Hundreds of visitors turned out again for MoDOT’s Kansas City District’s annual Big Truck Night held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 23, at the MoDOT district office in Lee’s Summit. Big Truck Night helped kick off national Work Zone Awareness Week March 23-29, when motorists can expect to start seeing crews and trucks on the highways repairing and maintaining the thousands of miles in the nine-county Kansas City Region.
Adults and children were able to get a close-up look at MoDOT’s big equipment that’s used every day to repair and stripe roads, clear snow and to learn more about everything MoDOT and its partners do to keep travelers safe on the roads. Kids were also able to try driving tricycles through their own version of a “divergeabout” -- a diverging diamond that leads directly into a roundabout -- painted on the lot.
Visitors also saw demonstrations by the Lee’s Summit Police Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit, MoDOT’s remote mower, the Highway Patrol’s seat belt convincer, and equipment from the Lee’s Summit Fire Department, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the D.A.R.E. car and more. Some of the other area partners joining in for the evening included MADD, Parents as Teachers, Truman Medical Center, and ThinkFirst.
Something new this year was a scavenger hunt with questions about MoDOT activities. Concessions were available, along with activities for young children and music. Visitors met Cheez the mascot from the Missouri Mavericks, Buckle Bear and Barrel Bob and Barrel Betty (MoDOT’s work zone safety ambassadors) all in the hopes of staying safer in work zones.
See all the photos on MoDOT Kansas City's flickr site.