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October 22, 2015

Central Office

Districts
Northwest
Northeast
Kansas City

by Tammy Wallace

Central

MoDOTs first Stand Up for Safety Day happened earlier this month. Employees around the state took time from their busy
schedules to come together and talk about what we can do to work more safely.

St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

Individuals from a wide variety of organizations like the Highway Patrol, Department of Natural Resources and the Division of
Fire Safety, just to name a few, shared best safety practices and gave visual demonstrations to district and division work units.
Employees shared first-hand experiences of near misses and remembered accidents, discussing tactics to make sure these
situations never happen again. PPE was checked and replaced, facilities were checked and equipment was tested. And thats just
the tip of the iceberg.
Districts and divisions are preparing reports of the days activities, which will be collected and organized into a summary
document. When completed, the summary will be shared with MoDOTs Commission and employees.
Below is a photo collage of Stand Up activities from around the state. Check the district pages in this edition of Connections to see
more on Stand Up for Safety Day. To view all photos, visit the statewide and district flickr sites http://www.modot.org/flickr/index.htm.

Don't Miss Out - Benefits Deadlines Nearing!


Deadlines to sign up for dental and vision, medical plan and cafeteria plan are coming up. Don't miss out! Make note of these
deadlines, website links and contact information below.
Oct. 31

Dental and Vision MCHCP

www.mchcp.org

1-800-487-0771

Nov. 13

Medical Plan

http://www.modot.org/newsandinfo/benefits.htm

1-877-863-9406

Dec. 1

Cafeteria Plan

www.mocafe.com

1-800-659-3035

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New Medical Plan Option FAQs


More Frequently Asked Questions on the New High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA)
option.
Employees are encouraged to review all of FAQs and other information on the website at
http://modot.org/newsandinfo/benefits.htm and attend one of the workshops being held in the districts and Central Office to see if
this new plan would be beneficial for you. You can also contact employee benefits staff at 877-863-9406.
Q. How will it work for people who start in November?
Will they be able to join the HDHP plan on January?
A. Yes, they would need to enroll in the PPO plan for
December. They would need to submit enrollment
paperwork to switch to the HDHP effective 1/1.
Q. Is there a maximum balance I can have in my HSA?
A. No, you can grow it to any sum.
Q. Can someone make a lump sum contribution to their
HSA with their annual leave and comp time payout?
A. Yes, but you cannot exceed the maximum annual
contribution amount.
Q. Will we allow the retirees who decide to choose the HDHP to switch back to the PPO plan?
A. Yes, but they will only be able to change with an effective date of 1/1.
Q. Is it possible to transfer deferred compensation money into an HSA?
A. Yes. You cannot do a direct rollover, however. You would have to withdraw the money from deferred compensation and then
deposit it to the HSA. This would be subject to any fees for taking a deduction from the deferred compensation plan.

The FAQs of SharePoint


by Chris Kelly
SharePoint is a Microsoft Office product which integrates with Word, Excel, Outlook and other Microsoft office products. It
has been in use since 2001 as MoDOTs document management tool. SharePoint will serve as a central hub for the storage
and retrieval of documents and media.
Where are we now?
The SharePoint team is meeting with each division to lay out a plan and help with the migration of the files stored on the J:
and P: drives to SharePoint. The team is excited to announce the following divisions are completely migrated: MC,
Directors Office, IS, EO and HR. The following departments will also be migrated in the near future: CC, CR, CS, EC,
GR, GS and RB.
How can SharePoint Help Me?
Have you ever been assigned a document and
asked to provide comments amongst multiple
team members?
Scenario: Original Document is created (copy
number 1). An email is then sent to 5 employees
with the document attached; now there are 6
copies of the same document. If each employee
saves the document to their respective J: drive
folder, thats 5 more copies of the same document
(original copy + 5 copies stored in Email archive
+ 5 copies saved to other locations = 10 copies

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of the same document). This scenario can go on


and on and consume large amounts of storage.
SharePoint allows users to collaborate on a single
document in one location.
How can I share documents or allow others to see
documents?
Permissions can be assigned to the sites and
libraries within SharePoint. This allows for
different levels of access to those documents such
as read-only or editing and deleting abilities.
Different permissions can be assigned to different
users based on their business needs.
Why must I check out a document?
This is a setting which can be turned on/off per
storage location. It is best suited for locations
which allow multiple users to contribute to the
same document(s). It allows a user to lock a
document for editing while they add their own
comments. Once they have completed their changes, the user can then check the document back in for the next user to make
changes.
When used in conjunction with Versioning, it can also track changes over the life of the document, view who and when
changes were made and allow an older version of the document to be restored to a current version as needed.
These features ensure users are viewing the most current copy of a document, thus eliminating the need for multiple copies
and outdated documentation saved to various locations.
My Sites: What are they? What should I do with them?
My Sites are the personal aspect of SharePoint. It allows users to store work-related documents not intended for
collaboration purposes. In other words, if the documents are needed to perform your job duties, or needed by others in your
area in order for them to perform their job duties, they belong in your collaboration area, not in a personal My Site.
My Site Things to know:
Your My Site is limited to 500 mg total. Anything classified as working documents for your unit should not be stored here.
There are two libraries created in your My Site for your use:
Shared - Everyone in MoDOT can see
Personal - Only the My Site Owner can see these documents. This would be a good location to store your Maps, Expense
Reports or Leave Requests
What resources are available to help me with my SharePoint questions?
We have over 220 trained representatives from each division to help our users with their needs. If youre unsure of your
SharePoint division/district contacts, please see SharePoint Contacts. For individual training or questions on topics in
SharePoint, please visit Training Information Site.

Some Things Aren't Worth Chancing


Motorists reminded to drive safely around big trucks
By Kelly Jackson

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Commercial motor vehicles (CMV) are an important part of our nation's economy. They carry goods from coast to coast and make
up 20 percent of all traffic on Missouri's interstates.
During Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 18-24, along with statewide educational efforts, law enforcement will actively pull
passenger vehicles and trucks over for unsafe behavior, issuing citations for all manner of violations, from speeding to failure to
obey a traffic device, to DUI's.
Crashes involving tractor trailers don't happen very often, but
when they do, the disproportionate size of a truck versus a
car means those crashes can often involve serious injuries or
worse. Research shows that in the majority of these crashes,
drivers of passenger cars unnecessarily endanger themselves
by not paying attention and driving recklessly around big
trucks. That's why it's so important for all motorists to drive
safely around big trucks. There were 111 people killed in
Missouri traffic crashes involving a CMV in 2014, with 25
being drivers/passengers of the CMV.
There's no room for taking chances around big trucks - they
require big room. "We don't want you to take any chances
when it comes to safely moving around big trucks," said Bill
Whitfield, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri
Coalition for Roadway Safety. "Please pay attention."
Don't cut off large trucks or buses. Make sure you can
see the top of the truck or bus in your rearview mirror
before moving back into your original lane.
Stay out of the "No Zone". Big trucks have large blind
spots on either side and up to 200 feet behind a
vehicle. Pass only on the left side.
Watch your following distance. Keep a safety cushion
around trucks. Can you see the truck's side mirrors?
If not, the driver cannot see you.
"Commercial motor vehicle drivers are required by federal law to follow strict safety guidelines, including mandatory seat belt
usage and hands-free cell phone devices," said Colonel Bret Johnson, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
"Failure to do so can result in violations and can affect both the driver and company's safety score."
For additional information regarding roadway safety, or other transportation-related topics, contact the MoDOT Customer Service
Center toll free, at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636). For more information on the Operation Safe Driver Campaign, visit
http://savemolives.com/campaigns/details/operation-safe-driver-awareness-week.

What's Happening
2015-2016 Arbor Day Poster Contest
Once again the Missouri Community Forestry Council, Missouri
Department of Conservation and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri is
sponsoring Missouri Arbor Day Poster Contest for 5th grade students.
Fifth grade students are encouraged to design posters to reflect this
years theme and educational curriculum, "Trees Work For Wildlife And
People," using their imagination to show why they like trees so much!
Posters must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1, 2015 to enter the
content.

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For contest rules and all the details, click on the attached Trees Work for Wildlife And People flier, and visit the website at
http://mocommunitytrees.com/arbordaypostercontest/201516postercontest.html.

Capital Fellowship Program

Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs Capital Fellowship


Program provides opportunities for high potential mid-career state
employees to attend the Master of Public Affairs program.
The application deadline for students interested in applying for funding for the Spring 2016 semester is Nov. 15, 2015. See all the
details on this flyer - Fellowship Program.

October Retirements
Ronald D. Ettinger NW 32 years
Ervin H. Fackler NE 31 years
John W. Gabathuler CD 30 years
LeRoy E. Bauer CD 30 years

Douglas R. Garner CD 25 years


Michael T. King SL 31 years
Randy L. Garrison SW 26 years
Tommy E. Smith SE 27 years

Freddie L. Taylor SE 27 years


Willie C. Hawkins SE - 27 years
Mark S. Ham SE 17 years

Larry Barber
Former D10 September 29
Royce Gates
Former D10 September 30
William Ketron
Former D4 September 30
Richard Hamilton
SL October 1

Jerry Hamacher
Former D5 October 3
Marge Tellman
CO October 6
Joe Howles
NW October 10
Bobbie Mallicoat
Former D7 October 13

In Memoriam
Robert Taylor
Former D1 September 21
Kenneth Biesemeyer
Former D5 September 21
Joseph Hicks
SW Septmeber 21
Richard Murphy
Former D4 - September 26

James Bridges
Former D10 September 28

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Missouri Department of Transportation news and
feature articles that connect employees statewide.
Communications - MoDOT
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573.751.2840 / www.modot.org
Editor: Tammy Wallace

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Stand Up for Safety at Central Office


All divisions at Central Office participated in the first Stand Up for Safety Day earlier this month. Below is just a sample of
some of the activities that took place that day. To view all photos from Central Office, visit MoDOT's flicker site Stand Up for Safety.

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St. Louis
Southwest
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During the personal protection equipment checks,
Communication Director Fay Fleming models her safety
vest, which was properly secured with velcro closures.

Captain Jerry Blomberg with the Jefferson City Fire


Department gives a demonstration on how to properly use a
fire extinguisher to employees with the Information Systems
Division.

Sergeant Scott White, with the Missouri State Highway


Patrol, explains to Devin Frank, resource management
analyst with Financial Services, and to employees from
several divisions, how alcohol impairment simulation
goggles work to demonstrate the effects alcohol has on a
person.

Tim Taylor, senior risk management specialist, talks with the


Traffic and Highway Safety Division about building security
issues.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Think pink! If the world suddenly seems awash in pink, its because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This month, many people will wear pink and participate in events to recognize survivors of the disease, remember those
who lost their battles, raise awareness about prevention and raise funds for breast cancer research.
Highlights in this issue include:
Tips for preventing breast cancer
Guidelines for early detection
Tips for healthy family meals
Click here for Octobers Coventry Newsletter Breast Cancer Awareness.

Cool Weather Reminder


on Personal Heaters
With cooler temperatures just around the corrner, General Services begins focusing on the impact cool weather has on
MoDOT facilities. One particular item for employees to keep in mind is that personal heaters are not allowed in our
facilities for safety reasons, including:
MoDOTs electrical systems are not designed to accommodate
the electrical requirements of the personal heaters, and
Personal heaters are a potential fire hazard. While the heater
may have a temperature control, the element may be hot. Papers
or cardboard may be inadvertently close to the unit with the
possibility of creating a fire.
Supervisors need to ensure their staff is aware personal heaters cannot be used. If you have concerns regarding the
temperature of a work area, please submit a service request to the facilities staff, who can address the temperature concerns.
We all want to keep everyone safe during cool weather.

Central Office Happenings


Missouri State Employees Blood Drive
Sponsored by Governors Office Building
Oct. 23 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Governors Office Building - Conference Room 450
200 Madison Street, Jefferson City
All presenting donors will receive a complimentary MIZZOU blood
drive t-shirt, while supplies last!
Complimentary pizza will also be available to donors after their
donation.
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org, and enter
sponsor code MOState.
For additional questions, please contact Robert Veth at robert.veth@dss.mo.gov.
Walk-ins are also welcome.

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Mammography Mobile Van


Ellis Fischel Cancer Center from Missouri Health Care
Nov. 6 beginning at 8:30 a.m. - 601 West Main
Open to all Central Office or Central District female employees
To sign up, you must be 40 years of age or older. Women under 40
years of age with a family history of breast cancer can be seen for a
mammogram screening with a doctors order. Women who are
pregnant or breast feeding should not schedule an appointment with
the mobile van.
Most insurances cover one mammography screening a year, so check
with your provider. If you have Coventry, it will cover a yearly
mammogram as long as you are older than 40 years of age or have a
doctors order.
There are 26 spots open for screenings, and they are open on a first- come, first served basis. To register, email Amanda
Woody amanda.woody@modot.mo.gov - by Oct. 29.
More information is available on these two documents Tips, Guidelines.

Mentor/Mentee Workshops
Do you want to enhance your leadership skills? Boost your career and professional competencies? Would you like to see an
increase in employee morale and engagement? Then look no further these fun-filled interactive workshops are for you.
Mentor Workshop
Nov 3 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
830 MoDOT Drive Gold Room

Nov 5 1 to 2 p.m.
Central Office - Room 303

This workshop will leave you ready and excited to be the most effective mentor you can be. Learn how to effectively
engage your mentee in order to provide the best experience possible. You will also learn more about yourself and what you
have to offer as a mentor.
Go to MoDOTU and search Mentor Workshop under course code 92014 to enroll.
Mentee Workshop
Nov 3 1 to 2:30 p.m.
830 MoDOT Gold Room

Nov 5 - 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Central Office - Room 303
This workshop will leave you ready and
willing to engage in a mentorship. Come and
learn how to find the best mentor for you and
why having a mentor is one of the best things
you can do for your career. Learn how to be
an effective mentee and how to gain the most
out of your experience. You will learn about
yourself and what you want to strengthen in
your career.
Go to MoDOTU search Mentee Workshop
under course code 92014 and enroll.

Mentor Supervisor Training


Nov 4 - 10:30 a.m. 12 p.m.
Central Office - Room 206
Learn how and why mentoring is so effective in the workplace. Learn what you can do as a leader in MoDOT to encourage
your employees to use this valuable program to their benefit. Gain a new understanding and perspective about what
mentoring has to offer your employees, you and MoDOT as a whole.
Go to MoDOTU search Mentor Supervisor Training under course code 92014 and enroll.
For questions, contact Beckie Brietzke - 573-522-9482.

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Missouri Department of Transportation news and
feature articles that connect employees statewide.

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


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One Team MoDOT


The call came in around 9:30 a.m. from the St. Joseph Communications Center. The dispatcher said they were closing
Interstate 29 in both directions in a four-mile section around Route 6 (Frederick Avenue) in St. Joseph. Also, Frederick
would also be closed in the same area. The dispatcher then asked if MoDOT could please bring out barricades and other
traffic control devices as soon as possible to aid in the closure. Then, they told Senior Customer Service Representative
Shelly Aebersold the reason for the closure: a shooting and hostage situation at a local hotel at the intersection of I-29 and
Frederick.
Thats when One Team MoDOT kicked into gear. Aebersold placed a call to Assistant Maintenance Supervisor Jim Bosley
and updated him on the situation and what the Communications Center had requested. Bosley mobilized his forces along
with help from the Regional Bridge Crew to get barricades placed and staffed. Aebersold was the only Communications
employee in the office that day, so Executive Assistant Jamie Fergison, Senior Administrative Tech Dee Culver and Senior
Financial Services Tech Melanie Noel jumped in to help notify other MoDOT departments (EOC, Motor Carrier Services,
etc.) of the closure and help out answering the barrage of phone calls that soon began pouring in.
With traffic rerouted off the interstate, other routes soon became congested as motorists sought alternate routes to get
through town. Signal electricians and traffic engineers were dispatched to manually monitor the traffic flow and make
appropriate changes to the signals as needed throughout the emergency situation.
Maintenance and traffic personnel were out for the duration of the eleven-hour standoff, thankfully out of harms way. Law
enforcement officers from several agencies, including some from the Kansas City area, worked tirelessly often while
being shot at to resolve the situation peacefully. The hostage did suffer a gunshot wound to the arm, but is expected to
make a full recovery and the suspect was taken into custody.
Thank you to everyone involved. Thank you for not saying, Thats not my job. Thank you to everyone who stepped up
and asked what they could do to help. This situation could have ended very differently. The entire day could have been
more chaotic than it already was, but thanks to the cooperation of our employees across different departments and crews,
along with the excellent working relationship we have developed with law enforcement officers in our region, the
emergency situation went as smoothly as possible and had a positive outcome.

Photo from KQ2 - Drone footage of the police emergency


shows law enforcement vehicles parked in the middle of
Route 6 and and empty interstate as the hostage
situation played out.

Photo from Fox 26 KNPN - Traffic was routed off


Interstate 29 between U.S. Route 36 and U.S. Route 169
north. The four-mile section of roadway was closed for
approximately 11 hours.

Photo from KQ2 - Several crews from MoDOT were called


into action to close off Interstate 29 and Route 6. Above,

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a MoDOT worker sets up channelizers at Route 6 and


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This still photo from a MoDOT traffic camera shows


southbound Interstate 29 traffic being diverted at U.S.
Route 169 north, Exit 50.

Northwest District Stands Up For Safety


Below are photos taken across the Northwest District during the Stand Up For Safety day:

The regional bridge crew used part of the day to practice


fall protection and rescue techniques.

General Service and Information Systems teamed up to


do safety inspections on pool vehicles.

Maryville maintenance checked the cabs of all equipment


for safety gear, including fire extinguishers.

Lathrop Senior Maintenance Worker Jeff Jones presented


to his co-workers during Stand Up For Safety day.

Intermediate Construction Inspector Nathan King


ensures that the first aid kit in this truck at the
Chillicothe Project Office is fully stocked.

Princeton maintenance made sure all their hard hats


were clean and inspected for wear and tear and damage.

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Roadside Intermediate Maintenance Worker Mitch Dunlap


explained beads used in striping to several district office
employees during afternoon sessions, including Risk
Management Technician Danielle Lankford.

Gallatin Senior Maintenance Worker Clint Cole happily


pitched in during his building's spill drill.

Several buildings used this time to inspect and organize


their sign inventory, including Maryville maintenance,
pictured above.

Many buildings took advantage of the beautiful weather


to run through a spill drill. Princeton maintenance is
pictured above.

For more info

Comments & Suggestions

Marcia Johnson
Communications Specialist
Northwest District
816.387.2495
Marcia.Johnson@modot.mo.gov

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

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Our mission is to provide a world-class


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Expect the Unexpected: A Close Encounter


On Sept. 17, Clint Ford received a phone call regarding a customer working on a personal
driveway on MoDOTs right-of-way without a permit. Clint had recently received the title
of maintenance supervisor in Warrenton, and saw this as an opportunity to meet and help a
customer in his new area. He decided to bring along the new Warrenton Assistant
Maintenance Supervisor, Jason Walton, to meet the customer and assess the situation.
Id only been working for Warrenton for a couple of months, and Jason had only been
here for a few weeks, so I thought this would be a good experience for us both to meet a
customer, Clint said.
The customers property was located on Route F, south of Wright City. When Clint and
Jason arrived on the scene, the customer appeared to be working on his driveway, located
on MoDOTs right-of-way. Clint asked the customer what he was doing, and the customer
responded, pouring a driveway. Clint then asked the customer if he had obtained a
permit for the work. That was when the customer became agitated.
I just asked the customer if he had a permit, and then he started cussing and yelling at us.
He told us to get off his property. After that, he picked up a 2x4 and raised it like a
baseball bat towards us. I stood my ground because I didnt want him to come after me
with it. He finally backed down and told us to take our truck off his driveway, Clint
explained.
Clint began moving the truck while Jason spotted him. The customer then complained that
it took two men to move a truck. Jason explained that it was a safety precaution, and then
Clint and Jason left the customers property.

Pictured: Clint Ford (top)


and Jason Walton (bottom)

The customer has not contacted MoDOT about obtaining a permit, and has appeared to have stopped work on his
driveway. MoDOT employees are not to do any road work near the customers home without county or state law
enforcement present. Clint and Jason learned a valuable lesson from this close call encounter.
If youre going to meet with a customer, take someone with you, Clint said. I would recommend it because you never
know what you might encounter. You might need assistance, a witness, or even someone to help you out of a dangerous
situation, he added.
As always, make safety a priority. Protect yourself, your coworkers and customers, and never hesitate to ask for help.

Stand Up for Safety


On Oct. 8, the Northeast District took part in various activities and learning opportunities for Stand Up for Safety day.
Pictured are some of the activities that were held.

Pictured is the Bowling Green crew conducting truck


inspections which were completed by many
maintenance crews that day.

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Stretching exercises were one of many activities for


the day. Pictured is the Elsberry crew getting
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Pictured is the New Florence crew using absorbent pads


to practice helping with a spill.

Marion County Sheriff's office shared some valuable


information with the Work Life Center employees on
the do's and don'ts during an active shooter situation.

Employees went over the proper use of an AED machine


that could be needed in a medical situation.

Pictured is the Shelbina crew practicing a spill drill.

Several crews began their day with meetings. Pictured


is the Troy maintenance facility gathered together.

Crews spent some time inspecting their PPE.


Pictured is the Moberly crew.

Hannibal maintenance had a timber safety expert spend


some time with them that day.

Fire extinguisher safety was also a topic of the day.


Here, Janet Groenda in human resources, is shown
practicing properly using an extinguisher.

Around the District...

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MoDOT, along with Buckles, participated in Hannibal


Big Truck Night. Many children enjoyed the event.

Pictured is the final stages of work being done to


Coon Creek Bridge on Route J in Lincoln County. The
work was done as a bridge rehabilitation project that
replaced the deck and widened the bridge with
shoulders. The bridge is now back open to traffic.

KRCG, ThinkFirst Missouri and the Missouri Coalition


for Roadway Safety have partnered together for the
Focus on the Road campaign. Pictured here is
ThinkFirst speaking to a group of high school
students at Mexico High School as a part of that
campaign.

For more info

Comments & Suggestions

Marisa Ellison
Communications Manager
Northeast District
573.248.2502
Marisa.Ellison@modot.mo.gov

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

1711 S. Highway 61
Hannibal, MO 63401

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Mission
Our mission is to provide a world-class
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Kansas City District Fall Meetings


Offered Unique 1985 Theme
Recently, the KC District hosted its fall employee meetings to discuss benefits, safety, health and wellness, and more with a
unique twist. Employees were invited to "Party Like its 1985" to kick-off the meeting, and help celebrate the 30-year
anniversary for the Kansas City Royals baseball team's World Series win.
The day's events and presentations began with some interesting facts from 1985, including some of the projects MoDOT
was working on 30 years ago. In addition, employees were eager to show off some of their best dress from 1985 or
supporting the boys in blue with KC Royals gear while hearing some great topics and news from the district and across the
state.
Several employees took advantage of health screenings and flu shots to prep for the upcoming flu season. Other events
included mini games and basket raffle drawings hosted by the KC EAEC to raise money for the KC Employee Assistance
Fund. Thanks to the generosity from many employees, great prizes were awarded and more than $1,400 raised for the fund.

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Above, several of the KC District employees were sporting their Royals blue for the fall meetings.
Left, the KC Communications department showcased their
style representing one of the most popular movies from
1985, The Breakfast Club.
Below, employees played games to help raise money for
the KC Employee Assistance Fund.

KC District Stand Up for Safety Highlights

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Comments & Suggestions

Melissa Black
Communications Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
Melissa.Black@modot.mo.gov
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

600 NE Colbern Road


Lee's Summit, MO 64086

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Our mission is to provide a world-class
transportation experience that delights our
customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.

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October 22, 2015

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District Observes Stand Up for Safety Day


The Central District participated in the first Stand Up for Safety Day on Oct. 8. Below is just a sample of some of the
activities that took place. To view all photos from Stand Up for Safety Day at the Central District, visit MoDOT Central
District's Flickr site - Stand Up for Safety Photos.

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St. Louis
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District Team Mentors Capstone Class at MU


The University of Missouri-Columbia selected three of the Central Districts projects - the Columbia I-70 Bridges, the
Business Loop 70 interchange and the Rangeline/Route 763 interchange - to use as an exercise for their Civil Engineering
Capstone Class during the fall semester. District employees who are helping mentor the class are Project Manager Bruce
Green, Assistant District Engineer Travis Koestner, Project Designer Susan Ivy and Senior Construction Inspector Chris
Graham. MU students pictured below are (left to right) Cullen Ewen and Allie Gowen.

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Linn Maintenance Receives Customer Thank You


We visited our place (on Route P near Meta) this
past weekend. The right of way looks fantastic.
I had asked about cutting the grass from fence line
to fence line. The grass was cut from fence line to
fence line and I am writing to say it looks great.
Our ranch manager, Bill Haines, told us Highway
P looks the best it has ever looked in the 29 years
we have lived here.
Thank you very much and please pass along our
thanks to every person on the crew who really cares
about doing a great job.
- Rick Sullivan

Around the District

Pictured above is some of the recent work on the Central District Fallen Workers Memorial site. A Fallen Workers Memorial
Work Party is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. If you would like to volunteer to work on this day, you
can sign up for a work shift in the Central District customer service center or you can contact Communications Manager Sally
Oxenhandler at 573-522-3375 or sally.oxenhandler@modot.mo.gov.

Fun at the Fulton Fall Meeting


Laughs were found throughout the building during an age diversity exercise at the recent fall meeting in Fulton. Those present
got a chuckle reminiscing about years gone by and realized the similarities between age groups in the process.

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Comments & Suggestions

Sally Oxenhandler
Communications Manager
Central District
573-522-3375
Sally.Oxenhandler@modot.mo.gov

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

1511 Missouri Boulevard


P.O. Box 718
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Mission

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Our mission is to provide a world-class


transportation experience that delights our
customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.

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October 22, 2015

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St. Louis District Stand Up For Safety Day

Central Office

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Ballas maintenance crew members check road signs


to make sure they are clean and presentable for daily
maintenance operations.

Normandy maintenance crews work through a


demonstration of how to handle a fluid leak from a
fleet vehicle.

Construction and Material employees participate in a


Stand Up For Safety Family Fued activity.

Eureka maintenance revisit proper techniques of how


to ensure motorist can see themselves and their
signs while standing in a work zone.

St. Clair maintenance starts their Stand Up For Safety day


discussing objectives for the day's activities.
Bellefontaine maintenance members inspect their
hardhats to ensure that they have not expired.

Fall Meetings Embrace Diversity


by Shaunda White
MoDOT champions diversity and strives to be an inclusive organization that values and respects the differences of all
people. This year the St. Louis fall meetings offered employees an opportunity to enhance their diversity knowledge and
teamwork efforts through an interactive poll.

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"I am really excited about this activity. It allows us to take advantage of teaching moments based on the responses of folks
in the room," said Mollie LeBlanc, assistant to the district engineer.
The diversity activity included questions about learning styles, religion, educational levels, disabilities and age generations.
Some questions asked were:

Are you living with a disability?


What religion do you identify with?
Have you served in the military?
What is your learning style?
What generation are you?

Employees were able to anonymously answer the questions by using a remote clicker and the real time results were
displayed on an overhead screen.
I really thought the diversity activity was interesting. The questions really made you think. Overall, it was very informative
and I learned a lot from it, said Eric Fletcher, senior electrician.
The fall meetings also covered information about MoDOT statewide and district updates, health insurance changes,
retirement options, Voice of St. Louis enrollment and the district's charitable campaign.
This year there are 10 fall meetings throughout the district. The first one was held on Oct. 1 at the Wentzville maintenance
building and the last one will be on Nov. 6 at the Transportation Management Center in Chesterfield.

Voice of St. Louis Team Leader Keith Harangozo holds up


a Ride To Remember shirt for employees to purchase at
the fall meeting on Oct. 20.

Dave Kaercher takes advantage of getting his


annual flu shot at the fall meeting on Oct. 20.

Public Praises Motorist Assist Efforts


by Jessica Hochlan
Sitting on the side of the road with a broken down car can be scary, but three motorists are safe
and back on the road thanks to MoDOT motorist assist operators.
Tiesun Hochlan was personally recognized by interim Director Roberta Broeker for helping out a
stranded family on Interstate 44 after she received a letter from Demetra Ellis. Ms. Ellis was
traveling from St. Louis to Oklahoma when her car broke down. She expressed her gratitude that
Tiesun stayed with them until a tow truck arrived, but that he also provided them with water to
keep them hydrated during a triple digit day.
He has a caring approach and he is a true professional, said Ms. Ellis.
Tiesun says he was just doing his job. While the
recognition is nice, I did for her what I or another
of the other motorist assist operators would have
done for anyone from the traveling public who
was stranded out there, said Tiesun.

Ashley Hampton and her son after being


rescued by Motorist Assist.

In addition, an Illinois State Trooper called to


express his thanks to Matt Rankin for helping his
daughter on Interstate 64 after her car broke down
as she left Maryville University. The troopers
daughter called Matt polite and professional.

Tiesun Hochlan
photographed by
Demetra Ellis after he
helped her on I-44

Finally, Ray Miller was approached by a motorist who wanted to express her
gratitude to all the motorist assist operators out there. She recorded a video, which can be seen here.

For more info

Comments & Suggestions

Marie Elliott
Communications Manager
St. Louis District

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

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October 22, 2015

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Southwest District at Work

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RB VISITS THE DISTRICT Interim Director Roberta


Broeker visits with Branson Maintenance Supervisor
Jim Jewsbury. Broeker dropped in on the Branson
maintenance facility during Stand Up For Safety on
Oct. 8. (Photo/David Mitchell)

WHAT I USE IS SAFE (left to right) Intermediate


Maintenance Worker Joe Gundel, Senior Maintenance
Worker Darrel Arnold, Intermediate Maintenance
Worker Dustin Terry, Crew Leader Jesse Durossette
and Crew Leader Clay Vaught, all from the Cassville
maintenance facility, are part of a discussion about
personal protection equipment (PPE) during the
statewide Stand Up For Safety event. (Photo/David
Colf)

THERES A HOLE THERE Branson Senior


Maintenance Workers Ryan Ward-Melton (center)
and Joe Watson (right) inspect a pair of chainsaw
chaps during the Stand Up For Safety event at the
Branson maintenance facility. (Photo/David Mitchell)

UNMASKING SAFETY Branson Maintenance Worker


Jack Livingston (second from right) describes a
specific visor needed following a safety inventory of
equipment during Stand Up For Safety day.
(Photo/David Mitchell)

SAFETY DISCUSSION District Safety and Health


Manager Gary McLarry talks highway safety with
Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers near the I-44
and U.S. Route 65 interchange in Springfield.
(Photo/David Mitchell)

SUPERINTENDENTS MEETING Clinton Maintenance


Superintendent Johnny Mathews is part of a
discussion about budgets, winter operations and
safety during a meeting of district maintenance
superintendents in Springfield on Oct. 14.
(Photo/David)

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SUPERINTENDENTS MEETING District Maintenance


Engineer Michael Middleton leads a discussion on
budgets during a meeting of district maintenance
superintendents in Springfield on Oct. 14
(Photo/David Mitchell)

DDI TRAFFIC The newest diverging diamond


interchange in the district at U.S. Route 65 &
Battlefield Road in Springfield opened to traffic in
late September. Click on the image above to see a
short video of traffic flowing through the new
interchange.

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Comments & Suggestions

Jennifer Williams
Communications Manager
Southwest District
417.895.7713
Jennifer.Williams@modot.mo.gov

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

3025 E. Kearney
P.O. Box 868
Springfield, MO 65801

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Our mission is to provide a world-class


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customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.

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October 22, 2015

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Old Greenville Exhibit, Markers Highlight


Trail of Tears Route in Wayne County
A dedication ceremony was
recently held at Old Greenville to
unveil the new Trail of Tears
National Historic Trail Sign at the
Bettis Ford wayside exhibit, as
well as markers placed along the
original Trail of Tears route.

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Following the Indian Removal


Act of 1830, Native American
nations were forced to relocate
from areas east of the Mississippi
River to Oklahoma. The journey
became known by Native
Americans as Nunna Daul
Isunyi (the trail where they
cried) and is recognized today as
the Trail of Tears. As the name
suggests, the forced relocation
Click the image above to view a larger image of the Trail of Tears sign, which highlights
was a difficult and even deadly
the journey of the Benge Detachment in Wayne County.
*Use the zoom tool within Adobe Acrobat to read the sign's text.
journey for Native Americans, as
they faced hunger, disease and
extreme exhaustion. More than 4,000 Cherokees forced to march along the Trail of Tears died during the relocation or
shortly after.
The Trail of Tears route extends into Missouri, and the commemorative sign highlights the Benge Route in Wayne County.
When the Benge Detachment reached Old Greenville, the group had been traveling for nine weeks. They waded across the
St. Francis River at Bettis Ford, averaging 10 to 15 miles a day.
The Benge Detachments journey also included travel in Charleston, Benton and Jackson.
The project was a joint collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Trail of Tears Association,
National Park Service and MoDOT. MoDOTs Senior Historic Preservation Specialist Rusty Weisman led the ceremony.
The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail honors the Cherokee Nation, as well as other southeastern tribes including the
Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, Seminole and Chickasaw and preserves the history of this devastating event.

Stand Up for Safety: Southeast District


Stand Up for Safety Day was a success in
the Southeast District, with both new and
seasoned employees stating that they
learned something new.
Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger joined the
Fredericktown and Park Hills maintenance
crews as they participated in their Stand
Up for Safety Day events.
Hassinger began the day with the
Fredericktown crew and completed
hardhats checks and discussed near misses.
Later in the day, Hassinger met up with the
Park Hills crew to walk through the
equipment inspections. At both facilities,
he also fielded questions from employees.
Other maintenance teams and construction
employees across the district participated
in similar activities.

http://modot.org/southeast/connections_southeast.htm

Equipment inspections were part of the maintenance employees' Stand Up for


Safety events.

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At the District Office and Regional


Offices, employees participated in safety
scavenger hunts to locate various safetyrelated items, such as fire extinguishers,
GFCI outlets, AED and first aid cabinets,
and the fire alarm pull. The District Office
also welcomed Missouri State Highway
Patrol Trooper Steven Spain to discuss
facility safety.
The Southeast District is currently
constructing a list of the lessons learned
during Stand Up for Safety day. More
information regarding the top things
learned throughout the days events will be
released soon. If you have a particular
experience you would like to share from
Stand Up for Safety Day, please email
your thoughts to
marissa.robey@modot.mo.gov. Other
districts are also compiling their lessons
learned, and the knowledge will be shared
throughout the state.

Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger and several Fredericktown maintenance crew


members inspect their vests and hardhats.

Please visit www.flickr.com/photos/modot_se/albums/72157657325541593 to view photos from around the district.

Middle School Students Learn


More About MoDOT
Jackson Middle School students recently put their engineering
skills to the test. The students constructed gumdrop and toothpick
truss bridges and learned more about MoDOT!
This is one of the many ways MoDOT hopes to encourage the
future engineers of Missouri to pursue their love of science and
engineering.
MoDOTs Southeast District also holds an annual bridge building
competition for high school juniors and seniors. This years
competition will be held Nov. 19 at Cape West 14 Cine in Cape
Girardeau. For more information about the 12th Annual Bridge
Building Competition, please visit
www.modot.org/southeast/programs/BridgeCompetition.htm.

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Comments & Suggestions

Nicole Thieret
Communications Manager
Southeast District
573.472.6632
Nicole.Thieret@modot.mo.gov

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

2675 N. Main Street


P.O. Box 160
Sikeston, MO 63801

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links below:

Our mission is to provide a world-class


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customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.

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