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Trasportation Director goes to Work

April 4, 2005
By: Dan Frumson
State Capital Bureau

The Department of Transportaion Director did some work on the roads today, and at his desk at the same time. Dan Frumson has more from the state Capitol.

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After addressing reporters from a podium at a nearby park, Transportaion Director Pete Rahn walked up the hill to his desk in the middle of an Highway 63 work zone in progress, and sat down.

Rahn said the reason for the event was not to increase awareness of future department plans, but to increase awareness of the danger of the road workers'job environment.

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"As you can see, this is a preposterous situation. But it makes the point, that for thousands of people working all over Missouri fixing our roads, this is what they have to put up with every day."

Rahn said last year twenty-eight civilians and three Trasportation Department employees died because of accidents at work zones.

From the state Capitol, I'm Dan Frumson.

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In order to grap Missourian's attention, one government director took his work outside.

Dan Frumson has more from the state Capitol.

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At the Maude Hall Jones Roadside Park just north of Ashland on Route 63, Transportation Director Pete Rahn sat at a desk on the highway and addressed the media.

In addition to announcing different development projects for Route 63, Interstate 70 and Highway 54, Rahn said increased safety was his number one priority.

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"Last year, twenty-eight people were killed in work zones just like this, as well at three MoDOT employees. That is absolutely unacceptable. Our goal is zero."

Rahn said there is legislation currently in the State Assembly that would raise penalties for work zone violations.

But Rahn concluded that ultimately drivers have the most influence over the safety of work zones.

From the state Capitol, I'm Dan Frumson