Mar 22 2017

St. Louis County Transportation Department and MoDOT Host Run/Walk To Highlight Work Zone Awareness


St. Louis County’s Transportation Department is teaming up with Missouri’s Department of Transportation to host a 5-kilometer run and One-Mile Walk/Run in Chesterfield on April 1 at 8:00am. The event will honor road workers killed or injured on the job and to help remind motorists of the need to be alert while driving through work zones.

“The spring construction season is quickly approaching, and that means drivers will regularly be encountering transportation personnel working on or near a road - repairing curbs, trimming trees in the right-of-way and pouring new concrete pavement,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said. “Next month’s run and walk will help remind the driving public that they literally have the power of life and death in their hands when they drive through these work zones. We consider it a privilege to participate in this very important event, and encourage all St. Louis County citizens to join us.”

St. Louis County will be joined in the annual Work Zone Awareness 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk by Missouri’s Department of Transportation personnel and numerous private partners. National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7.

Less than a year ago, MoDOT maintenance worker Lyndon Ebker was killed while working on a bridge in Franklin County. Numerous other state and St. Louis County road workers have been injured on the job in recent years.

“April is the time when you start to see a dramatic increase in the number of construction and maintenance crews out on the roadways and we do our best to mark our work zones and be visible.  This is the fourth year we’ve included the run as part of our efforts to educate the public about work zone safety, and we need motorists to help us. The recent loss of Lyndon and other fallen workers over the years is the starkest reminder of what’s at stake. This is about saving lives and if we all work together, everyone can go home safely,” said Tom Blair, MoDOT’s assistant district engineer.

Please visit the following web site if you’re interested in participating in next month’s walk and run: https://www.athlinks.com/event/work-zone-5k-132863