Image courtesy of MoDOT

For those driving along I-70 near Boonville this past week might have seen an eleven foot tall, bright orange structure.  It’s the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Barrel Bob.  He’s made out of orange and white recycled barrels and placed near highway work zones to remind drivers to slow down and pay attention.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Community Outreach Coordinator Melissa Black:

Melissa Black

Track Barrel Bob here.

Press Release from the Missouri Department of Transportation

BOONVILLE – A new face for work zone safety in Missouri is spending the next few days in mid-Missouri at the Boonville I-70 rest area. Standing at an impressive 11 feet tall and made from recycled orange and white barrels is the new statewide mascot, Barrel Bob.

Barrel Bob originated in Kansas City last year, appearing near highway work zones to remind motorists to slow down and pay attention. He plans to spend this summer touring the state to encourage safety in work zones.

In 2010, 15 people were killed in work zones across the state, an increase from 2009 when 13 people were killed. There were 1,033 people injured in 2010 work zones, compared to 676 in 2009. That’s an increase of almost 53 percent. Since 2000, 15 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty.