Better Roads

July 2014

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Special Report: Traffic Safety 16 July 2014 Better Roads F ollowing the death of Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) department member Clifton Scott, the agency took the tragedy and used it as the impetus to further inform and edu- cate drivers about work zone safety. The agency has been informing and educating driv- ers about work zone safety, and MoDOT has produced major safety campaigns since 2003 to reduce work zone-related crashes. In the past, MoDOT says pri- mary efforts have been focused on what would be viewed as traditional highway work, with long-term, stationary lane closure and major construction. In 2013, MoDOT's work zone campaign, "Don't Zone Out," focused instead on short-term and moving highway opera- tions. The American Road & Transportation Builders Associa- tion Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) lauded MoDOT for its efforts by awarding the agency with First Place in the Work Zone Safety Awareness Award last year. (Award submissions for this year are being accepted through July 18 at The change in direction came from the department's transition to more of a maintenance-focused program, and the desire to help motorists safely navigate around the variety of moving highway opera- tions they encounter – sparked by the death of Scott in September 2012. Scott had just established traffi c control following a colli- sion on eastbound Interstate 70 in Independence, Missouri, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle passing through by Tina Grady Barbaccia After one of the agency's own dies in a work zone crash, the Missouri DOT uses it to teach motorists about safety and garners award for its efforts.

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