March 26, 2015

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5K Run Kicks Off Work Zone Awareness Week

MoDOT employees, along with their families and friends, participated in a 5K run on March 21 in Chesterfield. The second annual 5K run is to create awareness of workers in work zones and to honor workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This event kicked off Work Zone Awareness Week, which was March 23 - 27.


5K Stretch before the Run

Fleet Feet representative helps participates stretch before the 5K begins.

5K All Ages Participated

Participates jog on South Outer Forty in Chesterfield as part of the 5K run.









Refreshments after the 5K

After the run, participates enjoy refreshments provided by corporate and private sponsors.

Face Painting at 5K

Holly Lewis (in gray) provides face painting for children at the event.









Pics with Memorials at 5K

Some participates take pictures in front of the Transportation Management Center with memorials that represent fallen workers within the St. Louis district.

Finalists with Mark Fresen

The top finalists of their age groups line up in a picture with Mark Fresen (sitting). Fresen is a former MoDOT employee who was injured while working in a work zone.

Missouri & Illinois Collaborate to Promote Work Zone Safety Message

MoDOT, IDOT, Law Enforcement and Contractors at Press Conference

District Engineer Greg Horn reminds motorists of the importance of paying attention in work zones on March 23 at the Work Zone Awareness Week press conference. The event included representatives from IDOT, Law Enforcement and construction contractors.

Officials in two states joined together with law enforcement and construction contractors to remind drivers of a simple message: Pay attention or pay the price.

Missouri and Illinois departments of transportation, as well as leaders from St. Louis County, shared that message with the background of construction on a project that impacts the region – ongoing ramp construction for the Congressman William “Bill” Clay Sr. (Poplar Street Bridge) between St. Clair County Illinois and St. Louis.

The joint press conference was held on March 23, the first day of National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. In the background sat a crushed truck mounted attenuator damaged by an inattentive driver and the flashing lights of an undamaged one. State and local official emphatically urged drivers to slow down and pay attention in work zones. Law enforcement officials provided a more stern caution, warning of the penalties for speeding in work zones, or for injuring or killing a worker in a work zone.

“As we work out on the roads to make them safer for drivers, we need drivers to watch out for us. We are all in this together,” said Gregory Horn, MoDOT St. Louis district engineer.


Mechanic’s Commitment to Education Lands Safety Recognition

Safety first is a common phrase and one not taken lightly here at MoDOT. For Daniel Deters, senior equipment technician, just saying it is not enough. He takes the extra step to educate employees daily on how to recognize and avoid potential injuries. His dedication to the safety of his co-workers has earned him safety recognition for February.

Dan Deters Mechanic
Dan Deters, St. Louis mechanic, checks the oil on a MoDOT maintenance truck. Deters explains the safety benefits of keeping the maintenance of the trucks up to date.

Deters was nominated by Cortez Frank, Hampton bridge maintenance crew leader.

Last month while Frank was operating a tow plow truck, he heard a hissing sound that he believed to be an indication of a ruptured hydraulic line. Deters was the mechanic on duty and came right out to inspect the truck.  

Deters not only confirmed and fixed the hydraulic line, he also took out the time to educate Frank on the dangers of hydraulics.

“While fixing my truck, Dan took the time out to explain that I should never put my hand on a cracked hydraulic line because they can release stored energy.  He also went into detail about being safe while working with hydraulics and the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be worn. He went above and beyond and that is why I nominated him,” said Frank.

In addition to the recognition, Deters will receive a safety PPE bag, two hours of paid time off and a Safety Employee of the Month certificate. 



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Marie Elliott
Customer Relations Manager
St. Louis District

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