Here in Springfield, our drivers are no strangers to work zones. In recent
years, we've seen massive projects on heavily traveled roadways, including
Highway 65, James River Freeway, Kansas Expressway and Campbell Avenue,
just to name a few. While the end results have meant drastic improvements
to traffic flow, the construction process can be frustrating to drivers.
Unfortunately, it can also create an increased risk for
Recent Accidents in Missouri Work Zones
April 19: Last Thursday,
a chain reaction accident on Highway 6 near Novinger, MO caused minor injuries to 3 drivers - and major traffic
headaches for several others. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that
two vehicles were stopped at the edge of the work zone, waiting to be
flagged through a one-lane section of roadway. A third vehicle approaching
the zone rear-ended the second car, causing it to strike the first car.
All 3 drivers were taken by ambulance, treated at a local hospital, and released.
A driver was killed last Friday morning in the Interstate 270 work zone (between I-44 and Manchester Road, in
St. Louis County). 37 year-old Ronald Schuh was traveling north when another
vehicle changed lanes and struck his car. The force of the impact caused
both vehicles to travel across all 4 lanes of traffic: Schuh's car
was thrown into a rock bluff, where it overturned. The second vehicle
eventually collided with a median wall and a parked Missouri Department
of Transportation truck. Schuh was taken by ambulance, but he later died
as a result of his injuries. The Highway Patrol's crash report does
not list the second driver as being injured. Traffic was backed up for
several hours after the accident.
Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to Host National Work Zone
As summer approaches, Missouri drivers can expect to see even more construction
work zones on roadways throughout the state. According to
KCTV 5, MoDOT is planning to begin construction on more than 800 Missouri bridges
in the months ahead - almost every bridge in the state will see new construction.
Safety practices in these areas, then, will be of the utmost concern to