SIKESTON - As you drive across Missouri this April, you may see more orange than normal. No, it won't be the usual cones and barrels seen as MoDOT is working on the roads. This orange will be found on buildings, landmarks and businesses across the state and is designed to remind you just how important it is to slow down when you see a work zone.
Operation Orange will be in full swing April 6-10 during National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. MoDOT has asked cities, businesses and organizations to partner to raise awareness of work zone safety. By turning the lighting orange on their offices and landmarks, area partners are helping to raise awareness of the precious lives driving through and working in Missouri's work zones.
"There is nothing more important to us than making sure that people get safely through our work zones as we improve their travel and that our employees get safely home after a job well done," said MoDOT District Engineer Mark Shelton. "Anything we can do to remind people the importance of slowing down, staying alert and obeying the work zone signs can truly save lives, and it is worth every effort."
Operation Orange Ceremony-Monday, April 6
A ceremony will be held on Monday, April 6, at 3 p.m. to honor the men and women who serve the public in work zones and remember those who have lost their lives there. The ceremony will be held at the Glenn Convocation Center at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus. MoDOT workers, along with area city and county workers have been invited to attend the ceremony. The public and media are also invited to attend.
Anticipated guest speakers include:
· Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson
· Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper, Lt. Jim McNiell
· MoDOT Maintenance Superintendent Randy Richardet
· MoDOT District Engineer Mark Shelton
Local Water Towers, Buildings & Signs Go Orange
Southeast Missouri Residents will see plenty of orange in April. Participating organizations to temporarily light orange in an effort to make work zones safer include:
· New Madrid Welcome Center, New Madrid/Marston
· Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop E, Sikeston office
· Sikeston Department of Public Safety-four locations in Sikeston
· Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce
· Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission, Dexter
· City of Farmington's water tower
· Jackson City Hall
· Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, Cape Girardeau
· MoDOT District Office, Sikeston
A complete listing of Operation Orange participating locations statewide is available on MoDOT's website at http://www.modot.org/operationorange/. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).