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MoDOT using special equipment to alert drivers about work zones

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (Heartland News at 9) - It’s Work Zone Awareness Week and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is using special equipment to alert drivers of work zones - and keep their staff out of harm’s way.

The Southeast District has 10 of automated flaggers, which can be set on a timer or controlled with a remotely from a safe distance.

One MoDOT worker said the automated flaggers make work zones more noticeable and gives them a few more seconds to respond to a dangerous situation.

Workers urge drivers buckle up, put their phones down and to drive slowly as they pass through the work zones.