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MHTC Announces New MoDOT Director


Patrick K. McKenna has been named the new director of MoDOT by the
Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The announcement was
made today at a press conference following the commission's monthly
meeting.

Central Office

"After a nationwide search, the commission knew Mr. McKenna had the
vision and experience to lead the department to a new level of success and
achievement," said Stephen R. Miller, chairman of the MHTC. Patrick
McKenna previously served as the deputy commissioner of the New
Hampshire Department of Transportation.

Districts
Northwest
Northeast

"I am excited and honored to take on the director's position at MoDOT," said
Patrick McKenna, new director of MoDOT. "Missouri faces a lot of
transportation challenges, but MoDOT's employees have proven time and
again they can handle it. The department's nationwide reputation for
innovation is proof of that."

Kansas City
Central
St. Louis

In his role as deputy commissioner, McKenna served as the chief financial,


operating and legislative officer for the organization. He has also worked in
leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Mr.
McKenna also worked for several years as the sole proprietor of a real estate
holdings company.

Southwest
Southeast

MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna was appointed


by the Commmission yesterday.

McKenna will replace Interim Director Roberta Broeker, who will return to
her previous position as MoDOT's chief financial officer.

For more information, and to download a high resolution image of Patrick


McKenna, please visit MoDOT's online newsroom at http://www.modot.org/newsroom.

View From the Chair


by Steve Miller, Chairman, Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission

MHTC Announces New MoDOT Director

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they dont necessarily want to go, but ought to
be. Rosalynn Carter
Given Missouris transportation crisis and our challenges with insufficient funding, there were those who questioned whether the
Commission could find that great leader. But great leaders willingly seek out and embrace a good challenge. That was the case
with respect to the Commissions search for a new Director.
We began the nationwide search last spring
through the exceptional work of our executive
search experts, Grant Cooper & Associates. They
spent several months connecting with leaders from
across the country in an effort to actively recruit
candidates that met the description of what we
were looking for in a new Director.
Meeting that description is no small task. We
needed someone who understands the relationship
between transportation and economic development
and the impacts on the quality of life for all
Missouri citizens. The Commission was looking
for a salesperson and innovator who is well versed
in the infrastructure funding challenges that exist
across the country. We were looking for someone with a track record of working collaboratively with elected officials, industry
leaders, and citizens in finding solutions through innovative funding and financing options. We were seeking a leader who will
lead, inspire, motivate, empower, and encourage creativity as the MoDOT team moves forward, as well as someone who
understands our values and the significance of sustaining a safe and inclusive organizational culture that continues to deliver
outstanding customer service.
The decision was not easy given the outstanding group of finalists willing to take on the role. We are thankful to have had such
tremendous talent to consider and greatly appreciate the fierce competition. The Commission was so impressed by the ease with
which the finalists handled the intensity of the process.
In the end, the Commission unanimously and with great enthusiasm arrived at the selection of Patrick McKenna. Patrick most
recently served as the Deputy Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, a role that is the chief
financial, operating, and legislative officer for the organization. Prior to that he held leadership positions in the public, private, and
non-profit sectors. Patrick began his professional career with the US Senate Office of the Secretary where he rose to the position of
CFO. He left government to lead a small business as a sole proprietor of a real estate holdings company. He then served as the
Chief Financial Officer of a statewide non-profit. Read More.

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Operations Teams Recommend


Changes for Efficiency
by Linda Wilson-Horn
In early 2015, MoDOT leadership created teams of employees to review what changes would have to be made to meet a reduced
operations budget with a projected future $325 million funding level. In July 2015, the revenue available to MoDOT turned out to
be higher than expected, thus the need to cut operations to the low funding level is no longer immediate. However, the teams
identified many operations practices that could be reduced or eliminated for efficiency.
The teams did a great job of identifying areas that can be
streamlined and are just good business practices, said
State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. Without
the extreme measures needed with reduced funding, we still
have more than one-third of the recommendations that can
easily be implemented now.
The changes are categorized into nine areas: facilities,
drainage, guardrail/guard cable/attenuators and delineators,
roadsides, roadway debris, division budgets, winter
operations, signing/lighting/ITS and striping. The
recommendations include: the proposed closing of more
rest areas, roadside parks and commuter lots; ways to
increase collection from property damage claims; reduce
litter pickup efforts; reduce sweeping in some areas; reduce
signal cabinet and controller replacements; reduce striping;
enforce the do not replace sign list; do not replace some
smaller informational signs; and overall sign and sign post
inventory reduction.
Operations staff will continue to move forward to implement these ideas. More information will be provided in these areas as the
changes are developed and ready for implementation.

MoDOT Research Project Receives


Sweet Sixteen Award
by Tammy Wallace
A MoDOT project on the safety of diverging diamond intersections has been selected as one of the nations top-16 research
projects by the Transportation Research Board and Research Advisory Committee.
The project, entitled Safety Evaluation of the
Diverging Diamond Interchanges in
Missouri, was researched by the University
of Missouri-Columbias Dr. Praveen Edara
and by MoDOT Research Engineer Jenn
Harper, who was the ventures project
manager. Harper was assisted by Traffic and
Highway Safety staff from Central Office
and the Districts.

Missouri DOT pioneered the diverging diamond interchange (DDI) in the United
States, aiming to reduce congestion and increase safety through the unique design
that allows motorists to make left turns without crossing opposing traffic.
Research Makes the Difference 2015 Newsletter.

Were very proud that this is the third time


in the last four years of the Sweet Sixteen
awards that a MoDOT research project has
been selected, said MoDOT Research
Administrator Bill Stone. It also shows
MoDOTs efforts with diverging diamond
interchanges are being recognized and
MoDOT is seen as a leader in that design.

Not only was the project recognized at the


TRB/RAC annual meeting, but it was also
selected for a formal presentation at an
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials meeting, given by Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. After the
presentation, Hassinger was presented with the award. The project will also be showcased at Januarys TRB annual meeting.
You can view the project and other related information here:
Safety Evaluation of the Diverging Diamond Interchanges in Missouri
Research Makes the Difference 2015 Newsletter
Sweet Sixteen National Submittals

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Annual Winter Operations Drill


by Linda Wilson-Horn
Snow is not in the forecast yet, but MoDOT staff want to be ready when winter weather is here. Yesterday, employees tested their
readiness for the upcoming winter season with a statewide drill.
The drill tests MoDOTs winter battle plan to ensure its readiness to get travelers back on Missouri roadways as quickly as
possible after winter storms.
Over 3,500 MoDOT employees are involved
in our winter operations, including every
maintenance crew across the state, said State
Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth.
The annual drill helps to make sure we all
know our roles during a storm and we can do
our jobs successfully.
During the drill, MoDOT employees reacted
to a simulated forecast of significant snow for
the entire state. The departments emergency
operations centers were activated and
maintenance employees deployed to their
trucks.
"One of the most valuable parts of the drill is
to measure our snowplow circuits by driving
routes we may have modified since the
previous winter season. As we open new
roads and lanes, we must modify our snow
removal plans," said Allmeroth. "It also
allows our newest snow fighters the
the drill, the traveler information map showed various conditions of roads,
opportunity to drive a snowplow over some During
from covered to normal.
of their proposed routes so they are aware of
obstacles and obstructions that might be hidden in a storm by snow or ice such as curbs and raised islands."
The drill isnt the only element to MoDOTs winter weather operations. All maintenance employees complete an annual winter
skills training that serves as a refresher course for plowing snow. The training assures that proper equipment operation, plowing
techniques and safety measures are fresh on employees minds as winter approaches. Every piece of equipment every truck,
motor grader, snow blower and tractor is inspected to ensure proper operation.
Our ultimate goal is to handle the first snowfall like weve been plowing snow all year, said Allmeroth. Careful planning and
preparation mean our crews can mobilize when needed and our equipment will be ready.
MoDOT annually spends about $47 million to keep roads clear in the winter and help ensure motorists get to their destinations
safely and quickly. Motorists can check on road conditions across the state, safe traveling tips and other winter weather
information by visiting www.modot.org.

New Medical Plan Option FAQs


Here are m ore Frequently Asked Questions on the New High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account
(HSA) option.
Remember, you have until Nov. 13 to sign up.
Employees are encouraged to review all of FAQs and other information on the website at

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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. I noticed that the total annual employer contributions
for the HDHP plan are greater than for the PPO plan.
The difference is small, but what is the reason?
A. We worked with our plan actuary on strategies to make
the value of the plans equal. Due to the savings achieved
through greater deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums,
the HDHP plan has a significantly lower value than the PPO
plan. The employers will be providing those savings to
subscribers enrolling in the HDHP plan through reduced
premium and employer contributions to the HSA. Regardless
of the plan in which you enroll, you will be receiving the
same value due to those variations.
Q. If I enroll a dependent, do I have to meet the entire family deductible before my coinsurance kicks in? Or does each
individual only have to meet the individual deductible amount?
A. If a dependent is enrolled into the plan, the full family deductible must be met before claims will pay under the coinsurance
level. The full family out-of-pocket maximum must also be met before the Plan begins covering 100% of the cost of approved
services.
Q. What happens if I do nothing during open enrollment?
A. You will remain in the standard PPO plan for 2016. Only people who enroll in the HDHP will join that plan.
Q. What other coverage can I have and still qualify for the HDHP with HSA?
A. (1) You can have additional insurance that provides only the following benefits;
Liabilities incurred under workers' compensation laws, tort liabilities or liabilities related to ownership or use of property.
A specific disease or illness
A fixed amount per day (or other period) of hospitalization

A. (2) You can also have coverage for the following:

Accidents
Disability
Dental/Vision Care
Long-term Care

USDOT Awards $500 Million in 2015 TIGER


Grants for Infrastructure Work in 34 States
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $500 million in 2015 TIGER grants to 39 infrastructure projects across the
nation, with one of the largest grants $25 million for a Midwest regional truck parking management system to be shared by
eight state DOTs.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the
projects aided by this year's grant program extend
to 34 states, and rural areas received 43 percent of
the awards for the highest rural percentage in seven
rounds of the program.
The grants go to a wide range of project categories:
highway, bridge, urban and rural transit, passenger
and freight rail, port and bicycle/pedestrian. "In this
round of TIGER, we selected projects that focus on
where the country's transportation infrastructure
needs to be in the future; ever safer, ever more
innovative and ever more targeted to open the
floodgates of opportunity across America," Foxx
said.
But the USDOT also said it received 627 eligible
applications from all 50 states plus several
territories and tribal governments, a total of $10.1
billion in project grants.
Foxx used the announcement to say the nation needs to invest more in its infrastructure. "Transportation is always about the
future," he said. "If we're just fixing today's problems, we'll fall further and further behind. We already know that a growing
population and increasing freight traffic will require our system to do more."
Among this year's awards is that eight-state grant to provide truck drivers with real-time information to make the best decisions
about where to find parking for their big rigs, with a regional parking information management system along interstates in Kansas,
Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The detailed list of awards includes a $20.8 million grant to the Texas DOT for rural transit. The Rhode Island DOT got $9 million
to help build a multimodal travel plaza on I-95 in Hopkinton. DOTs in Missouri and Illinois share $10 million to help replace the
87-year old Champ Clark Bridge on U.S. 54 across the Mississippi River from Louisiana, Mo. to Pike County, Ill.
Other DOTs also received grants for passenger and freight rail, multimodal, rural transit and ferry projects.

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What's Happening
Rough Day on the Job
MoDOT's work zone safety mascot Barrel Bob recently had a rough
day on the job after being set on fire in an apparent early Halloween
prank while at his post at U.S. Route 50/63 in Jefferson City. Bob
was found with severe burns on his legs and torso.
Check out the Central Districts page in this edition of Connections
to see how Bob is doing with his recovery process Central
District.

Financial Snapshot Available


MoDOT's 2015 Financial Snapshot is available on the website. This
document, prepared by the Financial Services Division, has a lot of
great information.
You can view here - Financial Snapshot.

EAC Minutes
Minutes from the Employee Advisory Council's August and September meetings have
been posted on the EAC SharePoint site. You can access them by using this link: EAC
Minutes August 2015.pdf, and EAC Minutes September 2015.pdf.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the EAC at eac@modot.mo.gov.

Third Quarter Tracker Available


The October 2015 MoDOT Tracker and Supplement are posted at:
http://www.modot.org/about/Tracker.htm.
The Tracker Focal Point and PowerPoint presentation will be posted prior to the next
quarterly Tracker Review meeting on Nov. 18.

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November Service Anniversaries


30 Years
Edward A. Montgomery - NW
Robert Neal Davidson - NE
Donald Eugene Duclos - SL
Daryl L. Swindle - SL
25 Years
Joseph T. Cooper - NW
Sherita Charmaze White - KC
Kent Howard - CD
Stephanie Lynn Green - CD
Jesse Leowen Earls - SE
Paul Joe Bollinger - SE
20 Years
Robert E. Lockard - NW
Mary Beth Miller - NW
Richard W. Sanders - NE
Ellen Gehringer - NE
Brian Leroy McMillian - CD
Ronald H. Rothove - CD
Michael Raymond Kempker - CD
Randall D. Lea - CD

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Missouri Department of Transportation news and
feature articles that connect employees statewide.
Communications - MoDOT
P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102
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20 Years Continued
Kevin Wayne Hageman - SW
Dennis S. Austin - SW
Gary M. Ragan - SW
Stanley Scott Snider - SE
Chris E. Berry - SE
Connie P. Robinson - SE
15 Years
Marisa L. Ellison - NE
Teresa G. Martin - KC
Bradley W. Kelley - KC
Jeffery Allen Keeven - CD
Jerry A. Lewis - SL
William F. Bernsen - SL
Randy Wayne Dorner - SL
Jeffrey W. Allen - SE
Charles R. Robinson - CO
Gari Lee Luttrell - CO
John David Hayden - CO
Tina Rose Thurman - CO
Bridget Dawn Feilbach - CO

Comments & Suggestions

10 Years
Christopher Lee Smith - NW
Brian K. Iles - KC
Michael Ray Atteberry - KC
Russell D. Rentel - KC
Todd A. Dettling - SL
Douglas Clark Martin - SW
Jason Edward McKee - SE
Donald L. Terbrak - SE
Travis S. Stump - CO
Rose Ann Lucas - CO
Tommy Dale Caudle - CO
Ashley Lynn Halford - CO
5 Years
Calvin T. Kenslow - KC
Warren Lee Thornton - KC
Glen J. Rowden - CD
Justin P. Sundell - CD
Anthony T. Riddle - SL

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and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.
Mission
Our mission is to provide a world-class
transportation experience that delights our
customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.

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November is Quitting Time The Great American Smokeout

Districts
Northwest
Northeast
Kansas City
Central
St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

Make this your year to quit by joining in the Great American Smokeout this month. The National Cancer Institute advises
that stopping smoking greatly reduces the risk of developing cancer and lung diseases.
In fact, smokers will notice improvements in health right away, starting with a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure in
just minutes. Within weeks, circulation and lung function improve according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). A year
later, the smoking-related risk of heart disease is cut in half.
When a person is smoke-free for five years, the ACS states the chances of developing many forms of cancer are the same as
someone who has never smoked.
Read more in this month's Coventry Wellness Newsletter.

Movember is Changing the Face


of Mens Health
By: Robin Gammon, Wellness Coordinator, Coventry Health Care
You might be seeing more moustaches around MoDOT this November. MoDOTs wellness program, MODOT and MSHP
Total Wellness, is participating in Movember.
Movember is an annual event during the month of November that involves growing a moustache and/or participating in 30
days of physical activity (MOVE) to help raise awareness and funds for mens health issues. However, both men and
women can participate in Movember.
Scott Marion, director of MoDOTs Motor Carrier Services is
the Movember leader for MoDOT. Scott is growing a
moustache and doing the 30 days of physical activity
(MOVE). This past year, Scott went to the doctor for his
wellness exam which led to a colonoscopy check and the
removal of 11 pre-cancerous polyps. Scott would like to
encourage everyone to get their yearly wellness exam - Its a
little frightening to think what the result might have been had I
waited another year or two to get checked.

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Your MODOT medical plan covers 100 percent of your


preventive care visits and screenings. This year, as part of the
MoDOT and MSHP Wellness Incentive program, you will
have a chance to win a $50 prepaid gift card if you have an
office visit or service processed as preventive care. Help
celebrate Movember by scheduling your preventive care
appointment.
You can follow Scott on his Movember journey on the
MoDOT and MSHP Total Wellness Facebook page.
If you havent signed up for Movember yet, its not too late!
You can sign up to grow a moustache, MOVE or give on the
Movember website. Join the MoDOT and MSHP Total
Wellness network, and you will be eligible for prizes.
If you have any questions about Movember, contact Robin
Gammon at 314-506-1632. For more practical tips on how to
improve your health this Movember, click HERE.
Note: Moustache is the English spelling used outside the
United States and mustache is the U.S. spelling. Movember
is an international campaign so they use the moustache
spelling. To keep consistent with the Movember website, we
are using the moustache spelling.

Scott Marion, director of Motor Carrier Services, is growing


a mustache to participate in Movember, the annual event
to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues.
Above, Nicole Cash, intermediate motor carrier agent, is
checking out Scott's one-day growth with a magnifying
glass.

Central Office Happenings

Mentor Supervisor Training


Nov 10 - 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Central Office Conference Room 100
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. This funfilled, interactive workshop is exactly what you need. Dont
wait.
Go to MoDOTU, search Mentor Supervisor Training under course code 92014 and enroll.
For questions, contact Beckie Brietzke Beckie.Brietzke@modot.mo.gov or 573-522-9482.

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Veterans Day Celebration


Nov. 12 9 a.m.
Central Office, 105 W. Capitol, Room 100
A Veterans Day celebration will be held to recognize Central
Office employees who have served in the military. The event is
open for all employees and the family members of our veterans.
Refreshments will be served following the recognition of our
military employees.

First Aid/CPR/AED Classes


Nov. 17 noon to 3:30 p.m.
601 West Main, Training Room B, HR Annex
Space is limited, so check with your supervisor, and sign up through MoDOT U (LMS
Course Code 24597).

Mens Health Event


Nov. 17 - 2 to 3 p.m.
601 West Main, Training Room B, HR Annex
Dr. Jason Dudulis from the Jefferson City Medical Group specializes in
gastroenterology and mens health. The session is not just for men; women
are also invited to learn more and raise awareness.
Space is limited for the in-person class, so check with your supervisor, and
sign up through MoDOT U.
For questions, contact Amanda Woody Amanda.Woody@modot.mo.gov
or (573) 526-5617.

Missouri State Employees Blood Drives


Nov. 6 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church Multipurpose Room
2027 Industrial Drive
Nov. 10 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Truman Building - 4th Floor Auditorium
All presenting donors will receive a complimentary MIZZOU blood drive
t-shirt while supplies last! Complimentary pizza will also be available to
all presenting donors after their donation.
Your Blood Donation Can Now Be Shortened!
RapidPass offers donors a way to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online before the blood drive! This
could reduce the time spent at the blood drive by as much as 15 minutes! To give RapidPass a try, follow the instructions
below:
Visit www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Read the information.
Answer the questions.
Print the pass or email it to yourself.

Important information to remember:


RapidPass MUST be completed the DAY OF THE DRIVE.
RapidPass does not take the place of an appointment. You are still encouraged to sign up.
You must print out your rapid pass and bring it to the blood drive.
Even though your time at the drive may be cut short, your blood donation can still make a significant impact in someones
life. Donating blood can help save up to three lives because your blood is separated into its components red cells, plasma
and platelets to treat patients with different needs.
How You Can Sign Up To Donate:
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org, and enter sponsor code: MoState.
For additional questions, please contact Amanda Schlottach at amanda.schlottach@redcross.org.

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Flashing Yellow Arrows Installed

Districts

Crews worked overnights last week to install flashing yellow arrows along the Route 6 (Frederick) corridor in St. Joseph.
The signals were installed at the intersections with Village Drive and Woodbine. They will soon be installed at the signals
at the ramps for Interstate 29 on Frederick.

Northwest
Northeast

The response from the public has been very positive. The signals were changed as part of routine signal cabinet
maintenance and adjustments will continue to be made to ensure good coordination along the corridor.

Kansas City
Central
St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

New signals and signs have been installed along the


Route 6 corridor in St. Joseph, including this one at the
intersection with Woodbine.

Heavy traffic along Route 6 at Village Drive now has a


flashing yellow arrow to help them navigate through the
intersection safely and more efficiently.

Fall Meetings
It's that time of year again when we gather to hear from different departments and partner groups. This year was no
exception. A different charity presented at each of the six meetings held across the district to help encourage contributions
for Charitable Campaigns. In addition to the charities, speakers at various meetings included Senior Risk Management
Specialist Tim Taylor to talk about security, the Department of Conservation discussing invasive species, utility partners
and Missouri One Call, Deferred Compensation representatives, Credit Union representatives, Innovations coordinator,
benefits coordinator, district leadership and Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger who was able to attend three of the six fall
meetings.

Chillicothe Project Office Assistant Tammy Meneely


helped prize winners select from donated items as part of
the Charitable Campaign promotion.

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District Maintenance and Traffic Engineer Marty Liles


talked with the employees at the St. Joseph Metro
complex about Maintenance Leadership Academy
opportunities.

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Senior Human Resources Specialist Angie Downey went


over open enrollment dates and benefit changes with
employees, including those gathered at the Maryville fall
meeting.

The boot truck was available on breaks for employees


eligible to get new boots this year.

Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger spoke about winter


operations and chatted on breaks with employees,
including employees gathered at the Bethany fall
meeting.

Chili Cook Off and Jack-o-lantern Contest


The Concessions Committee once again organized a chili cook
off and jack-o-lantern carving contest at the district office to
raise funds for their annual holiday dinner. The entries were
few, but the competition was mighty!
After blind judging, Financial Services won the jack-o-lantern
trophy for their Star Wars themed entry and Construction and
Materials came through with the best chili of the day.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who
participated!

The winning jack-o-lantern entry from Financial Services


sported a Star Wars theme.

Senior Office Assistant Amber Dydell gets a sample of one


of the chili entries during the chili cook off.

For more info

Comments & Suggestions

Marcia Johnson
Communications Specialist

We would like to hear from you. Send comments

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3602 N. Belt Highway
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and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at


Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

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

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New Bridge Closer to Reality

Districts

When the district learned Missouri had been awarded a $10


million Tiger Grant to help fund a new Champ Clark Bridge, a
resounding YAY! was heard throughout the region.

Northwest
Northeast
Kansas City
Central
St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

Ten million dollars is a lot of money and will be divided evenly


between MoDOT and Illinois DOT. IDOT has included their
portion, approximately another $25 million, in their five year
program.
We hope to be able to incorporate construction of a new bridge
into our five-year program after we receive the financial
forecast in January, said Northeast District Engineer Paula
Gough.
Right now though, MoDOT is getting ready.
We are awaiting final approval from FHWA for the environmental assessment, and we are in the process of hiring a
project director, then a project team, who will work with a consultant that will help lead us through the design-build
process, Gough explained.
Other than the statewide Safe and Sound Bridge Project, this will be the first design-build project to be done in the
Northeast District. Design-build is a delivery method that includes hiring one contracting team to complete the design
work and build the highway improvement under one contract. MoDOT provides the project goals, budget and schedule
and the contractor team completes the work. This technique has been known to significantly save time and provide cost
savings.
Click here or the image above to view a video about the awarded Tiger Grant.

Around the District...

A rejuvenating seal treatment was applied on Routes


AA and PP in Audrain and Montgomery Counties.

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Big Calumet Creek on MO 79 in Pike County is


currently under construction being replaced. The
picture above shows the progress that has been made
on the project thus far.

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The Northeast District recently wrapped up their fall


meetings. A fun addition to this year's meetings was
an interactive game during the benefits portion.
Jennifer Butner, senior human resources specialist, is
pictured here giving the presentation, and the
employees enjoying the game.

Big Truck Night was recently held in Monroe City.


Pictured here are some eager children looking at the
MoDOT truck.

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

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MoDOT Holds Multiple Job Fairs in


Preparation for Winter Season

Districts

Before you know it, Kansas City will be covered in a blanket of snow, but never fear MoDOT will be prepared to clear the
roadways.

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Northeast
Kansas City
Central
St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

Members of the Human Resources Department at the District Office recently held three separate job fairs in hopes of
signing on new seasonal maintenance workers. Job fairs were held at the Sedalia maintenance building, Marshall
maintenance building and at Skiles maintenance building during the week of Oct. 26.
Human Resources Specialist Angela Norman says close to 80 people showed up for the job fair in Sedalia, while Marshall
had about 35 to 40 and Skiles received at least 20. Norman says the HR Department offered over 50 people jobs and expects
them to start Nov. 16.
Those who received a job offer will need to pass the written portion of the commercial drivers license (CDL) exam. Theyll
also need to successfully complete a criminal background check and a drug screening.
When snow does eventually starts to fall, MoDOTs Kansas City District expects to have at least 400 workers and 200
trucks covering 7,700 lane miles.
In the state overall, MoDOT is responsible for 34,000 miles of state highways. Last year, the agency spent $49 million in
total cost to keep state highways clear and safe. It took 120,000 tons of salt and 3.2 million gallons of salt brine, not to
mention lots of man power to get the job done.

Amid Warm Temps and Post World-Series


Euphoria, Kansas City Preps for Snow
After celebrating 70 degrees and a World Series win the day before, the Kansas City district spent most of Nov. 4 prepping
for snow.
The pre-planning allows the team to bring the trucks and tools out of storage and get them into working order before they
are needed. Because each winter storm is different, we must adjust our tools, materials and practices accordingly.
Part of snow-prep includes basic maintenance on vehicles, plows and salt spreaders, but also includes running all routes a
few times.
MoDOT has approximately 3,500 employees statewide more than 400 in the Kansas City District -- ready to fight winter
weather. This includes maintenance workers, temporary workers, seasonal workers and additional MoDOT staff that are
trained for winter operations to be fully staffed for storms.
During major storms, all available employees work 12 hour shifts on snow removal operations.

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For more info

Comments & Suggestions

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

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600 NE Colbern Road


Lee's Summit, MO 64086

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Barrel Bob Gets Burned, Bounces


Back to Work
It's been an eventful couple of weeks for Barrel Bob in the
Central District.
In an act of early Halloween villainy, the district's 10-foot tall
orange mascot and tireless promoter of work zone safety was lit
on fire Tuesday, Oct. 20 at his post on U.S. Route 50/63 in
Jefferson City. Bob was discovered slumped over on the ground,
with severe burns on his legs and torso. Both legs needed to be
replaced, so Bob was sent into intensive repair and was under the
care of one of the district's best "plastic surgeons."
Everyone associated with the MoDOT's mascot knows that you
can't keep a good barrel down. So in typical Barrel Bob fashion,
he defied all the odds and made a miraculous recovery. He
demanded to go back to work the moment the surgeon was
finished. Bob was back at his post in Jefferson City the week of
Nov. 2.
And as you can see by the photo to the right, complete with a
defiant "I'm back" sign, he's more determined than ever to spread
the message of work zone safety to the motorists of the Central
District.
In honor of Bob's miraculous recovery, a parody movie trailer
was created, reimagining Bob as a bionic safety hero in the vein
of The Six-Million Dollar Man of 1970s TV fame. You can view
the video here: https://youtu.be/v3qJj4bcbxU

Central District Service and Safety Awards


The Central District held a banquet for their 20-40 year service and safety award winners on Friday, Oct. 23 at The
Millbottom Event Center in Jefferson City. Congratulations to all of those who received safety and service awards! We thank
you so much for your service and for being safe!

40-Year Safety & Service Award - Hubert Maddox

30 Year Service Awards


George Allen
Leroy Bauer

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Duane Kliethermes

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Mark Buscher
Thomas Dewall
John Gabathuler
Tina Grothoff
James Hayes

Larry Koenig
Arthur Mueller
Stefan Sumowski
David Wood
Russell Yarnell

25 Year Service Awards


Jason Basham
Michael Belt
Phil Cain
Michael Dusenberg
Kevin Eggemeyer
Douglas Garner
Stephanie Green
Allan Haslag

Kent Howard
Douglas Jones
Julie Nelson
Ricardo Ramirez
Rickey Smith
Rickey Starke
Phillip Thompson

20 Year Service Awards


Rodney Colbert
Randy Demery
Norbert Dickneite
Judy Harris-Turner
Brent Humphrey
Robert Jany
Roy Kempker
Travis Koestner
Randall Lea
Matthew Malone

Robin McKee
Brian McMillian
Kirsten Munck
Timothy Porter
Craig Rennick
Alvin Rhorer
Ronald Rothove
Michael Schupp
Bobby Slater
Ralph Zuroweste

Safety Awards (20-30 Years)


20 Years

25 Years

30 Years

Donald Boulware
Rodney Colbert
Nichol Cook
Kevin Eggemeyer
Chris Feeler
Kimberly Hilburn-Thomas
Brent Jones
Roger Lamb
Stephen Matheis
Bruce Volkart

Douglas Basham
Jason Basham
Michael Belt
Raymond Bledsoe
Douglas Garner
Allan Haslag
Kent Howard
Douglas Jones
Rickey Smith
Rickey Starke

George Allen
Mark Buscher
Thomas Dewall
James Hayes
Larry Koenig
Arthur Mueller

Nurses Send Thank You to District Employees


The following note was sent by the Mercy Hospital
of Lebanon nurses who were working with
MoDOT's Central District to give employees
wellness checks and flu shots:
"It was a pleasure working with each and every
one that we encountered at MoDOT. We were
often blown away by the kindness shown (we had
never had so much help offered carrying our bags
or loading up) and it was all very much
appreciated. MoDOT employees definitely set the
bar high."

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- Crystal Ray, BSN, RNC


Manager
Wellness Services / Occupational Medicine
Mercy Hospital Lebanon

Fallen Workers Memorial Work Day


A work day was held on Oct. 24 to help build a portion of the Central District Fallen Workers Memorial on the district
grounds. A big thank you goes out to those who attended and worked hard! We couldn't have made so much progress without
you!

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Comments & Suggestions

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

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P.O. Box 718
Jefferson City, MO 65102

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St. Charles Maintenance and Strike Team


Members Come to the Rescue
by Jessica Hochlan

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Filling potholes and clearing snow are just part of the job of MoDOT maintenance operator, but for eight St. Charles County
maintenance workers a recent day on the job included saving a mans life.
The men and women from the St. Charles maintenance building and the St. Charles Strike team were gathering at the Cave
Springs commuter lot on Oct.19 before they went on the road for a drain cleaning operation. Thats when an attendant from
the Goodwill trailer came over to say there was a man lying beside his car.
The crew went over to check on him and found him unresponsive. They called 9-1-1 and checked his breathing and pulse
and stayed with him until the ambulance came to take him to the hospital.
I am so proud of what these men and women did. If not for
them, who knows what could have happened to this man. It
just shows what great people we have working here at
MoDOT, said St. Charles County maintenance
superintendent Bob Hawkins.
The men and women were:
Terry Talley
Keith Sims
Caleb Foster
Mary Potter
Dustin Byrd
Justin Pearia
Steve Herndon
Wesley Webb
Rick Dempsey
Four of the St. Charles maintenance workers who helped a
man in distress (l to r) Justin Pearia, Terry Talley, Mary Potter
and Keith Sims

Garden Seeds New Life Along Urban


Interstate
by Andrew Gates
MoDOT is helping seed a brighter future for some St. Louis City residents with property alongside the ramps on an urban
interstate.
About 22 acres of MoDOT property sits just west of the ramps leading from I-64 to 20th and Chestnut streets. On a portion
of that property sits the City Seeds Urban Garden, part of Gateway Greening.
Mounded rows stretch the length of the garden, each with a carefully hand-labeled sign indicating the vegetable growing on
that row. On some rows, vegetables dangle from stakes or fences.
For several years, the urban garden has been using the
property as a learning laboratory to provide job training and
therapeutic horticulture to city residents.
We partner, in part, with the St. Patricks Center to
provide help to their clients. We try to equate the plants
needs for well-being with the individuals need for wellbeing, said Rachel Deffenbaugh, City Seeds Urban
Garden farm manager.
One way the garden staff helps is by providing job
training. Here the staff helps give clients the skills of an
entry level employee in horticulture or plant growing.
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individual might do if they wanted to start working in the


gardening business.
More importantly, the garden helps provide these clients
with transferable skills ones they can use no matter what
job they choose skills like timeliness, respect and
leadership, said Deffenbaugh.
She shares that 75 percent of the people who complete the
job training track are placed in jobs. Some of those are
accepted for additional schooling.
The second area the staff assists is through therapeutic
horticulture. In this, they are teaching the same skills, but
they use gardening to help people who may face mental
health challenges, addictions or who have spent much of
their lives in and out of prison.
The City Seeds Urban Garden sits just a few hundred feet from
I-64 near Chestnut Street in St. Louis city.

In past years, the garden has produced more than 19,000


pounds of produce between April and October. This year
was a more average year, where the garden produced about 16,000 pounds a lot of eggplant, tomatoes and lettuce, as well
as many other vegetables and herbs.
Clients get to take as much of the produce home as they care to, said Deffenbaugh. That doesnt even make a dent in the
available vegetables. They allow the community to invest in the garden for a share of the produce through Community
Supported Agriculture and sell some produce wholesale to non-profit kitchens or stores. Whats left is given to food banks,
which often have a hard time getting fresh produce to share with their clients.
All this produce is grown within a few hundred feet of an interstate naturally.
The whole garden is organic. We ensure that we grow some plants that attract beneficial insects, said Deffenbaugh.
Not everything in the garden is a vegetable. Some sections of the garden are plants that stimulate the senses. Sage and
geraniums entice the nose, while flowers in a dye area not only attract the eye, but help educate about other uses for plants.
Around the edges are a variety of shrubs and bushes.
Theres a lot of junky soil around the area. We spent a lot
of effort to build up the soil where the plants are. In the
surrounding areas are shrubs and bushes. Since the soil isnt
great, they usually end up dying within a few years after
planting. Thats good, though, because we can use that to
train people on how to remove dead shrubbery and plant
new ones, Deffenbaugh said.
Theres always a call for volunteers that call is answered
from all walks of life. St. Louis University and Webster
University help out with the big projects, such as clearing
the garden for the winter. Corporate groups and schools
help in the fall and spring and youth groups help out during
the summer.
We try to let our clients lead the volunteers and tell them
what needs to be done. It helps the clients practice their
leadership skills and boosts their confidence, Deffenbaugh
said.

Maurice Robinson and Isaiah Mason volunteer their time to


help maintain the garden.

Volunteers and the clients arent the only ones who enjoy the garden, as a lot of people use the area to get out of the office
or as a nice place to eat lunch on sunny days.
We can have people from every single walk of life out here on the same day it provides the glue to build connections that
might not ever happen, said Deffenbaugh.
With the growing season ending, the mounded rows that were once covered by vegetables are now covered by a winter grass
to prevent erosion. But the garden staff and clients will be back out again next year to once again seed life alongside an
urban interstate.

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Comments & Suggestions

Marie Elliott
Communications Manager
St. Louis District
314-453-1807
Marie.Elliott@modot.mo.gov

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HUFF AND PUFF Human Resources Specialist


Albezza Treasure blows into a balloon during the
Southwest Districts Employee Fair Oct. 20 during a
breakout session about healthy lifestyles.
(Photo/Tonya Staeger)

OFFICIALLY OPEN Southwest District Engineer


Becky Baltz is surrounded by local, state and federal
officials during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 2
marking the official opening of the Crossroads
Interchange project over I-44 at Prigmor Avenue
near Joplin. (Photo/David Mitchell)

Southwest District Bridge Crew Travels


to Support Northeast District with
Bridge Repairs
by David Mitchell
Twelve members of the Southwest District
Regional Bridge Crew are back home after
spending four days in Louisiana assisting in the
repair of the Champ Clark Bridge on U.S.
Route 54 over the Mississippi River at the end
of October.
The crew traveled to Pike County in the
Northeast District to do rivet replacement on the
bridge. An inspection of the span showed it
needed several immediate repairs to keep it
open to traffic.
Kevin James, Assistant District Engineer for the
Northeast District, appreciated the help.
We really appreciate your efforts to make
these repairs in a timely fashion, wrote James
in an e-mail to the Southwest District. Your
work on this bridge is another example of our
what our organization can do as a team.

Members of the Southwest District Bridge Crew replace rivets


on the Champ Clark Bridge on U.S. Route 54 over the
Mississippi River in late October.

Friends and co-workers of the bridge crew showed their support by sending along treats, cookies, candy and
crackers as well as notes of appreciation.

Southwest District Employees

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Honored for Years of Service


Southwest District workers who celebrated milestones in their MoDOT careers during 2015 were honored during
two Service Award ceremonies in late October.
The 5-year, 10-year and 15-year employees gathered Oct. 29 for an afternoon reception at the Knights of
Columbus Hall in Springfield where 93 employees received service award certificates and lapel pins.
On Oct. 26, a luncheon was held for 56 district employees who were recognized for 20 years, 25 years or 30 years
of service. They came together at the Bass Pro Shops White River Conference Center in Springfield and received
certificates and lapel pins.
The 149 employees honored at the two events total 2,295 years of experience working at MoDOT.

30 Years of Service

25 Years of Service

20 Years of Service

15 Years of Service

10 Years Service

5 Years Service

30 years

20 years

15 years

Richard Arnall
Donald Benham
Linda Bokel
Paul Bryan
Steve Bryant
Bill Fuller
Keith Gilmore
Gary Goessmann
Paul Kraft
Mark McCoy
Burt Pitchford
Jeff Rogers
Julie Zibert

Billy Adams
Nick Adams
Scott Austin
Deidre Berry
Glenn Breckner
Nick Capra
Chuck Curtis
Don Demshar
Kevin Hageman
Mark Hancock
Matt Ilgenfritz
Karen Jennings
Jim Jewsbury
David Long Jr
Steve Markham
Keith Martin
David Myers
Jaylyn O'Connor
Randy Patterson
Gary (Mac) Ragan
Jamie Sartin
Dwayne Severs
Danny Shoemaker
Willie Thomas
Pat Turner
Steve Uptegrove
Debra Vinson
Doug Wilks

Mark Aldridge
Mike Beck
Matt Berry
Wilber Berry Jr
LeAnn Blankenship
Josh Burks
Ron Combs
Ray Cook
Mitch Davis
Blaine Doss
Michael Douty
Clint Durrington Jr
Jerad Finch
Lyle Foley
Jack Gardner
Justin Jeffries
Shannon Johnson
Karen Lane
Mike McCormick
Jim McGinnis
Billy McHaffie
Andy McNeill
Adam McRae
Marshall Miller
Frank Miller
Randy Morgan
Randy Myers

25 years
John Avers
Jeff Barnhouse
Linda Bass
Brad Brown
Rockey Garner
Tony Gates
Robert Hoffmann
Karen Johnson
Bob Lawrence
Dirk Mays
Todd Roberts
Roy Stoddard
Patrick Whitaker

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Khoa Nguyen
Chris Plaster
Brian Proctor
Bill Reidlinger
Aaron Rieder
Bill Schnaufer
Joyce Shaw
Kirk Sherman
Jeff Simmons
Jim Snyder
Paul Taylor
Clay Vaught
Becky Walsh
Charles Wilson
Larry Wilson
Jason Worley
10 years
Larry Allen
Eric Bowers
Layton Brower
Brandon Campbell
Kem Collins
Dustin Crain
Don Dipley
Cindy Dunnaway
Kris Eckhoff
Clint Eidson

Tyler Goodwyn
Ron Green
Alan Hooper
Michelle Kelley
Matt Lakey
Doug Martin
Chad Mays
Pat Mettlach
Robert Owens
Marcus Parsons
Travis Peterson
Aron Raney
Dustin Sears
Mike Swearingin
Bill Thorp
Tom Turner
Aaron Underwood
Sandy Vincent
Ryan Ward-Melton
James Wilson
5 years
Jeff Besaw
Adam Hawkins
Jim Lawrence II
Paul McKnight
Scott Oliver

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Chuck White
Johnny Woodruff

Halloween Costume Contest


Raises Money for a Good Cause
Several Southwest District
Employees dressed up for
Halloween as part of a costume
contest to raise money for the
Missouri State Employees Charitable
Campaign. Front row (left to right):
Senior Highway Designer Sharon
Needham; Design Technician Joe
Jones; Senior Highway Designer
Julie Haden-Stiles; Senior Highway
Designer Michele Hicks. Back row
(left to right): Springfield Senior
Construction Inspector Ted Earls;
Springfield Construction Inspector
Kirsty Little; Senior Traffic
Technician LeAnn Blankenship;
Information Systems Technologist
Ryan Pilcher; District Planning
Manager Frank Miller; Certified
Appraiser Malissa Julien; District
Design Engineer Stacy Reese;
Highway Designer Calvin Petrus;
Intermediate Highway Designer
Bethanie Kennicott. (Photo/David
Mitchell)

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

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Zombies Share Important Message


No, its not a zombie apocalypse. But
one night of drinking and driving
could change life as you know
itFOREVER!
Recently, Zombies Against Drunk
Driving (ZADD) teamed up with the
Southeast Coalition for Roadway
Safety to remind drivers that drinking
and driving isnt just scaryits
wrong.
ZADD took part in the SEMO
University Homecoming Parade in
Cape Girardeau and Nightmare at
Kinyon School in Poplar Bluff to get
the word out.
While the ZADD members had
gruesome appearances, they shared a
very important message with
attendeesas well as candy, koozies
and t-shirts.

ZADD recently took part in the SEMO University Homecoming Parade in Cape
Girardeau and Nightmare at Kinyon School in Poplar Bluff to remind drivers of the
importance of designating a sober driver if they are celebrating with alcohol.

Many of the fatal crashes during the holiday season can be attributed to drinking and driving, said Sandy Taurone,
regional contact for the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety. When someone drinks and drives, they are not only
putting themselves at risk but also other motorists and pedestrians."
Taurone said that the most important part of any celebration involving alcohol should be the designated driver.
A police officer from the City of Cape Girardeau joined ZADD in the Homecoming Parade. An officer with Poplar Bluff
Police Department also joined the team at the Nightmare at Kinyon School event, encouraging attendees to test out the fatal
vision goggles to see the devastating impact alcohol can have on your motor skills.
Although onlookers at the parade were initially a bit shocked by our appearance, we quickly received smiles and cheers
when they read our ZADD signs, explained Taurone. At the Nightmare at Kinyon School event, people were looking for a
good scare and ZADD helped us attract a younger crowd.
Photos from the events are available at www.flickr.com/photos/modot_se/albums/72157660305907980 (Cape Girardeau)
and www.flickr.com/photos/modot_se/albums/72157658392455533 (Poplar Bluff).

MoDOT to Improve Safety, Traffic Flow at


New Madrid County Intersections
MoDOTs Southeast District is planning to improve safety and
traffic flow at two New Madrid County intersections. A public
meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 to discuss
the upcoming project. The meeting will be held at MoDOT's
Southeast District Office, located at 2675 North Main Street in
Sikeston.
The project will include reconfiguring the Route 60/Route E
intersection and Route 60/Route FF intersection in New Madrid
County with j-turns.
"Traditional intersections have approximately 42 conflict points.
J-turns can help reduce this number to as few as 24 conflict points,"
Click the image above to learn more about j-turns.
said Project Manager Jason Williams. "In addition, these types of
conflict points do not typically lead to as severe crashes."
To navigate a j-turn, instead of crossing two lanes of traffic, drivers will turn right in the same direction as traffic and then
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Intersection improvements could begin as early as spring 2016, with completion anticipated by fall 2016. As work is
underway, Route 60 will be reduced to one-lane traffic in each direction at times near the intersection locations. In addition,
short-term median closures will be necessary at times.
For more information, please contact Williams at (573) 472-5290 or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888ASK MODOT (275-6636). An online meeting, including the meeting handout and an opportunity to comment, is available
at: www.modot.org/southeast/news_and_information/public_meetings.

Thank You for 27 Years of Service


Freddie Taylor deserves a round of applause and
a thank you! Taylor retired in November after 27
years of dedicated service. Maintenance
Superintendent Marvin Gillespie recently
presented Taylor with a plaque to commemorate
his time with MoDOT.

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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


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