July 01, 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release

City asks for public's help in preventing construction-zone crashes

The City's Public Works department is asking for motorists' help in preventing construction-zone traffic accidents.

"Since June 13, we have had five accidents in our construction areas, and that's too many. All of the accidents were caused by drivers' inattention," said Interim Co-Director of Public Works Jonathan Gano.

Work-zone crashes are a problem nationwide. Statistics show that each year about 1,000 people die in work zones throughout America; 85 percent of those fatalities are drivers and their passengers.  According to preliminary reports released by the National Transportation Safety Board, the truck driver charged in the June fatal crash that injured actor Tracy Morgan was speeding through a construction zone on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Motorists are advised to be aware of safety hazards as they approach work zones. Below are some tips for driving in work zones.

For a live view of traffic flow and incidents please visit: www.ozarkstraffic.info

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For more information, please contact Jonathan Gano at 417-864-1961.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov