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April 04, 2018 02:55 PM
Big Truck Night on April 9 to Kick Off Work Zone Awareness Week

April 2, 2018 – For immediate release                                                                         

LEES SUMMMIT – The public is invited to attend the Missouri Department of Transportation’s 11th annual Big Truck Night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 9, at its District Office at 600 NE Colbern Road in Lee’s Summit, MO. Big Truck Night is a fun way to help kick off Work Zone Awareness Week which runs April 9-13.

Big Truck Night gives people of all ages the opportunity to see MoDOT equipment up close and speak directly to some of the department’s employees. Visitors can tour maintenance trucks and other equipment, play games, see various demonstrations, meet Buckle Bear and Barrel Bob and other guests and all with the goal of educating attendees of the importance of the safety of all crews working on our nation’s roadways, as well as motorists who travel through work zones.

“Our ultimate goal every day is to get everyone to their destination safely – whether that be those traveling in our area or our workers on the roadways,” said MoDOT KC District Engineer Brian Kidwell. “Events like Big Truck Night are a great way to show everyone what we do and raise awareness so hopefully we can keep all of us a little safer out there.”

Between 2012 and 2017, 59 people were killed in work zone crashes in Missouri and 3,809 injured in Missouri work zone crashes. Since 2000, 19 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty. The most common causes of work zone related crashes are distracted driving and speeding.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).


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