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WZAW 2017
Work Zone Season is Upon Us! Please slow down - those are our family and friends out there!


  • In 2016 seven people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and an additional one on the local system, for a total of eight fatalities.
  • In 2015 eight people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and one additional on the local system, for a total of nine fatalities.
  • Between 2010 and 2016, 37 people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and an additional six on the local system, for a total of 43 fatalities
  • Between 2010 and 2016, 2,383 people were injured in Missouri work zones on state system routes and an additional 784 on the local system, for a total of 3,167 injuries.
  • Since 2000, 18 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty.
  • The best defense in a work zone crash, or any crash, is a seat belt.
  • In 2016, 61 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities were not wearing a seat belt.


  • Work zones are no phone zones.
  • Hands free is no safer than hands on.
  • Reading a text message takes an average of 5 seconds. At 55 mph, you will travel more than the length of football field – blindfolded.
  • Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention as they drive through work zones.
  • These are our families and friends. They are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters.
  • Any time highway workers are present on a Missouri roadway – whether it’s a long term lane closure, a moving operation, or shoulder work – your safety and the safety of those workers depends on drivers’ focus and attention.
  • The top five contributing circumstances for work zone crashes in 2016 are: distracted/inattentive driving, following too close, driving too fast for conditions, substance-impairment and improper lane usage.
  • Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes, if safe to do so, when approaching MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and any other emergency vehicle with lights flashing. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles.
  • Motorists are required by law to slow down and change lanes when approaching MoDOT vehicles or law enforcement and emergency vehicles with lights flashing.
  • Motorists should take turns merging every other car where lanes are reduced or motorists need to move over for workers or emergency vehicles on the road.
  • Motorists can use MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org before they travel to find out where they will encounter work zones.
  • Motorists can fill out a work zone report card at www.modot.org to let crews know how they’re doing.

Link to Major Projects Page

For more information about MoDOT and other MoDOT projects you can also call 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) or click the "Contact Us" link above. In addition, MoDOT provides updated information on Twitter @MoDOTNorthwest and Facebook @MoDOTNWDistrict.
School Bus Stop Ahead Information for School Districts

School Bus Stop Ahead sign Are you a school district needing a School Bus Stop Ahead sign on a state highway? Click here to learn more about MoDOT's policies on School Bus Stop Ahead signs and the Missouri State Statute that covers such signs.
If you are a parent concerned about the safety of your student's school bus stop, please contact your school district's transportation official. They will contact MoDOT and together we'll come up with the best safety solution for the location.
Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals

MoDOT installed the first flashing yellow arrow turn signal in Northwest Missouri at the intersection of Hornet Drive and Route 190 in Chillicothe. Learn more about how to safely navigate through a flashing yellow arrow turn signal by clicking on the picture to the right.

Flashing Yellow Arrow illustration
Need a Speaker?

Lathrop Career Day

Looking for a guest speaker for your school, organization, club, business meeting or event? MoDOT offers speakers on a variety of transportation and highway safety topics. Call us at 816-387-2495 or email us and request your speaker today!


Video Safe & Sound Ceremony Sgt. Jackson Memorial Highway Move Over For MoDOT, Please
Safe & Sound Video Final Safe & Sound Bridge Ceremony Sgt. Isaac Jackson Memorial Highway Move Over For MoDOT, Please
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