Director displays danger to workers

Tuesday, April 5, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:24 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Monday wasn’t just another quiet day at the office for Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn.

He sat behind a desk, complete with a potted plant and a calculator, in a construction zone on northbound U.S. 63, fielding questions from the media as cars whizzed by.

“As you can see, this is a preposterous situation,” Rahn said.

Rahn was there to raise awareness about Work Zone Safety Week, which started Monday, and to demonstrate the risks that highway workers face every day.

Rahn said drivers must remember to be patient and smart as they navigate Missouri roads where construction is being done. An increasing number of highways will have work zones, given voters’ approval in November of a constitutional amendment that funnels more money to the Department of Transportation.

Last year, 28 drivers and three employees were killed in work zones, Rahn said.

“This is unacceptable; our goal is zero,” he said.

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