13 people died last year in Missouri work zones, work zone awareness week gets us used to projects

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Recently Governor Mike Parsons was in Joplin declaring that Missouri would rebuild 250 bridges including many in the Joplin area. That means more construction and work zones.

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week and Joplin has a major work zone on I-44 westbound. Every morning and afternoon the tipline rings and people let us know about the slow down on I-44.

Why? The recently closed Exit 6 westbound ramp at Main Street for reconfiguration as the Shoal Creek bridge is being constructed to replace low water bridge. The construction is expected to last through the summer, so is the slow down. If you are a local, avoid the I-44 westbound from Rangeline to Main Street.

As National Work Zone Awareness Week kicked off in our region, MODOT SWMO District Engineer Travis Geissler spoke at a media event, “Last year [2018] unfortunately 13 people lost their lives in work zones in Missouri 11 were in the states system and 2 were in the local system. And we can all readily agree that 13 is 13 too many.”

This year’s theme is #BUPD, Buckle Up, Phone Down. Geissler went on to remind everyone that it’s a choice we all need to make.  

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