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New technology JAWS keeping roadways clean, crews safe

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 19:29:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New technology is on the roadways keeping lanes clear and Missouri Department of Transportation workers safe.

The technology is called JAWS, Julie's Automated Waste-removal System. It's named after Julie Love, who lost her life in 2004 trying to clear debris off of I-435.

"What's so exciting about this vehicle is it removes debris without a person getting outside of the truck to move it," said Torrey Canady, MoDOT Vehicle Assist worker. "It saves time, it saves money and prevents a lot of accidents from occurring."

The technology was created by engineers right here in Kansas City and has been in the testing phase since last fall.

"It is equipped with a push bumper that moves debris and stalled vehicles out of lanes of traffic," said Canady.

The skid place can be lowered down onto the roadway to move the debris using a joystick. The operator is able to watch everything from a front camera that shows up on the rearview mirror.

The technology won a state-wide innovation award earlier this year.