With an increase of 52 percent fatalities in northeast Missouri over this time last year, there is continued effort to increase safety features along roads as well as up the educational effort. One of the features on roads that has been expanded include centerline rumble strips on two-lane roads that are being resurfaced. With approximately 24 miles of road resurfaced on Missouri Route 6 through Lewis and Marion Counties, MoDOT decided to include centerline rumble strips, along with the edge line strips, to the entire length of the project.
“In the last five years, we have had seven deaths on this stretch of road, five of those being head on crashes,” said Amy Crawford, area engineer for the Northeast District. “We have to do everything we can to bring that number to zero, so we decided to install the centerline rumble strips,” she said.
The leading cause of crashes on Missouri roads is running off the road, so by adding rumble strips, both along the centerline and edge line, they help alert motorists when they are getting out of their lane.
“It only makes sense to include this safety feature on the projects we are already planning to resurface,” said Crawford. Missouri is a leading state in using the strips for safety.
Other highways in the Northeast District that have centerline rumble strips in areas include U.S. Route 24, U.S. Route 54, U.S. Route 63 and Missouri Route 19.