Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Barrel Bob

Tony and I were driving through a construction zone on Route 141, a highway in our area that's being widened, and we saw this:

This was the most creative thing I've seen in quite some time. It's hard to make out, but the "worker" has a SLOW sign in his right hand. We did (after we stopped laughing).

After doing a little research, I found out that we'd met Barrel Bob, an eleven-foot tall sculpture made of recycled orange and white construction barrels. As "spokesperson" for work zone safety for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), his job is to warn motorists that they’re in a construction zone and need to slow down.

I wonder if I'll have any more Barrel Bob sightings soon?


  1. That's cute. We don't have anything entertaining like that here!

  2. I love it. We need him to come to California. We have had lots of highway worker injuries and deaths.

  3. What a fantastic way to get drivers to pay attention, you can't miss this.

  4. Creativity cannot be underestimated and Bob is definitely creative! Cute! Can't wait to see him in person. ;)

  5. Thanks for the post! Bob is traveling around Missouri this summer to help keep motorists and workers safe in work zones. It's a hot job, but he handles the pressure well. You can keep up with his travels and musings on his facebook page at He'll also make a live appearance at the Missouri State Fair. Please drive safe out there!
    Laura Holloway, MoDOT Customer Relations

  6. LOL I was up and down that acursed part of the highway the last few days and never saw him! Maybe he melted in the heat!