The State Transportation Department (MoDOT) hopes Missourians are understanding when they see construction zones that are abandoned during periods of heavy rain. MoDOT’s Kristi Jamison says severe weather can be very dangerous for work crews.
"Normally rain, if it’s heavy enough," said Jamison. "Will delay projects that we have going out there on the road because it could cause dangerous situations for our workers – especially if there’s lightning present."
It’s difficult for drivers to see during heavy downfalls, and that puts the lives of MoDOT workers at risk. Deep water on the roads isn’t safe, either.
"If we have a lot of water accumulating," said Jamison. "It can make it dangerous for the workers that we have out on projects."
While workers won’t be getting much done in construction zones during very wet weather, transportation officials still want to know about areas in which there is flooding caused by heavy rains. MoDOT crews need to put up barriers to keep motorists away from danger zones. To report a danger zone contact MoDOT at 888-ASK MODOT.