane. 

Since 1946, 128 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty and plans are under way to create a statewide memorial just to the west of MoDOT's Central Office near the capitol in Jefferson City to honor these men and women.  The memorial will be totally funded by private donations.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the memorial fund can make a check payable to State Highway & Transportation Employees Association of Missouri and mail it to: District 7 Highway Credit Union, Attn: Dave B. Taylor, 3901 East 32nd Street, Suite A, Joplin, Mo. 64804.

For more information on work zone safety and the memorial, visit www.modot.org/workzones.

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Editor's note:  Here is a more detailed schedule of Jim's walk.  He can be reached by cell phone at 314-608-6374.

Oct. 17 - start out at Weldon Spring, ( mi. 56 ) walk to Peers ( mi. 81.2 ) - total miles 25.2

Oct. 18 - start out at Peers and walk to Rhineland ( mi. 105 ) - total miles 23.8 

Oct. 19 - start out at Rhineland and walk to Mokane (mi. 125 ) - total miles 20

Oct. 20 - start out at Mokane and finish up at N. Jefferson City - total miles 18.2

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