The public is invited to the 11th annual Missouri Department of Transportation Big Truck Night on April 9 in Lee’s Summit.
The free event, which helps kick off Work Zone Awareness Week from April 9-13, gives people of all ages th chance to see MoDOT equipment up close and speak with department employees from 4 to 7 p.m. at the District Office, 600 N.E. Colbern Road in Lee’s Summit.
Big Truck Night also will feature games, demonstrations and the chance to meet Buckle Bear and Barrel Bob with the goal of increasing work-zone safety and awareness.
“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,” MoDOT KC District Engineer Brian Kidwell said. “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.”
Since 2000, there have been 19 MoDOT employees killed in work-zone crashes and another 59 people were killed with 3,809 injured in work-zone crashes between 2012 and 2017.
Road work coming to Missouri 150
Starting April 5, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced various lanes closures in both direction in both directions on Missouri 150 between Ward Road and Arboridge Drive.
Lane closures will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays until April 26 as crews construct new traffic signals at the intersection of Arborlake Drive and Stoney Cree Drive. All work is weather-permitting.