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    Connections                                                                                                                                   December 2005

                                              MoDOT Using Cell Phones
MoDOT Working to
Save Lives                                    to Make Roads Safer
                                              by Melissa Black and Sandy Hentges
by Melissa Black and Sandy Hentges
                                              MoDOT may soon be a world leader in
When a child is kidnapped, providing the      using cell phone data to help manage the
public with urgent and timely informa-        transportation system and make it safer.
tion may be a matter of life or death. That   The department is currently negotiating a
is why we participate in the AMBER            contract to use cell phones to obtain state-
Alert Plan, designed to quickly spread        wide traffic data - including travel time
emergency information through all pos-        and average speed - on 5,500 roadway
sible means in hopes of saving lives.         miles.
We recently received a $400,000 grant         “We’re really excited to be one of the first
from the Federal Highway Administra-           to use this kind of technology,” said Ei-
tion to implement our portion of the plan.     leen Rackers, state traffic engineer. “We’ll
With the FHWA funds and $100,000 in            be a worldwide leader in using cell phone
state money, we’ll add several change-         technology to manage our system, make
able message boards on Interstates 70          the roads safer and improve traffic flow
and 44 to increase emergency communi-          and motorist communication.”
                                              MoDOT hopes to finalize the contract and
“These additional message boards will not                                                     MoDOT will soon be using cell phone technology to get traffic
                                              begin receiving the data statewide after        data statewide.
 only be used for AMBER Alert situa-          the first of the year. This information will
 tions, but to also help with the overall     help the department make the transporta-
 management of the traffic system and                                                         anonymous data, such as average speeds        congestion, incidents, delays and other
                                              tion system more safe and efficient by:
 motorist communications,” said Eileen                                                        and travel times, which we’ll use to moni-    problems on the system.
                                              n providing advance warning of traffic
 Rackers, state traffic engineer. “They’ll                                                    tor traffic flow.”
                                                  delays, using messages boards, Web                                                        There will also be no roadside tracking
 really become an invaluable part of our          sites and radio announcements;              Vehicle speeds are calculated by using the    devices to install and maintain. This will
 overall traveler information program,        n giving travelers useful information                     time it takes a cell phone signal   mean fewer obstacles and work zones,
 helping motorists every day in some              about travel times on major routes;                      to bounce from one tower         which saves MoDOT time and resources
 areas of our system.”                        n detecting and responding to emer-                             to the next. Cell phones      and helps motorists navigate the roads
MoDOT joined the AMBER Alert                      gency incidents and work zone                                  need not even be in use.   more quickly and efficiently.
program several years ago and continues                                                                            Data can be obtained
                                                  delays quicker; and                                                                       “Overall, this system will be cheaper and
to work with other agencies to establish      n identifying areas of congestion                                      just by having them
                                                                                                                                             faster than traditional detection. This
a set of procedures in the event of an                                                                                 turned on. Differ-
                                                  where resources should be directed.                                                        project will cost about $6 million, where it
                                                                                                                         ences in speeds
abduction. The plan was created in 1996       “MoDOT will not be receiving any                                                               would take more than $30 million to install
                                                                                                                         can indicate
following the abduction and brutal mur-        information on individual users,” Rack-                                                       traffic detectors to cover the same area,”
der of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in         ers said. “We’ll only see reports full of                                                     Rackers said.
Arlington, Texas. The purpose of the plan
is to provide a rapid response to the most
serious child abduction cases.

                                              MoDOT Provides Aid to Hurricane
Making Connections                            Victims in Historic First
Connections is now available online at Click on News & Infor-         Seven employees made MoDOT history              Hurricane Wilma. To aid the process, the      and Layton are assistant electricians, and
mation.                                       when they traveled to southern Florida          workers took the department’s Mobile          Dill, Turner, Weikel and Bickel are senior
                                              on Nov. 14 to help with hurricane relief        Emergency Response Vehicle and trailer,       electricians.
Connections informs MoDOT employees           efforts. It’s the first time a MoDOT crew       three bucket trucks and a cargo trailer
– present and past – of agency events and                                                                                                   The Missouri State Emergency Manage-
                                              has assisted with any out-of-state disaster     filled with supplies.
news across the state. Divided into state-                                                                                                  ment Agency will use federal funds to
wide and district news, Connections lets                                                      Those making the journey were John            reimburse MoDOT for the employees’
MoDOT employees know what’s going on          The crew, made up of Traffic employ-            Diggs, Central Office Traffic communica-      expenses.
                                              ees from the districts and Central Of-          tions coordinator; Chris Weikel and John
from St. Joseph to Sikeston.                                                                                                                The crew members volunteered for the
                                              fice, worked to repair more than 2,800          Bickel, District 4; Miguel Noriega and
                                                                                                                                            mission to help the people who have been
                                              traffic signals that were out of service in     Larry Layton, District 6; and Larry Dill
                                              Broward County, Fla. due to damage from         and Patrick Turner, District 8. Noriega                             Continued on page 2


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                                                                                                               10          A Tale of Two                14
Putting Rest Areas                      Down-home                                 Improvements                             Bridges                       Showing Some
                                                                                  Stretch of I-70 in Kansas City           Route 94 sports two
to the Test                             Dedication                                reopens                                  new spans
Human Resources staffer                 District 1 unveils signs for                                                                                     District 9 says thanks to
checks sites for accessibility          Shain Creek                                                                                                      employees
    Some Missourians Seeing Red
    by Melissa Black and Sandy Hentges

    Some motorists in Arnold may be see-                                           However, MoDOT has no financial              Red-light running cameras also allow         camera can record the date, time of day,
    ing red these days when they receive                                           interest in the revenues generated           for red-light violation enforcement          time elapsed since beginning of red sig-
    a ticket for running a red light, thanks                                       from red-light running tickets.”             without endangering the officer or the       nal and the vehicle speed. The images
    to new red-light cameras installed in                                                                                       general public because officers don’t        then are sent to local law-enforcement
                                                                                   According to the Blueprint, intersec-
    October. Recently, Arnold became the                                                                                        have to pull over a violator.                officials who review them and issue
                                                                                   tion crashes are listed as the fifth-
    first Missouri city to install red-light                                                                                                                                 citations when it’s clear that a vehicle
                                                                                   largest cause of deaths on Missouri          An automated enforcement system is
    running cameras at four intersections,                                                                                                                                   ran a red light.
                                                                                   roadways, and they’re the third largest      composed of a detection device (like
    chosen for their high accident rates.
                                                                                   cause of injuries. Research shows            radar or video), a microprocessor and         Intersections with red-light running
    According to the Insurance Institute for                                       red-light running violations decrease        a camera. The cameras link to traffic         cameras are appropriately signed with
    Highway Safety, red-light running is a                                         significantly at both monitored and          signals and photograph license plates        “Photo Enforced” plaques in advance of
    leading cause of urban traffic crashes                                         non-monitored intersections in cities        of red-light runners. Only vehicles           the signal. Sixteen other states allow the
    in the country. Nationwide, hundreds                                           or areas with installed cameras.             that enter an intersection after the light    use of red-light cameras.
    of people are killed each year and                                                                                          has turned red are photographed. The
                                                                                   Arnold passed an ordinance allowing
    thousands more are injured in red-light-
                                                                                   the city to install and enforce red-light
    running traffic crashes. In Missouri                                                                                        Detection Cameras Provide Traffic
                                                                                   cameras. The city approached the
    in 2004, there were 10 fatalities and
                                                                                   department and asked permission to           Volume Data
                                                                                                             install them at
                                                                                                             state intersec-    Some motorists think they see red-light      to be replaced every time any roadwork
                                                                                                             tions, but they    cameras at other intersections around        is performed.
                                                                                                             contracted         the state, but these are actually video-
                                                                                                                                                                             Video detection cameras, like most
                                                                                                             with a private     detection cameras.
                                                                                                                                                                             electronics, have seen their costs steadi-
                                                                                                             company to         In addition to sensors placed under the      ly drop since the technology was first
                                                                                                             install and        pavement (called loops), MoDOT also          introduced. Camera processors, like all
                                                                                                             maintain           uses video cameras at signalized inter-      computers, have increased their capa-
                                                                                                             the cameras.       sections, attached to the traffic signal     bility as prices drop. They are installed
                                                                                                             MoDOT’s            arms. These cameras focus on your            above the road’s surface, usually away
                                                                                                             role is to have    vehicle as it moves toward the intersec-     from the traffic flow. The pavement
                                                                                                             engineer-          tion. As your vehicle enters defined ar-     remains undisturbed and is capable of
    Arnold is the first Missouri city to
    use red-light running cameras.                                                                                              eas or “zones” within the camera’s field     lasting longer. When cameras or pro-
                                                                                                                                of view, the camera’s processor detects      cessors fail, they are easily and quickly
    hundreds more injured due to red-light                                                                                      a change in the “zone.” This data is         replaced without a great disturbance in
    running.                                                                                                                    sent to the traffic signal’s controller      traffic flow.
                                                                                                                                (the computerized “brain” housed in
    “MoDOT supports any measure that is                                                                                                                                      Video-detection cameras do not pro-
                                                                                                                                a nearby metallic cabinet controlling
     proven to increase safety and prevent                                                                                                                                   vide constant surveillance or archive
                                                                                                                                the intersection’s timing) that says a
     injuries and deaths on our roads,” said                                                                                                                                 the images. The camera view is a fixed
                                                                                                                                vehicle is requesting green time for its
     Don Hillis, director of System Manage-                                                                                                                                  focus, fixed location image (there is
                                                                                   ing staff review the signal timing at        direction.
     ment. “Red-light cameras also are listed                                                                                                                                no zooming or moving the cameras
                                                                                   any intersection being targeted for
     as a strategy to reduce intersection                                                                                       Cameras are now the most cost-effec-         once they are installed). The image
                                                                                   automated enforcement. This includes
     crashes in the Blueprint for Safer Road-                                                                                   tive way of performing vehicle detec-        is analyzed by the camera processor
                                                                                   a review of the intersection clearance
     ways, a plan MoDOT is committed to.                                                                                        tion. Placing sensors in the pavement        only for the simple presence of vehicles
                                                                                   timing to ensure it is accurate.
                                                                                                                                becomes very costly because they have        within defined areas or “zones.” The
                                                                                                                                                                             resolution of the image by these detec-
    MoDOT Issues Annual Report to Legislature                                                                                                                                tion cameras is not good enough to read
                                                                                                                                                                             license plates or distinguish any facial
    Missourians are getting smoother, safer                                        governor, lieutenant governor and legis-         to-understand work zone map              features.
    roads sooner thanks to additional fund-                                        lators before Nov. 10 of each year. The          that motorists can access at
    ing from the passage of Amendment 3.                                                                                   to find out where
    That’s the message Missouri Depart-
                                                                                   document outlines where MoDOT’s
                                                                                   money comes from and where it’s                  work is in progress throughout the
                                                                                                                                                                             MoDOT Provides
2   ment of Transportation Director Pete                                           spent. It also lists completed and future        state.                                   Aid to Hurricane
                                                                                   projects and costs.
    Rahn sent to lawmakers in the agency’s                                                                                      n   Implementing a new, more visible         Victims
    annual report delivered Nov. 10.                                                                                                pavement marking system that will
                                                                                   Some MoDOT highlights from the past                                                       Continued from page 1
                                                                                                                                    make Missouri roads safer.
    “The past year has been incredible for                                         year include:
                                                                                   n Implementing the Smoother, Safer,
                                                                                                                                n   Adopting a practical approach to         hit so hard by hurricanes this year.
     MoDOT and transportation in Missouri,
                                                                                                                                    designing projects that will save        Their willingness to volunteer shows
     and we’re happy to have a lot of positive                                        Sooner initiative that will deliver
                                                                                                                                    nearly $400 million over the next        they have a strong desire to do the right
     news to report,” said Rahn. “Thanks in                                           2,200 miles of smooth road by De-
                                                                                                                                    five years.                              thing and help people get their lives
     large part to the passage of Amendment                                        cember 2007, speed existing work and
                                                                                                                                n   Starting a new initiative to develop
     3 in November 2004, we were able to                                           build new, major projects with revenue                                                    back on track.
                                                                                                                                    a statewide, long-range trans-
     get started giving Missourians what                                           from Amendment 3.                                                                         “We are blessed to have great employ-
                                                                                                                                    portation plan.
     they want – smooth, safe roads sooner.”                                              n Working with Missouri’s
                                                                                                                                                                              ees who not only do great work for
                                                                                                                                n   Establishing a results-based perfor-
    State law requires
                                                                                          Congressional delegation on                                                         Missouri’s citizens year round, but are
                                                                                                                                    mance management system to
                                              Comm ht
                                                                                           the federal transportation bill,                                                   willing to sacrifice time away from
    MoDOT to                          e Joint
                             ort to thrtation Overs
                                                   ig                                                                               monitor progress and show the
                         R                                                                  SAFETEA-LU, which means                                                           family and friends to help others in
    submit the                                                                                                                      agency is accountable.
    report to the
                                                                                             additional funding for critical                                                  time of need,” said Don Hillis, director
                                                                                              highway and transit needs.        In addition, an independent audit of the      of System Management.
                                                                                               n Approving the                  department’s financial statements gave
                                                                                                                                                                             At press time, the crew was planning
                                                                                               largest construction pro-        us the highest rating possible for the
                                                                                                                                                                             to return to Missouri on Nov. 23 in
                                                                                                gram in Missouri’s history      sixth straight year.
                                                                                                                                                                             time to spend Thanksgiving with their
                                                                                                 over the next five years
                                                                                                                                A copy of the complete report can be         families. Two of the original crew
                                                                                                 – 866 projects totaling $7.3
                                                                                                                                found on our Web site at www.modot.          members were scheduled to team up
                                                                                                                                org.                                         with five new volunteers and return to

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                                                               of Tran
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                                                                                                                                                                             Florida after the Thanksgiving holiday.
                                                                                                    mative, easy-
                                                                                                                                                                             They’re planning to stay until Dec. 17.

    December 2005                                                                                                                                                                                     Connections
              For Your Benef it                                                          E-mail Service Reaches
                                                                                         Out To Customers
                                                                                         by Matt Hiebert
Retirees Have New Prescription
Drug Option                                                                              Proactive.                                 their e-mail address, they can choose
                                                                                                                                    to be updated on any information
                                                                                         The word means to take action. To
Retirees who have Medicare as their         tact their plan to see what options they                                                MoDOT sends out by county, route or
                                                                                         reach out rather than respond. To initi-
primary health care coverage and par-       have.                                                                                   project.
ticipate in the MoDOT/MSHP Medical
                                            n   If you are currently on Medicare and                                                From there, updated information is
and Life Insurance Plan have a new                                                       One way you see MoDOT defining the
                                            enrolled in our plan, you will not need                                                 e-mailed directly to their inbox. No
prescription drug coverage option re-                                                    word is through the new E-update sys-
                                            to make any changes in your coverage to                                                 longer do they have to dig around
ferred to as Medicare Part D. However,                                                   tem on the department Web site. With
                                            maintain your current level of prescrip-                                                looking for it. If they want to keep tabs
the coverage provided by the MoDOT                                                       this online subscription service, we
                                            tion drug coverage in 2006.                                                             on the Hermann Bridge project, they
plan, on average, has been determined                                                    can keep Missouri citizens informed
                                                                                                                                    just need to go to the Northeast district
to be at least as good as or better than    n   If you enroll in Medicare prescrip-      of roadwork, public meetings, project
                                                                                                                                    Web site. If they want general infor-
the standard Medicare Part D prescrip-      tion drug coverage through another           developments or anything we want to
                                                                                                                                    mation on all the projects in Jefferson
tion drug coverage. Here are some           carrier, you and any dependents who are      share. It reaches out to our audience
                                                                                                                                    County, they can choose that option.
details you need to know:                   covered under your membership will no        rather than expecting them to come to
                                                                                                                                    They can even receive updates on a
                                            longer be eligible to participate in our     our Web site seeking information.
n	 You don’t need to enroll in a Medi-                                                                                              statewide level.
                                            plan for either prescription drug or other
care Part D program offered either                                                       The system is easy to use. A visitor
                                            medical coverage. That’s because our                                                    And all the information is just a mouse
directly through Medicare or through                                                     surfs to a MoDOT district site. They
                                            plan premium includes both medical and                                                  click away.
another carrier. Again, the coverage                                                     click on the E-update button located in
                                            prescription drugs.
provided by our plan, on average, has                                                    the navigation panel. Once they register
been determined to be at least as good      n   Medicare provides additional
as or better than the standard Medicare     information about the Medicare Part
Part D prescription drug coverage. This     D benefit in their Medicare and You
means that if you decide to continue        2006 handbook. You can also visit the
coverage under our plan you can ignore      Medicare Web site at
the advertising you are receiving from      or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE
various Medicare Part D plans and           (1-800-633-4227)
other sources. Spouses or others who        For more information about our plan,
are not enrolled in our plan should con-    call Employee Benefits staff at 1-877-863-

New Group To Promote
Practical Design
Better. Faster. Cheaper.                    few items involved in grading, pav-          Briefs
                                            ing, right of way, bridges and so forth
That’s the motive driving our efforts
                                            that determine 80 percent of project         MoDOT Express Lane!                        n   Current benefits to employees con-
to give our customers what they want.
                                            costs. The group is working to provide       MoDOT’s first e-mail newsletter, the           tinue.
One way we’re doing that is through
                                            guidelines that incorporate the Practical    “MoDOT Express Lane – Transpor-            n   MoDOT and the Patrol are able to
Practical Design, which allows us to
                                            Design theory for these cost drivers.        tation News to You in 12 Articles              continue their existing medical life
customize projects to fit specific needs,
                                                                                         or Less,” was sent to hundreds of              insurance and disability benefits.
rather than apply generic standards         Engineering Policy’s primary long-term
                                                                                         MoDOT stakeholders, including em-          n   The Missouri Highways and Trans-
across the board. The money saved will      goal is to produce a single electronic
                                                                                         ployees and retirees, on Oct. 20. This         portation Commission and MoDOT
fund additional projects.                   manual streamlining all MoDOT poli-
                                                                                         twice-monthly newsletter features the          are represented on the consolidated
                                            cies and guidelines that pertain to road
We’ve created a new group called En-                                                     latest, most interesting news articles         retirement board.
                                            and bridge projects and operations.
gineering Policy to promote Practical                                                    about department activities in a short,    Employee Satisfaction
                                            Users will be able to obtain integrated,
Design. Chief Engineer Kevin Keith                                                       easy-to-read format. This is a low-        Survey Results
                                            up-to-date information about everything                                                                                             3
has moved this group, comprised of                                                       cost way to provide information about      We’ve received initial results from
                                            from planning to guardrails to mainte-
nine employees from Standards, out                                                       transportation issues directly to any-     the employee satisfaction survey,
of Design to a position that reports                                                     one interested in transportation topics.   and they are available on the Intranet
directly to him.                        “Engineering policy will apply to anyone                                                    at: http://wwwi/intranet/documents/
                                                                                         Retirement System
                                         from Maintenance to Design,” said                                                          Employee%20Survey.pdf.
The group, led by Joe Jones, techni-                                                     Merger Update
                                         Jones. “Our goal is to facilitate guide-
cal support engineer, has identified                                                     Gov. Matt Blunt recently named the         The firm that conducted the survey, Be-
                                         lines for all groups and bring them into
MoDOT’s “cost drivers” - the relatively                                                  members of the State Retirement            havior Health Concepts, is continuing
                                         one electronic source.”
                                                                                         Consolidation Commission, which            to analyze the data and in mid-Decem-
                                                                                         will examine the issue of consolidat-      ber will provide a detailed interpreta-
                                                                                         ing the MoDOT and Patrol Employees’        tion of what you had to say.
                                                                                         Retirement System with the Missouri
                                                                                         State Employees’ Retirement System.        The results show MoDOT has made
                                                                                         MoDOT Director Pete Rahn and               some progress in all areas of employee
                                                                                         Missouri Highways and Transporta-          satisfaction. However, the initial data
                                                                                         tion Commissioner Jim Anderson will        confirms that pay, recognition, promo-
                                                                                         serve on the committee, which has yet      tions and employee input continue to
                                                                                         to meet.                                   be issues that impact job satisfaction.
                                                                                                                                    Therefore, these are some of the areas
                                                                                         MoDOT and the commission support           we are trying to improve.
                                                                                         the consolidation of the MPERS and
                                                                                         MOSERS retirement systems with a           If you have any questions about the
                                                                                         blended contribution rate for all its      survey or the findings, please contact
                                                                                         members, if the following issues are       Mollie LeBlanc at 573-522-5259 or Mol-
Members of the new Engineering Policy group discuss ways to                                                               
promote our Practical Design initiative. From left to right are Dan                      addressed:
Tschirgi, Joe Jones, Tom Allen, Angie Otto and Keith Smith.

December 2005                                                                                                                                                Connections
    Strategic Advance Yields Opportunities,
    Strengths and Roadblocks
    Forty members of MoDOT’s leadership         Top Eight Strengths of MoDOT                  that could make right-of-way acqui-      8. Failing to fulfill our promises.
    team spent Oct. 26 zeroing in on what       1. Dedicated, talented and loyal em-          sition more time consuming and           9. A system that keeps growing and
    we need to do in the next two years to         ployees.                                   costly.                                      continues to deteriorate.
    make our organization successful at         2. Leadership.                             6. Increased number of work zones           10. We incur too much debt.
    achieving our tangible results. They        3. Openness to new ideas.                     could mean travel delays and in-         11. Arguments over funding distribu-
    developed actions to build on strengths     4. Proven ability to deliver what we          convenienced drivers.                        tion.
    and minimize roadblocks.                       promise.                                7. SRI pavement doesn’t hold up.
                                                5. Success, which brings success.
    Here are the outcomes from the Strate-
                                                6. Strong relationships with stakehold-
    gic Advance:
                                                   ers and partners.
                                                7. History of providing a critical func-
    Top Eight Opportunities for MoDOT
                                                   tion to society.
    1. Market our good things.
                                                8. Success of SRI.
    2. Increase public/private
       partnerships.                            Top 11 Roadblocks MoDOT Needs
    3. Increase revenue.                        to Overcome
    4. Determine what’s after SRI.
                                                1. Workforce issues such as multiple
    5. Continue to practice Practical
                                                   years with no pay raises.
                                                2. Costs of projects rising over our
    6. Improve relationships with external
                                                3. Everything is a high priority.
    7. Make a giant leap in traffic manage-
                                                4. Legal constraints/inability to pass

                                                                                                                                                                                Cathy Morrison
       ment and operations.
    8. Attract and retain a workforce that
                                                5. Possible eminent domain reforms
       takes pride in working at MoDOT.
                                                                                           Organaizational Results’ Margie Bramon, right, leads senior managers in
                                                                                           a discussion on how we can achieve our tangible results.
    RideShare Database Links Car Poolers
    by Matt Hiebert                                                                           2006 Legislative Dates of Interest
    Remember when you complained a few          get a list of tips to help stretch your        Jan. 4             General Assembly convenes at noon
    years ago when gas was a buck a gal-        mileage. You’ll also find an easy-to-use       Jan. 16            Legislature not in session – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
    lon? Ah, those were the days.               database that lets you find fellow em-         Feb. 7             State of Transportation Address (10 a.m.)
                                                ployees that are going your way. The           March 1            Last day for introduction of Senate bills
    To help employees save a gallon or
                                                RideShare database lets you enter your         March 15           Last day to place Senate bills on the consent calendar
    two, MoDOT’s Human Resources and
                                                name, point of origin and destination          March 16-27        Spring Break
    Community Relations divisions got
                                                into a list that can be viewed by other        April 15           Last day to place House bills on the consent calendar
    together and came up with an Intranet
                                                employees. If someone is using the             May 5              Appropriation bills must be truly agreed and finally passed
    site that connects commuters and offers
                                                same route you are - and shares your           May 12             Session ends at 6 p.m.
    fuel-saving tips.
                                                work schedule - you can contact him or         May 30             Adjournment per state constitution
    By going to wwwi and following the          her and start trading drive days.              July 14            Last day for governor to veto bills
    links (or going directly to http://wwwi/                                                   Aug. 28            Most adopted bills become law
    intranet/cr/savemogas.htm) you can                                                         Sept. 13           Veto Session

    October Retirements                                                                    December Service Anniversaries
    Name                                 Location          Years of Service                35 Years                                   Tommie L. Chitwood          D9
                                                                                           Michael H. Prussman         D1             Judy M. Harris-Turner       D9
    Billy Becker                          D10               30
                                                                                           Carol G. Pleus              D5             Beverly S. Thoenen          CO
    Troy Caldwell                         D5                32
    John Derr                             CO                26                             30 Years                                   5 Years
4                                                                                                                                     Craig A. Heckenbach         D1
    Kelly Eaton                           D4                35                             Carolyn Corum               CO
    George Goff                           CO                8                              Steven L. Tarr              D2             Douglas J. Reeves           D1
    George Graham                         D10               37                                                                        Larry W. West               D1
                                                                                           25 Years
    Kurt Groenda                          D3                33                                                                        Terry J. Beets              D2
                                                                                           Donald W. Bigby             D2
    Patricia Higgins                      CO                20                                                                        Jason G. Harvey             D2
                                                                                           Kenneth L. Burrus           D9
    Gerry May                             D1                29                                                                        Christina M. Owen           D2
                                                                                           Duane L. Buersmeyer         CO
    Rickey Owen                           D1                28                                                                        R. Keith Boling             D3
    Lee Price                             D5                26                             20 Years                                   Karin L. Cummins            D4
    Rickie Proffer                        D10               26                             Gary W. Fewins              D1             Kurtis K. Hathaway          D4
    Larry Thompson                        CO                33                             Thomas J. Dewall            D2             John P. Joyce               D4
    Stephen Torbet                        D10               28                             Keith M. Deweese            D2             Carl King                   D4
    Jack Wilson                           CO                21                             Roger D. Page               D3             Michael J. King             D4
    Jerry Young                           D4                30                             Arthur R. Mueller           D5             Brenda L. Rempe             D4
                                                                                           Donald G. Benham            D7             Jerica L. Holtsclaw         D5
                                                                                           Paul W. Kraft               D7             Brad A. Allsup              D6
                                                                                           Jimmie G. Chastain          D8             Dennis A. Brown             D6
    In Memoriam                                                                            Thomas W. Gerleve           D8             Timothy T. Burke            D6
                                                                                           Robert M. Ringeisen         D9             Robert L. Creamer           D6
    Active Employees                                                                       Allen E. Friedrich          D10            Kenneth E. Jenkins          D6
    Phillip H. Dawson                     D6                Oct. 27                        Mark E. Shelton             D10            James L. Leach              D6
                                                                                                                                      Kevin W. Ogden              D6
    Retirees                                                                               15 Years                                   Jesse B. Peoples            D6
    Billy E. Clifton                      D7                Sept. 28                       David C. Doty               D1             Wesley C. Stephen           D6
    William A. Haukap, Jr.                D6                Sept. 29                       Loren G. Dickmeier          D4             Gary B.Clinton              D7
    Warren E. McDaniel                    D2                Oct. 2                         Bradford E. Williams        D4             Jerad A. Finch              D8
    Jerry D. Mallory                      D3                Oct. 8
                                                                                           10 Years                                   Michael J. Brandon          D10
    Harold F. Gatenby                     D1                Oct. 13
                                                                                           Brett Conkling              D1             Andrew P. Mack              D10
    Clarence F. Roth                      D10               Oct. 15
                                                                                           Randy L. Demery             D5             Pamela K. Masterson         D10
    Fred A. Shirley                       D4                Oct. 17
                                                                                           Phillip M. Ruffus           D6             Todd A. Hogg                CO
    William F. Mushrush                   CO                Oct. 28
                                                                                           Keith D. Martin             D7             Teresa L. Houck             CO
    John T. Christopher                   D9                Oct. 31
    Billy R. Madewell                     D4                Nov. 1                         Doug H. Wilks               D7

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                                                                                                                                                 Broeker began working for MoDOT
                                                                                                                                                 in 1998, after serving in a number of
                                                                                                                                                 positions for the State Auditor’s office,
                                                                                                                                                 including audit manager. She has a
                                                                                                                                                 bachelor’s degree in business admin-
                                                                                                                                                 istration from Southeast Missouri
          CentralOffice                                                                                                                          State University.

                                                                                                                                                 A native of Washington, Mo., Broeker

Broeker Is New CFO
                                                                                                                                                 is a certified public accountant, a cer-
                                                                                                                                                 tified internal auditor and a certified
                                                                                                                                                 government financial manager. She
Most of us find it hard enough to manage our own finances. Imagine                                                                               is a member of the American Insti-
having to oversee MoDOT’s financial and administrative operations,                                                                               tute of Certified Public Accountants,
                                                                                                                                                 the Missouri Society of Certified
including its $2.2 million budget.

                                                                                                                                 Shaun Schmitz
                                                                                                                                                 Public Accountants, the Association
That’s what Roberta Broeker signed          cial and administrative officer position                                                             of Government Accountants, and the
on to do on Oct. 24 after serving as        a little like jumping from the frying                                                                Institute of Internal Auditors and has
the department’s acting chief financial     pan into the fire?                                                                                   held a number of leadership roles in
                                                                                       DOT Director Pete Rahn) believes my
and administrative officer for several                                                                                                           these professional organizations.
                                           Broeker, who is the highest-ranking         abilities are in line with what we’re
months. Broeker, who previously
                                           female in the agency’s 84-year history,     trying to achieve as an organization,”                    When she’s not working, Broeker
served as the department’s director of
                                           doesn’t see it that way.                    Broeker said.                                             enjoys traveling and singing in the
Audits and Investigations, replaced Pat
                                                                                       “Roberta is a tremendous asset to                         Jefferson City Cantorum and at her
Goff, who retired.                         “I’m having a great time in my new po-
                                                                                        our department and will provide the                      church. She also collects Depression
                                            sition, and I’m pleased that Pete (Mo-
Is going from the director of Audits
                                                                                        steady, insightful leadership we need                    glass and cat stuff, such as figurines,
and Investigations to the chief finan-                                                                                                           planters and cookie jars.
                                                                                        in this critical position,” said Rahn.

Other Duties as Assigned
by DeAnne Bonnot

When he was hired last year as an of-      of the disabled parking space. If you        above and beyond required standards,                     fix will mean all the world to physical-
fice assistant in Central Office Human     parked there, you’d block off the access     we found many common sense adjust-                       ly challenged customers,” said DeWitt.
Resources, Stewart Strong expected         to the ramp – defeating the whole con-       ments to make our facilities more
                                                                                                                                                 It’s that kind of thinking that moves
to handle mail, file stacks of paper and   cept of access,” said DeVore.                convenient and safer for all customers.”
                                                                                                                                                 MoDOT from just meeting standards
take phone duty. He never expected
                                           Sidewalks were another concern. In         “Most of the issues Stewart and Chris                      to truly delighting its customers.
that MoDOT would send him on an
                                           most rest areas, sections of concrete       saw require just a simple fix. But that
all-expenses-paid tour . . . of highway
                                           had heaved, raising some sections five
rest areas.
                                           inches higher than the rest. In other
The tour came about because Dave           places, whole pieces shifted, leaving
DeWitt, deputy administrative officer,     gaps in the path. These aren’t just issues
represents MoDOT on the Governor’s         for the mobility-impaired – they’re trip
Council on Disability. A council mem-      hazards for pedestrians.
ber mentioned having trouble open-
                                           At one location, Strong and DeVore
ing a rest area door. DeWitt worked
                                            found an arrangement they’re likely to
to rectify the problem, then brought
                                            recommend for all rest areas. In an ac-
questions back to his team, “Are there
                                            cessible restroom stall they found that
other accessibility barriers in the
                                            the toilet paper dispenser was installed
rest areas? Are there improvements
                                            above, rather than below, the grab bar
we could make that go beyond ADA
                                           – the rail on the wall that people use to
                                            steady themselves.
Strong tackled the assignment from                                                                                                                                                           5
                                           “A simple thing like the location of a
the perfect perspective. He uses a self-
                                            dispenser is a big deal if a disabil-
propelled wheelchair to get around.
                                            ity causes you to have problems with       Steward Strong, left, an office assistant in Human Resources, helps
In three days, he, Chris DeVore, CO
                                            balance,” said Strong. “If we relocate     Michael Roberts and John Cool check the accessibility of a highway
general services manager, and others                                                   rest area. Roberts is a building utilities service specialist with District
                                            dispensers above the grab bar, our
took Multimodal’s new accessible                                                       4, and Cool is the district facility manager for District 1.
                                            customers won’t have to lean off-center.
transit van for a spin through five rest
                                            That’s much safer.”
areas: Concordia, Booneville, Dear-
born, Wright City and Mineola.             Added DeVore: “When the Americans
                                           with Disabilities Act became a law,
It didn’t take long to spot problems.
                                           MoDOT made a significant investment
“At one stop, we didn’t have to leave      of resources to come into compliance.
 the van to notice an issue. The curb      We addressed all offices, rest areas
 ramp was located directly in front        and thousands of sidewalk curb ramps
                                           statewide. In looking at how we can go

   for more info
        Connections Editor                 Sally Oxenhandler
        Phone                              573.751.7456
                                                                                       Strong points out the difficulties shifting pavement
        105 W. Capitol Avenue                                                          can cause to people in wheel chairs.
        P.O. Box 270
        Jefferson City, MO 65102

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    Dedication: Rural Style
    Story and photos by Elaine Justus

    Dedications, ribbon cuttings and          more of a small, personal event.
    groundbreakings are on-going affairs      Recently, MoDOT was contacted by
    for our organization. There can be a      a family in Eagleville in Harrison
    world of difference, though, between      County (that’s up near the Iowa line,
    those events that take place in a large

                                                                                          Four generations of Shain men came forward to accept the commemorative
                                                                                          sign for their creek and the Senate resolution specially prepared by Sen. Da-
                                                                                          vid Klindt, that recognized their ancestors as being among the first settlers
                                                                                          in Harrison County.

                                                                                          clear running stream, which he immedi-       formation of Harrison County. Appar-
                                                                                          ately named after himself.                   ently residents got on famously with the
                                                                                                                                       native American population. The only
                                                                                          Everyone in the area knows Shain
                                                                                                                                       incident (called Killian’s Indian War)
                                                                                          Creek, but there has never been a sign
                                                                                                                                       was just a misunderstanding. Seems
                                                                                          to actually mark it as such. The family
                                                                                                                                       Mr. Killian got lost and was presumed
                                                                                          asked if it would be possible to have
    Area Engineer Erik Maninga braved the chilly weather to represent MoDOT                                                            kidnapped. The vigilante posse found
                                                                                          a sign on each of the two state routes
    at the unveiling of two signs at Shain Creek. A crowd of about 30 people                                                           him as he was being led home by the lo-
                                                                                          that cross the creek, and we agreed.
    attended the event.                                                                                                                cal tribesmen, and no violence ensued.
                                                                                          Together we decided a formal dedica-
    urban setting and those that happen in    for those of you who are geographi-         tion ceremony was warranted in light of      Sen. David Klindt sent a special Sen-
    the more rural districts.                 cally challenged). It seems in 1858         the history of this family. News releases    ate resolution for the family, which
                                              their great, great grandfather was          were sent out (there’s only one paper        patriarch Delbert Shain accepted with
    Dedications in the urban environment
                                              among the very first white settlers in      in the county, one radio station and no      great pride.
    can mean a huge gathering of marching
                                              this “wild native” portion of Missouri.     television stations), invitations were ex-
    bands, speeches by politicians, special                                                                                            After the ceremony, we all adjourned to
                                              His name was Thomas Shain, and not          tended to the local schools and the ap-
    commemorative giveaways, etc. They                                                                                                 the Shain home in Eagleville for a nice,
                                              only did he operate the first mercan-       propriate elected officials and we picked
    can often take months to plan and                                                                                                  homemade lunch (complete with sliced
                                              tile in the area, but he housed the first   a date of Oct. 24. The day dawned crisp
    involve dozens of people.                                                                                                          raw turnips, a family favorite). It turned
                                              post office and funded the building of      and windy, but no rain. Because the
    Dedications in the rural area are often   a local school. He owned more than                                                       into a family reunion of sorts, as ev-
                                                                                          state road was a narrow two lane with
    the same, but occasionally they become    600 acres of prairie and forest and one                                                  eryone shared family history, and told
                                                                                          minimal traffic and no shoulders, we
                                                                                                                                       anecdotes (it seems Mrs. Tom Shain
                                                                                          decided to completely close the road for
                                                                                                                                       wore a black satin dress, smoked a pipe
                                                                                          the short period the event would take.
                                                                                                                                       and was legendary for never losing her
                                                                                          It made the occasion safer and gave
                                                                                          everyone a good place to park.
                                                                                                                                       The Shain family even purchased
                                                                                          Jane Smith, former principal of North
6                                                                                                                                      ad space in the local paper to thank
                                                                                          Harrison High School and a respected
                                                                                                                                       MoDOT. Let’s see the big urban areas
                                                                                          local historian, shared stories about the
                                                                                                                                       top that!

    Jane Smith, former principal of North Harrison High School and a recog-
    nized local historian, brought along anecdotes about the area she gleaned
    from “The History of Harrison County, 1888.” The book is a family heirloom
    that belonged to her father.

      for more info
           Community Relations Manager          Elaine Justus
           Phone                                816.387.2353

           3602 N. Belt Highway
                                                                                          Following the formal sign dedication ceremony, family and friends
           P.O. Box 287
                                                                                          gathered at the Shain home in Eagleville to have lunch and review family
           St. Joseph, MO 64502                                                           histories and memorabilia.

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Local Citizens Team with
MoDOT for a Big Success
What happens when a community                MoDOT district office with the Macon
wants something that seems impos-            High School Marching Band playing
                                                                                                        Signs are uncovered minutes before the four-lanes of Route 63 from Macon
sible? Say for instance a multimillion       selections from their field show. After                    to Kirksville open to traffic.
dollar four-lane highway that has no         brief remarks offered by the invited
funding? They organize, roll up their
sleeves and get to work. A few short
                                             speakers, everyone tied yellow ribbons
                                             on the antennas of their vehicles and
                                                                                                        Route 63                                which was approved by a 78 percent
                                                                                                                                                to 22 percent margin.
years later, many reap the benefits.         headed to the next stop along the way.                     Project Diary –
                                                                                                                                                May 2002 – Project development ac-
Most everyone in north central Mis-          At each ceremony throughout the                            Chronology                              tivities begin between MoDOT, Koch,
souri has heard of the Highway 63            day, state officials and local residents
Transportation Corporation and its ef-       shared what the expansion of Route 63                      of Success                              and Koch’s consultant, HNTB.

forts to team with MoDOT to four-lane        to four lanes meant to them person-                                                                March 2003 – Bid for the construc-
                                             ally and to their communities. A basic                     Thanks to the dedication of the         tion of the bridge north of La Plata
Route 63 from Macon to Kirksville.
                                             theme connected the speakers mes-                          Highway 63 Transportation Corpora-      awarded to Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc.
Assistant District Engineer Mike                                                                        tion and the citizens who voted to
                                             sages – cooperation, teamwork, and                                                                 May 2003 – Ground-breaking cer-
Herleth, who has worked with the 63                                                                     fund the project, a four-lane highway
                                             local citizens stepping up to make their                                                           emony to celebrate the reality of this
Corporation since their inception, said,
                                             dreams a reality.                                          has opened to traffic years ahead of
“I am very proud to have been a part                                                                                                            project held at the Kirksville Airport,
                                                                                                        schedule. Now that’s a success story.
                                             When it came time for the lanes to                                                                 with more than 600 people in atten-
                                                                                                        Spring 1999 – MoDOT begins              dance.
                                                                                                        discussions with the Kirksville Area
                                                                                                                                                November 2003 – Bid for the four-lan-
                                                                                                        Chamber of Commerce on innovative
                                                                                                                                                ing project awarded to Chester Bross
                                                                                                        financing options.
                                                                                                                                                & Sons, Inc.
                                                                                                        November 1999 - Highway 63 Trans-
                                                                                                                                                Project Costs – Total cost is approxi-
                                                                                                        portation Corporation is formed.
                                                                                                                                                mately $23.1 million. MoDOT has a
                                                                                                        April 2000 – The Missouri Highways      15-year pavement warranty backed by
                                                                                                        and Transportation Commission           Koch to ensure a smooth-riding, high
                                                                                                        approves the corporation and allows     performance pavement. The corpo-
                                                                                                        them to proceed to generate a plan to   ration is paying $11.5 million over
                                                                                       Cathy Morrison

                                                                                                        finance the project. MoDOT begins       a 10-year period to MoDOT, which
                                                                                                        the process of scoping and creating     represents about 35 percent of the total
                                                                                                        the required environmental docu-        out of pocket cost to MoDOT.
                                                                                                        ment.                                   October 2005 – Ribbon-cutting cer-
                                                                                                        Spring 2001 – Realizing the corpora-    emony and opening of the four lanes.
Route 63 ceremony participants cut the ribbon in Kirksville.
                                                                                                        tion could not meet the standard 50     Spring 2007 - Two, four-mile sec-
of this effort and to have worked with       open, Area Engineer Dennis Brucks,                         percent participation of the project    tions of Route 63 are scheduled for
such professional individuals as those       Resident Engineer Jeff Gander, and                         cost normally required by MHTC, the     construction in 2007. The sections
members of the 63 Corporation. It has        Construction Inspector Shane Viers,                        Corporation invited private groups      are just south of Kirksville and just
been a great privilege and an outstand-      with assistance from other District 2                      to consider innovative contracting      north of Macon. Upon completion, the
ing learning experience.”                    employees and the Highway Patrol,                          and financing methods that might be     projects will extend the 22-miles of                                                                  7
                                             orchestrated the process of shifting                       attractive to the commission.           four-lane just opened into each city at
The process, started in 1999 to provide
                                             traffic from the two-lane roadway to                       The corporation selected Koch           a cost of $7 million a piece.
safety, economic development and a
                                             four-lane. Once opened, corporation                        Performance Roads
sound future for north central Missouri,
                                             members were among the first to drive                      as a partner with the
came to a highly anticipated conclusion
                                             over the new pavement.                                     innovation of a 15-year
on Oct. 27, when the new lanes opened
to traffic for the very first time.          “This was the first time a transpor-                       surface warranty and
                                             tation corporation partnered with                          an ability to deliver the
Prior to the opening, ribbon-cut-
                                             MoDOT to complete a major system                           project very quickly at
ting ceremonies were held in Macon,
                                             improvement,” said District Engineer                       a capped cost.
Atlanta, La Plata and Kirksville to
                                             Dan Niec. “Since the inception of this                     November 2001
celebrate the auspicious occasion. The
                                                                                                                                                                                           Winston Vanderhoof, Truman State University Publications

                                             project, three other four-lane corridor                    – The corporation
local communities worked together to
                                             projects have followed suit. Without                       presents the plan to
give citizens a day of music, food and
                                             the efforts of the 63 Corporation, we                      the commission,which
                                             would not be driving on a four-lane                        approved the plan and
The procession started in Macon at the       facility between Kirksville and Macon                      the partnership with
                                             today.”                                                    Koch.
  for more info                                                                                         April 2002 –The
    Community Relations Manager            Tammy Wallace                                                corporation proposed a
    Phone                                  660.385.8209
                                                                                                        half cent sales tax pro-
                                                                                                        posal to the voters of
    Route 63                                                                                            the City of Kirksville,
    P.O. Box 8
    Macon, MO 63552

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    The Bridges of
    Montgomery County
    Although they are not covered bridges,     unique aesthetic features when com-
    two significant and unique projects are    pleted. Right now, though, the most       Kevin James, traffic operations engineer, and Tim Lake, signing
    occurring in the southernmost part of      interesting activity is being able to     crew supervisor, review the sign log on the computer.
    the Northeast District.                    actually watch construction as it pro-

                                                                                         Roadway Visibility Is A
    The Route N bridge at Mineola over         gresses via the Web.
    the Loutre River (which means otter        Three cameras have been installed near
    in French) has a distinct look. The
    concrete bridge barrier resembles stone,
                                               the bridge to take snapshots every 15
                                               minutes that are immediately posted
                                                                                         Good Sign
    which complements the picturesque          on the Web. Those interested in seeing    The customers in northeast Missouri         He and his crew are already working to
                                                                        how work         said more than 91 percent of the signs      improve the 91.05 percent. “We’re
                                                                        is progress-     along major roads met their overall         digging holes to install new guide signs
                                                                        ing can go to    expectation. This is good news for Tim      as we speak,” Tim said during the inter-
                                                                        www.modot.       Lake and his crew who are responsible       view over his cell phone.
                                                                        org/northeast    for maintaining the sign log and mak-       Overall, 61 percent
                                                                        and click on     ing changes when needed. “My crew           of customers said
                                                                        the Hermann      works hard, so I’m not surprised by the     signage on major
                                                                        Bridge link.     results,” Tim said. “We stay on top of      roads met their
                                                                                         these by regularly reviewing signs and      expectations.
                                                                                         listening to our co-workers who see the
                                                                                         signs every day,” he said.
    The Loutre River bridge on Route N in Montgomery
    County features a stone-like barrier to complement the
    beautiful area.
    rural landscape. This structure replaced
                                                                                         Ed Fox, Kurt Groenda Retire
    a through-truss bridge that was built                                                Looking forward to a life of hunting,       Of course, these things will only come
    in 1925. The road was realigned, and                                                 fishing and relaxation, Ed Fox was          after he gets the long list of “honey do’s”
    the new bridge was built to the south.                                               given a memorable send off during           that have been neglected. “Oh, I’ll get
    There was a historic blacksmith shop                                                 his retirement reception last month.        to them, but I’m going to do nothing for
    that was disassembled by local resi-                                                                                             awhile,” Ed said. Ed retired after 23
    dents and moved to the Crane Museum                                                                                              years with MoDOT.
    in Williamsburg.
                                                                                                                                                        Kurt Groenda also
    The new $30 million Bond Bridge,                                                                                                                    retired this fall after
    located on the Montgomery/Gascon-                                                                                                                   33 years of service to
    ade county line near Hermann, is now       See how work on the Hermann
                                               Bridge has progressed since this                                                                         MoDOT. He is already
    under construction. It, too, will have     snapshot was taken on Nov. 14 by                                                                         putting his time to
                                               going to MoDOT’s Web site.                                                                               good use by serving as
                                                                                                                                                        the director of the local
                                                                                                                                     Kurt Groenda
                                                                                                                                                        humane shelter. Con-
                                                                                                                                     retired at the
8   Ronnie Rouse Takes “29”                                                              Ed Fox is pictured with his wife,
                                                                                                                                     end of Sep-
                                                                                                                                                        gratulations to both Ed
                                                                                                                                                        and Kurt!
    Highway to Retirement                                                                Bert, at his retirement reception.

                                                                                         The Great Chili Cookoff for Kids
                The “Ronnie Roast”             how much Ronnie will be missed by his
                 was disguised as his          co-workers. From the platform shoes to
                retirement reception, but      the box of cans, Ronnie will have good
                                                                                         It may not have been the traditional        “It is so wonderful to see the kids’ faces
                     Ronnie Rouse was          memories to share of his retirement
                                                                                         chili cookoff, but it raised almost $300    and know that we have contributed to
                     well prepared for the     reception.
                                                                                         for the Children’s Christmas Commit-        their happiness,” Janet said.
                      gag gifts and even       Ronnie plans to hunt, fish, ride his
                                                                                         tee. “This was a fun way to raise money     Other events the committee has held
                        the video. He may      motorcycle and take it easy for awhile.
                                                                                         for disadvantaged children,” said Janet     this year include a barbecue, parking
                        not have been          “Maybe next spring I’ll take on some
                                                                                         Groenda.                                    raffles, a fish fry, and a “guess the giant
                       prepared for the        work, but for now I want to enjoy the
                       12-foot-long honey-                                               The committee holds fundraisers             pumpkin weight” game.
                                               winter without getting phone calls,” he
                       do list provided                                                  throughout the year with a goal to give
                                               jokingly said.
                      by his wife. It was                                                some children a wonderful holiday. In
                                               Congratulations to Ronnie on his
               done in fun and showed                                                    December, the children will visit the
                                               retirement after 29 years of service to
                                                                                         Northeast District office. “They visit
      for more info                                                                      each of the departments in the district
                                                                                         office, then we gather them around the
           Community Relations Manager         Marisa Brown
                                                                                         Christmas tree, give them treats, and
           Phone                               573.248.2502
                                                                                         Santa and Mrs. Claus stop by to drop
                                                                                         off the presents,” Janet continued. Each
           Route 61 South                                                                                                            Tom Batenhorst’s “TNT” chili
                                                                                         child is assigned a “helper,” a volunteer   won first place in the cookoff.
           P.O. Box 1067
           Hannibal, MO 63401                                                            from the district office.                   Tom and his wife, Terry, made
                                                                                                                                     the chili, hence the “TNT.”

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                                                                                                          Interstate 70 Reconstruction
                                                                                                          Project Complete
MoHELPS Hurricane Relief                                                                                  by Jennifer Benefield

Efforts Continue                                                                                          Two construction seasons of narrow,
                                                                                                          reduced lanes and congested traffic
                                                                                                                                                   “For all you football fans, that’s like
                                                                                                                                                    paving Arrowhead 26 times,”
by Jennifer Benefield                                                                                     ended Oct. 24 when all east- and west-    said Gammon
                                                                                                          bound lanes of Interstate 70 from I-470/
Kanasas City-area state employees          off luncheon and cash donations, state                                                                   Blue Springs Mayor Steve Steiner,
                                                                                                          Route 291 to Route 7 were reopened
from the departments of Transporta-        employees have raised $4,585 to date.                                                                    Independence City Councilman Jim
                                                                                                          to traffic.
tion, Natural Resources, Conservation                                                                                                               Schultz, State Rep. Gary Dusenburg
                                           State employees also donated time on
and the Missouri State Highway Patrol                                                                     MoDOT Director Pete Rahn and              and Blue Ridge Bank and Trust presi-
                                           Saturdays through October to collect
continue to raise money and collect                                                                       District Engineer Beth Wright thanked     dent Bill Esry thanked MoDOT for
                                                             water, food, cloth-
                                                                                                          elected officials,
                                                             ing and household
                                                                                                          area businesses,
                                                             goods at MoDOT
                                                             maintenance facili-
                                                                                                          Inc., and its
                                                             ties throughout the
                                                                                                          who gathered in
                                                                                 Dave Walker of           the parking lot
                                                                                 Walker Tire-Truck        of Blue Ridge
                                                                                 & Tow Service            Bank and Trust
                                                                                 of Odessa and his        Oct. 21 to mark
                                                                                 employees have           the completion of
                                                            Jennifer Benefield

                                                                                 made several trips       the 5-mile, $40
                                                                                 to the Gulf Coast        million project.
                                                                                 region and volun-
                                                                                    “We are extremely
Liaison Engineer Coordinator Mike Thomas, Roarke                                 tarily distributed the
                                                                                     pleased to deliver
Holzschuh Missouri Department of Natural Resources                               donations to those
                                                                                     this project on
and Missouri State Highway Patrolman Sgt. Green                                  in need.
(l-r) present a $600 MoHELPS campaign check for fuel                                 time,” said
and a certificate of appreciation to Dave Walker of            Prime Outlets of      District Engineer
Walker Tire-Truck & Tow Service.
                                                               Odessa has provided Beth Wright.
                                                               free space to Walker “We appreciate the
donations to aid those impacted by
                                           so the donated items can be securely      cooperation of the
Hurricane Katrina.
                                           stored until volunteers can sort and      cities of Indepen-
A Halloween Soups, Brews & Stews           load the items into tractor trailers.     dence and Blue
luncheon and silent auction held at                                                  Springs and the
                                           State employees presented Walker with
MoDOT’s District 4 office generated                                                  patience of the
                                           a $600 check for fuel and a certificate
an additional $2,678 for the fund.                                                   traveling public
                                           of appreciation Nov. 8 for his generous

                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve Porter
                                                                                     while the project
Combined with a Sept. 21 chili cook-       support of the MoHELPS campaign.
                                                                                     was constructed.”

Route 152 from Amity to                                                                                   The project began Project Manager Susan McCubbins (left) and Resident
                                                                                                          in Fall 2003 with Engineer Shelie Tiszka celebrate the completion of the

Hampton Now Open
                                                                                                                                 two-year, $40-million project to reconstruct five miles of
                                                                                                          earth and retain-      Interstate 70.
                                                                                                          ing wall work. It
by Jennifer Benefield                                                                                     included total pavement replacement of completing such a large project with
The new Route 152 lane additions from      October 1982, and lanes, bridges and                           east- and westbound lanes; construc-        minimal disruption to the area.
Amity Avenue to Hampton Road were          interchanges were added over the                               tion of auxiliary lanes between I-470                                                                9
                                                                                                                                                      Steiner, who was elected mayor about
opened to traffic Nov. 7.                  years as traffic increased and funding                         and Little Blue Parkway; construction
                                                                                                                                                      the same time the project started, said
                                           became available. The total cost to                            of 12-foot shoulders designed to ac-
The project began in March 2005 and                                                                                                                   the City of Blue Springs had antici-
                                           construct Route 152 to date is $84.3                           commodate future expansion; widen-
consisted of constructing 2.25 miles of                                                                                                               pated much larger impact to traffic and
                                           million.                                                       ing, rehabilitation and redecking of the
westbound lanes and one new bridge.                                                                                                                   commerce.
                                                                                                          east- and westbound bridges over the
Route 152 is now a four-lane divided       “This is a great day…we are pleased to
                                                                                                          Little Blue River; widening and reha-      “It wasn’t all that bad,” said Steiner.
facility stretching 18 miles from Inter-    deliver this project on time and on bud-
                                                                                                          bilitation of the east- and westbound       Rahn said in his travels across the
state 35 in Clay County to Interstate       get,” said Wright. “Route 152 will play
                                                                                                          bridges over Kansas City Southern           state, MoDOT’s customers are noticing
435 in Platte County.                       a vital role in the economic prosperity
                                                                                                          Railways; and the incorporation of          a marked improvement in the state’s
                                            of Platte and Clay counties.”
MoDOT and the prime contractor,                                                                           Kansas City Scout’s traffic manage-         transportation system, thanks to the
Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., hosted a          Wrap-up work continued through late                            ment system.                                Smoother, Safer, Sooner initiative.
ribbon-cutting event Nov. 2 on the new     November as crews made repairs to
                                                                                                          Scott Gammon, vice presiedent of          Rahn said MoDOT hopes to one day
westbound bridge.                          the eastbound pavement, installed
                                                                                                          APAC-Kansas, Inc., said his company       improve the remaining 200 miles of In-
                                           drains and guardrail, and striped the
District engineer Beth Wright said                                                                        was pleased to be a part of the project   terstate 70 between Kansas City and St.
construction of Route 152 began in                                                                        and complete the work with 59 days        Louis, but currently there is no funding
                                                                                                          still left in the contract. He described  for the overall project.

  for more info                                                                                           the large amount of concrete needed for “It could cost $3.5 billion,” Rahn said.
                                                                                                          the newly constructed lanes.
       Community Relations Manager          Joel Blobaum                                                                                           “Right now we have zero.”
       Phone                                816.622.6327

       600 NE Colbern Road
       Lee’s Summit, MO 64068

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                                                                                                      New Route 54 Expressway

     Work Wraps on Two
     Route 94 Bridges
     Route 94 motorists are now travel-         The recent bridge replacements are part
     ing over two new bridges in Callaway       of a series of projects to replace dete-
     County. The Logan and Big Tavern           riorating bridges along Route 94 in Cal-
     Creek Bridges were opened in October,      laway County. MoDOT finished replac-
     as crews continued work on the project.    ing four bridges along the rural route in

                                                                                                                                                                                        Kristin Gerber
     A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held         2003. Design plans are currently being
     on Nov. 7.                                 prepared for the replacement of the
                                                bridge over Eagle Creek in Portland.
     The $4.2 million project included
                                                                                                      Senior Highway Designer Jerica Holtsclaw talks with a resident about
     replacing the two bridges, realigning      Speakers at the ceremony included                     proposed plans for the Route 54 Expressway through the Lake of the
     the roadway and removing the previ-        Rep. Danielle Moore, Callaway County                  Ozarks. Nearly 450 people attended two hearings in November to pro-
     ous bridges. The project will improve      Presiding Commissioner Lee Fritz                      vide input about the project. The new highway will improve traffic flow
                                                                                                      and safety through Osage Beach. Construction is expected to begin in
     safety for motorists traveling Route 94.   and Central District Engineer Roger                   late 2006 and be completed in late 2010.
     The new bridges include shoulders and      Schwartze. The South Callaway High
     wider lanes. They are also longer and      School Band performed during the
     higher to minimize flooding.               event.
                                                                                                      Buckle Up! Arrive Alive!
                                                                                                      An I-70 billboard just east of Columbia    Partners of the central region coalition
                                                                                                      displays a thought provoking image         held a news conference in Jefferson
                                                                                                      of a windshield likely shattered by        City on Oct. 28 to update the public
                                                                                                      the head of an unrestrained motorist.      about their recent efforts, which include
                                                                                                      Prominently displayed across the photo     safety upgrades to the roadway system,
                                                                                                      are the words, “What’s Stopping You?       additional traffic enforcement and edu-
                                                                                                      Buckle Up! Arrive Alive!”                  cational/awareness efforts.

                                                                                                      A second billboard image can be seen       As the group began regional efforts
                                                                                                      on Route 54 in Cole County west of         earlier this year, they researched fatal
                                                                                                      Jefferson City. It displays the image of   crashes and their causes. They found
                                                                                                      an upside down pickup truck with the       that central Missouri leads the state in
                                                                                                      words, “Pickups Rock. They also roll.      fatalities and disabling injuries con-
                                                                                                      Buckle Up! Arrive Alive.”                  nected to young drivers under 21.
                                                                                                                                                 Coalition members also learned that
                                                                                                      The billboards are the work of the Mis-
                                                                                                                                                 65 percent of young, male pickup truck
                                                                                                      souri Coalition for Roadway Safety.
                                                                                      Shaun Schmitz

                                                                                                                                                 drivers in central Missouri do not
                                                                                                      The group aims to reduce the number
                                                                                                                                                 wear seatbelts.
                                                                                                      of fatalities occurring on Missouri
                                                                                                      roadways by encouraging safe               “The coalition is working hard to reduce
     Rep. Danielle Moore helps two local residents cut the ceremonial
                                                                                                      driving practices, particularly among       the number of fatalities occurring on
     ribbon near the new Logan Creek Bridge.
                                                                                                      young drivers.                              Missouri’s roadway system,” said Dis-
                                                                                                                                                  trict Traffic Engineer Matt Myers. “But
                                                                                                      In central Missouri, the regional coali-
                                                                                                                                                  it’s important to remember that motor-
                                                                                                      tion is made up of the state Highway
                                                                                                                                                  ists share the responsibility to drive
10                                                                                                    Patrol, MoDOT, local enforcement
                                                                                                                                                  safely. Our goal is for everyone to ‘Ar-
                                                                                                      agencies, ThinkFirst, the Federal High-
                                                                                                                                                  rive Alive.’”
                                                                                                      way Administration, as well as several
                                                                                                      cities and counties.
                                                                                    Shaun Schmitz

     The South Callaway High School Band began the bridge completion
     ceremony with the national anthem. They performed a second
     patriotic song just prior to the ribbon cutting.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Mike Wright

       for more info
            Community Relations Manager         Kristin Gerber                                        Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Dale Schmidt and District
            Phone                               573.522.3375                                          Engineer Roger Schwartze lead a cooperative regional effort to re-
            E-mail                                               duce traffic-related fatalities among young drivers. During a recent
                                                                                                      news conference, the men introduced billboards being used as one
            1511 Missouri Boulevard                                                                   part of a larger awareness campaign designed to encourage drivers
            P.O. Box 718                                                                              to buckle up and drive safely.
            Jefferson City, MO 65102

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                                                                                               Employees Demonstrate
                                                                                               Equipment at Career Day

District 6 Opens an Improved
Intersection and Two Bridges

                                                                                                                                                                                 Byron Witherspoon
                                                                                               (L-R) Assistant Maintenance Supervisor George Conway from the Festus
                                                                                               Maintenance Building and Maintenance Specialist Harry Madlem from
                                                                               Megan McEntee

                                                                                               the Shreve Maintenance Building demonstrated how to use a front-
                                                                                               end loader (foreground) and a backhoe (background) at Construction
                                                                                               Career Day. In October, approximately 500 high school students from
                                                                                               the St. Louis Metropolitan area attended the third annual Construction
(L-R) Greg Meyers, South County Chamber of Commerce president                                  Career Day event held on the Washington University campus. Students
elect; Aaron Block, representative from the office of U.S. Congressman                         were introduced to the numerous and diverse career opportunities
Russ Carnahan; Missouri Rep. Sue Schoemehl; Missouri Rep. Walt Bivins;                         with unlimited potential for advancement offered by the construction
Mark Bussen, South County Chamber president; MoDOT Area Engineer                               industry. Students were also able to operate heavy equipment, partici-
Tom Blair; Donna Abernathy, South County Chamber executive direc-                              pate in a variety of other activities, including face-to-face contact with
tor; St. Louis County Executive Charles Dooley; Missouri Rep. Patricia                         industry employers and interaction with the apprenticeship coordina-
Yaeger; Missouri Sen. Harry Kennedy; and Patrick Warner, representa-                           tors from the various labor unions.
tive from the office of U.S. Congressman Todd Akin celebrate the $3.2
million project that constructed dual left-turn lanes and dedicated right-
turn lanes at all approaches of the Lindbergh Boulevard and Lemay

                                                                                               Operators and Cameras
Ferry Road intersection. This intersection previously could not handle
the large amount of vehicles traveling through the area. This was due
partly to the fact there were single left-turn lanes and single shared
through/right-turn lanes to and from Lindbergh Boulevard and Lemay
Ferry Road. Construction began in August 2004 and was completed in
October 2005, approximately three weeks ahead of schedule.
                                                                                               Save a Man’s Life
                                                                                               by Bo Sanders

                                                                                               On Oct. 18, Tunnel Operator Larry            Around 7:20 a.m. King made a second
                                                                                               King and Metro Networks Operator Bo          call to the Bridgeton Police Department
                                                                                               Sanders witnessed a medical emer-            to stress the urgency of the situation. At
                                                                                               gency using the Gateway Guide                7:22 a.m., two Bridgeton Police officers
                                                                                               Cameras. They were able to give details      arrived at the scene and checked the
                                                                             Megan McEntee

                                                                                               to emergency responders and help save        victim’s vital signs. The man did not
                                                                                               a man’s life. Here is a detailed account     seem responsive. Kluner arrived less
                                                                                               and timeline of the incident:                than a minute later to provide traffic
                                                                                                                                            support by blocking the right lane be-
The eastbound Route 30 bridge over the Meramec River reopened to                               At approximately 7:15 a.m. King
traffic on Oct. 27, approximately three weeks ahead of schedule. This                                                                       hind the incident. King then activated
                                                                                               noticed on one of the tunnel’s exterior
was the first major rehabiliation work on the eastbound and west-                                                                           message boards and lane use indicators
                                                                                               cameras that a dump truck, which was
bound Route 30 bridges over the Meramec River since the bridges                                                                             within the southbound cell of the tun-
opened to traffic in 1968. The $8.6 million project included repairs to                        traveling southbound on Route 67,
the substructures and removal of the entire driving surface of the two                                                                      nel to warn of the lane closure.
                                                                                               pulled over to the right shoulder just
bridges. A new concrete surface was also added to the bridges. The                             south of the tunnel. The male driver,                                                                 11
                                                                                                                                            At 7:26 a.m. an ambulance arrived,
bridges still need to be painted, and the approaches to the bridges
need new asphalt. The entire project will be complete in July 2006.                            who looked to be in his late 50s, got out    and medics began administering first
                                                                                               of the cab, circled the front of the truck   aid. They then prepped the victim for
                                                                                               and stepped onto the grass near the          transport. The man was given oxygen
                                                                                               shoulder.                                    and placed on a stretcher. At 7:40 a.m.
                                                                                                                                            the ambulance left with the man for
                                                                                               The man then bent down on his hands
                                                                                                                                            DePaul Hospital, and the lane restric-
                                                                                               and knees and looked like he was
                                                                                                                                            tion was lifted. At 8:27 a.m. King
                                                                                               nauseous. At 7:17 a.m. King notified
                                                                              Megan McEntee

                                                                                                                                            called DePaul Hospital’s emergency
                                                                                               the Bridgeton Police Department of
                                                                                                                                            room and was told that the man had
                                                                                               the apparent sick case and asked for
                                                                                                                                            suffered a stroke or seizure and was in
                                                                                               an officer, as well as an ambulance, to
The Route 40/Route N project constructed a fully functional interchange                        respond. At 7:18 a.m. Motorist Assis-
                                                                                                                                            critical condition.
that eliminates at-grade crossings at Route N to allow greater flow and
safety on Route 40 and Route N. Many of the improvements included                              tance Operator Tim Kluner was also           “Given the location of the man’s body
better access to local roads and business developments. With the inter-                        dispatched to the scene.                     when he collapsed (on the side of his
change opening, the contractor can continue constructing new eastbound                                                                      truck that was furthest from traffic,
and westbound lanes on Route 40 where the signalized intersection was                          Soon after the calls were made, the
located. The entire project will be completed by late spring of 2006.                                                                       blocking the view of other motorists),
                                                                                               man’s condition seemed to get worse.
                                                                                                                                            it is my opinion that help may not have
                                                                                               He rolled over onto his back and was
  for more info                                                                                struggling to remove his jacket. Once
                                                                                                                                            been called in time, if at all, had it not
                                                                                                                                            been for the cameras and Mr. King’s
       Community Relations              Thomas Miller                                          his jacket was off, the man curled up
                                                                                                                                            alertness and quick reaction,” said
       Phone                            314.340.4524                                           into a fetal position. At this time, King
                                                                                               zoomed in with the camera to check the
       1590 Woodlake Drive                                                                     man’s breathing. The victim’s breaths
       Chesterfield, MO 63017                                                                  were shallow and rapid.

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                                                                                               Highway Named for
                                                                                               Albert E. Brumley
                                                                                               by Wendy Brunner-Lewis

     Squeezing the Nickel in
     District 7
     by Kent Boyd

     Every year thousands of individual             maintenance buildings would stockpile
     items go in and out of MoDOT stock-            filters.” They’d stockpile so many that
     rooms. Keeping track of it is a huge           the truck they fit would be sold and
     task for General Services’ staff. And          gone—but the filters remained. “So
     trying to keep costs down is a bigger          we’d have a bunch of filters on hand
     job yet. But General Services Manager          that were obsolete.”
     John Sinclair and the District 7 General
                                                     To solve the problem, General Services
     Services staff are up to the challenge.
                                                     staff is now asking mechanics to only
     “Last year D7 spent $72,840 on heavy            have a few filters on hand. As soon       Jack (third from left), Bob (center) and Al Brumley, Jr. (left, with guitar),
                                                                                               perform with The Lewis Family at a dedication ceremony naming part of
      duty truck tires,” said Sinclair. “Then        as one is used, the stockroom sends       Route E after Albert E Brumley.
      we spent more than $12,000 to get              another. It’s the MoDOT version of
      rid of worn-out tires.” After analyz-         “just-in-time delivery.”                   One hundred years to the day after         attended a dedication ceremony.
      ing these numbers, Sinclair and staff                                                    Albert E. Brumley’s birth, a stretch       In 2004, a constituent asked Rep.
                                             “Making our entire operation more
      thought, why not sell some of the old                                                    of Route E in McDonald County was          Marilyn Ruestman why after 17 years
                                              efficient is a top priority,” said Richard
      tires to retread companies? “If we had                                                   dedicated in the song-writer’s name.       MoDOT had never put the official
                                              Walter, district engineer. “While these
      just sold the worn-out rear tires we had                                                 On Oct. 29, the Brumley family hosted      signs up. Apparently a bill was never
                                              sorts of savings are relatively small,
      last year, we could have made more                                                       a dedication ceremony to celebrate the                            written to name
                                              they do add up. It’s part of our goal to
      than $13,000.”                                                                           highway naming.                                                   the highway after
                                              provide taxpayers great value for every
                                                                                                                                                                 Brumley, so she
     Other opportunities for savings abound. dollar spent.”                                    Brumley is best known for writing
                                                                                                                                                                 introduced the
                                                                                               the gospel songs “I’ll Fly Away” and
     “We started looking at oil and air filters,”                                                                                                                bill, which was
                                                                                               “Turn Your Radio On.” According to
      Sinclair said. “We discovered that                                                                                                                         passed earlier
                                                                                               the family, the Smithsonian Institute
                                                                                                                                                                 this year. She
                                                                                               has recognized Brumley as the most
                                                                                                                                                                 presented the
     Alternate Passing Lanes Installed                                                         prolific songwriter before World War II.
                                                                                                                                                                 family the House
                                                                                               He spent most of his life in McDonald
                                                            The southbound passing                                                                               proclamation
                                                                                               County and died in 1977.
                                                            lanes on Barry County                                                                                during the recent
                                                            Route 37 are striped and           In 1987, this same stretch of highway                             ceremony.
                                                            finished. In last month’s
                                                            issue we reported                  was unofficially named after Brumley.
                                                                                                                                                                 Gospel singers
                                                            that District 7 is using           It’s unofficial because no one knows
                                                            alternate passing lanes
                                                                                                                                                                 The Lewis
                                                                                               who built the homemade sign that read      The old, unofficial
                                                            on the 18-mile stretch                                                        sign.                  Family, who have
                                                            between Monett and                 “You are now entering the Albert E.
                                                                                                                                                                 performed with
                                                            Cassville to improve               Brumley Parkway. Dedicated in 1987.
                                                                                                                                          the Brumleys since the 1950s, put on a
                                                            safety.                            In Honor of the Greatest Composer of
                                                                                                                                          concert after the signs were unveiled,
                                                                                               Gospel Music. Missouri Highway 76 13
                                                                                                                                          with three of Brumley’s sons—Al, Jr.,
                                                                                               Miles.” No one knows who planned or
                                                                                                                                          Bob and Jack—singing with them.

     Life After MoDOT...D7 Retirees’ Corner
12   Ruth Vanskike: Traveling, Farming and Good Health
     by Lita Cambers

     For the first year after Stockton Inter-        then she went to Washington, Oregon      “I get along well with this breed,” Van-    She and her gentleman friend Russell
     mediate Crew Worker Ruth Vanskike’s             and northern California.                  skike said. “They’re gentle, which is      both have grass they wanted baled, so
     2003 retirement, she traveled.                                                            something a woman on her own has to        they bought a big tractor, baler, rake
                                                    “I’m really glad I went to Montana
     “I took my trusty Oldsmobile and went           because a week after I was there, one of consider.”                                  and mower to do it themselves. “We
      to the Black Hills,” she said. “It was         the friends I visited died.”                                                         couldn’t wait for someone to get around
      very different from when I saw them in                                                                                                                  to baling it for us
                                                    After her travels, she ended up having
      1962. Some of the changes didn’t seem                                                                                                                   and then taking half
                                                    open-heart surgery. She had one bypass,
      for the better, but I guess they had to                                                                                                                 or more for their
                                                    a valve replaced and a hole closed
      make the changes to accommodate the                                                                                                                     cut. Now I mow and
                                                    between two chambers. She feels pretty
      many people who travel to see them.”                                                                                                                    rake the grass, and
                                                    good now.
                                                                                                                                                              he bales it.”
     Vanskike traveled from the Black Hills
                                                    Vanskike stays busy with her 25 head
     to central Montana to visit friends, and                                                                                                                She said there is
                                                    of registered Gelbvieh cattle that she’s
                                                                                                                                                             always something
                                                    raising as breeding stock near Stockton.
                                                                                                                                                             to do, and like she
        for more info                                                                                                                                        has heard many
             Community Relations Manager             Kent Boyd                                                                                               a retiree say, she
             Phone                                   417.629.3329                                                                                            doesn’t know how
             E-mail                                                                                                          she had time to hold
             3901 E. 32nd Street                                                               Ruth Vanskike with one of her Gelbvieh cows.                  down a job.
             P.O. Box 1445
             Joplin, MO 64802

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D8 at Work
Intermediate Construction Inspector Howard Henderson, left, and
Construction Inspector Steve Howell (top left photo) consult plans on a
bridge construction project on Greene County Route O east of Willard.
Lebanon Senior Crew Workers Rusty Quick, in loader, and Sam Decker, in
dump truck, (top right photo) are part of a crew working to build shoulders
on the I-44 south outer road east of Lebanon between Route F near Sleeper
and Route 133 at Hazelgreen.

                                                                                                                                                                              Bob Edwards
Signing and Striping Crew Supervisor Jim Mezel paints stripes on Route 60 at
Seymour (bottom right photo). Striping crews painted 10,300 lane miles this
year about the same as in 2004.

New Signs Are Reminder: ‘Move Over or Slow Down’
by Bob Edwards

It’s common sense. It’s the law, too.       n   change lanes, if traffic allows, to     the “Move Over or Slow Down” law
                                                move away from a stopped emer-          is observed, he said, drivers and their
That’s the message behind new “Move
                                                gency vehicle with warning lights       families have a better chance of avoid-
Over or Slow Down” signs placed in 12
                                                flashing.                               ing a crash where a previous incident is
locations in District 8 and many other
                                                                                        still being handled.
places in the state.                        n   reduce speed if changing lanes is
                                                unsafe or impossible.                   Traffic Engineer Joe Rickman said
The signs are meant to remind people
                                                                                        the new signs were put up near where
of a 2002 law that requires drivers on a   “Most people don’t realize it is the law,”
                                                                                        major highways intersect. MoDOT will
multiple-lane, high-speed highway to:       District Engineer Dale Ricks said. The
                                                                                        make and put up more of the signs if
                                            signs should boost awareness.
                                                                                        the Patrol requests them, he said.
D8 ‘Move Over’ Sign Locations              Troop D Highway Patrol Lt. Terry
Eastbound – east of Route 65
Westbound – west of Route 360
                                           Moore said the law aims to protect
                                           workers who must respond to emergen-
                                                                                        Route 13/Humansville Update                                                                         13
                                           cies right next to traffic – law officers,
                                                                                        by Angela Eden
Eastbound – east of Loop 44/Route MM       medical personnel, firefighters and
Westbound – west of Loop 44/Exit 127
                                                                                        Contractor crews are working every         • Asphalt paving for the new southbound
                                           highway crews.
                                                                                        day weather permits, weekends in-           lanes of Route 13.
Route 60/Springfield
Eastbound – east of Route 65               Plans were developed to put up “Move         cluded, to widen Route 13 to four lanes
                                                                                                                                   • Resurfacing the existing Route 13 for
Route 60/Mansfield
                                           Over” signs along interstates. However,      between Humansville and Route UU
                                                                                                                                    the future northbound lanes.
Eastbound – east of Route 5/east           the deaths of two southwest Missouri         south of Collins.
Westbound – west of Route 5/west
                                           troopers working beside the road were                                                   Through November, bridges have been
Route 65/Springfield                                                                    The project in late November stood
                                           among several tragic incidents in recent                                                built over Brush and Panther creeks for
Southbound – south of Evans Road                                                        eight months ahead of schedule, said
                                           months that prompted a decision to in-                                                  the new southbound lanes of Route 13.
Route 65/Branson                                                                        Buffalo Senior Construction Inspector
                                           stall signs at more locations.
Northbound – north of Route 160                                                         Ken Reding.                                Traffic is using the new Route N bridge
Route 13/Springfield                       It is hoped that the signs’ benefits have                                               over Brush Creek west of Route 13 and
Northbound – north of I-44                                                              “We should be done a year from now,”
                                           a far greater reach.                                                                    new sections of Route N on both sides
Route 13/Bolivar                                                                         Reding said, instead of the spring or
                                                                                                                                   of Route 13.
Northbound – north of Route 32             “It’s for the motoring public as well,”       summer of 2007 as first estimated.
Southbound – south of Route 83/Bus. 13
                                            Moore said. If the letter and spirit of                                                Journagan Construction of Springfield
                                                                                        Winter work continues on completing:
                                                                                                                                   is the prime contractor for a low bid of
  for more info                                                                         • Two bridges on Route 13 at Polk Coun-    $21.3 million.
       Community Relations Manager         Bob Edwards                                   ty Route N.
       Phone                               417.895.7713
                                                                                        • A drainage box bridge under Route 13
       E-mail                                                                                    “Talkin’ Transportation”
       3025 E. Kearney
                                                                                         north of Route N.                               Call-In Radio Show
       P.O. Box 868                                                                     • Deck repairs on the existing Panther       KWTO 560 AM, Springfield
       Springfield, MO 65801
                                                                                                                                     10-10:50 a.m. Wednesdays
                                                                                         Creek and Brush Creek bridges on
                                                                                         Route 13.

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                                                                                            Missouri Avenue Ceremony
                                                                                            by Ann Marie Newberry

                                                                                            A ribbon cutting for the Missouri           Coats; Mayor of St. Robert George
                                                                                            Avenue project was held Friday at the       Sanders; Former Mayor of St. Robert
                                                                                            Fort Leonard Wood Visitor’s Center,         George Lauritson; MoDOT Chief En-
              SouthCentral                                                                  located at the North Gate in St. Robert,    gineer Kevin Keith and South Central
                                                                                            Angie Rolufs, director of public works      District Engineer Tom Stehn.
     Employee Appreciation Week                                                             for Fort Leonard Wood, conducted
     by Ann Marie Newberry                                                                  the ceremony.

                                                                                            The event began with the presen-
     District 9 paused to appreciate employees last week.                                   tation of colors, playing of the
                                                                                            National Anthem and invocation.
     The management team served lunch four different                                        Speakers at the ceremony included
     days in the three areas to celebrate.                                                  Brigadier General Stanley H. Lillie;
                                               slide show featuring district employees      District Office Director for Sena-
     During the luncheons, District En-
                                               was shown.                                   tor Christopher “Kit” Bond, Derek
     gineer Tom Stehn spoke regarding
     MoDOT Director Pete Rahn’s com-
                                               “The week was an important opportu-
     mitment to pursuing salary increases
                                                nity to thank members of the MoDOT
     and the possible merger of the MoDOT
                                                Team in District 9 for all they do,” said
     and state employee retirement systems.
                                                Stehn. “The work we do makes a dif-
     Certificates and pins were presented to
                                                ference in the lives of Missourians, and
     those who used no sick leave and those
                                                I’m proud of our commitment to that
     who used less than 10 hours of sick
     leave during 2004. During the meal, a

                                                                                            From left: South Central District Engineer Tom Stehn, MoDOT Chief Engi-
                                                                                            neer Kevin Keith, Mayor of St. Robert George Sanders, Former Mayor of St.
                                                                                            Robert George Lauritson and District Office Director for Senator Christopher
                                                                                            “Kit” Bond, Derek Coats, cut the ribbon to the new Missouri Avenue project.

     District 9 Uses New Method For Flood Control
     by Brandi Tune

     A process designed to prevent erosion     roadway near three box culverts. Over        direct water flow and prevent further       MoDOT Special Maintenance Crew
     recently was used for the first time in   time, two of the three box culverts          shoulder erosion.                           Supervisor Travis Pearson expressed
     District 9, and only the second time      installed in 1961 were filled with sedi-                                                 his thanks to several groups who made
                                                                                            A-Jacks are concrete blocks shaped like
     by MoDOT, on Route AM in Howell           ment blocking what should have been                                                      the work possible. “A special thank you
                                                                                            toy jacks. These concrete units provide
     County.                                   a channel for the water. The sediment                                                    goes to land owner Wayne Cole for al-
14                                             continued to build, and trees began to
                                                                                            a cost-effective solution to erosion con-
                                                                                                                                        lowing our crews to use his property for
     Anyone who has driven along Route                                                      trol. AJ-24 units (24 inch A-Jacks) were
                                               grow up in the creek bed in front of the                                                 access to the creek,” he said. “The proj-
     AM knows stream bank erosion is                                                        used on this project. This size weighs
                                               two culverts. When the creek flooded,                                                    ect went smoothly thanks to Mr. Cole
     an issue. Stream bank erosion often                                                    78 pounds, which is relatively small,
                                               water whirled around the sediment                                                        and the work of the Willow Springs and
     produces steep banks with little or no                                                 making them easy to assemble and
                                               and gradually started washing out the                                                    Summersville maintenance crews and
     vegetation. These unprotected banks                                                    place by hand. The unit is composed of
                                               shoulder, which supported the pave-                                                      the special concrete and landscaping
     are even more vulnerable to erosion                                                    two halves, which fit together to form
                                               ment.                                                                                    crews from Willow Springs.”
     due to over steeping, loss of ground                                                   a single unit. They can be assembled to
     cover, groundwater drainage and ero-      Incarcerated crews cut the trees from        interlock in horizontal or vertical rows.
     sion at the base of the bank.             the creek and the Willow Springs main-
                                               tenance crew removed the sediment and
     Over the years, as runoff from several
                                               rock to prepare the creek bed. After the
     hundred surrounding acres flowed
                                               creek was cleared, in only one day, the
     through Indian Creek, it gradu-
                                               incarcerated crew installed A-Jacks on
     ally washed away the shoulder of the
                                               the north side of the creek bed to help

       for more info
            Community Relations Manager        Ann Marie Newberry
            Phone                              417.469.6203

            910 Old Springfield Road
            P.O. Box 220
            Willow Springs, MO 65793

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Bridges Come Down During School Competition
by Tonya Wells

The Southeast District sponsored its        “It’s a great event and it’s very reward-
second annual bridge competition in          ing to be able to help future engineers
November. The competition is open to         from Southeast Missouri with their
high school juniors and seniors in the       education,” said Transportation Proj-
Southeast District.                          ect Designer Jason Williams. “It is
                                             also a lot of work. Our team, includ-
Twelve schools and 35 students com-
                                             ing Craig Compas, Gretchen Hanks,
peted this year. Students were given
                                             Anita Easton, Kirby Woods, Lisa
balsa wood, glue and string and asked
                                             Kenley and Tonya Wells, along with
to design and build the most efficient
                                             many other volunteers worked very
bridge (the lightest bridge to carry the
                                             hard to make the event a success.”
greatest load).
                                             The winning bridge came from Curt
The project team partnered with the
                                             Gegg at Ste. Genevieve High School.
University of Missouri-Rolla, Univer-
                                             The bridge weighed 30.75 grams and
sity of Missouri-Columbia, Southern
                                             carried a load of 53.7 pounds.
Illinois University, Southeast Missouri
State University and Arkansas State         “The whole bridge competition experi-       Bridge Competition Winner Curt Gegg, Ste. Genevieve High School, and
                                             ence was cool. I’m very glad that          Transportation Project Designer Jason Williams.
University to offer $8,500 in civil engi-
neering scholarships to participants.        MoDOT is creating ways to help out         Students from throughout southeast          Additional winners include Chris Car-
                                             students with awards and scholar-          Missouri attended the event to watch        nell, Sikeston High School, who placed
McDonalds of Portageville, Hayti
                                             ships,” Gegg said.                         their designs in action. A computer         second and Tom Polhamus, Oak Ridge
and Kennett as well as the Missouri
Society of Professional Engineers do-       “The designs were really varied and         bridge modeling contest was also held       High School, who placed third. Most
nated cash prizes to the winners. Cash       very impressive,” said Williams. “The      the day of the competition to give stu-     creative design went to Carnell, while
prizes were awarded for first, second,       students did an excellent job and the      dents a chance to electronically design     most aesthetic design was awarded
and third place as well as the most          results show that. Some of the bridges     and test a bridge.                          to Adam Basler, Ste. Genevieve High
creative design and aesthetic design.        held more than 50 pounds.”                                                             School.

Route 67 West Outer Road Will                                                           I-55 SRI Improvement
Link Three Communities In St.                                                           Making Great Progress
Francois County
                                                                                        The Smooth Roads Initiative continues
                                                                                        to provide great improvements along
                                                                                        Interstate 55 in the northern part of the
                                                                                        Southeast District.

                                                                                        “The weather has been super, enabling
                                                                                        the contractor to make great progress
                                                                                        with the diamond grinding, joint seal-
                                                                                        ing and new asphalt shoulders in Ste.                                                15
                                                                                        Genevieve, Perry and northern Cape
                                                                                        Girardeau counties,” Senior Construc-
                                                                                        tion Inspector Rick Lamb said.

Southeast District representatives, legislative and local officials                     The $9 million project has been ongo-
along with members of the public recently celebrated the opening                        ing day and night along 60 miles of I-55
of the Route 67 West Outer Road (Woodlawn Drive) in St. Francois                        since June and is anticipated to wrap up
County. A ribbon cutting was held on Nov. 7 in Farmington. The
project is the first phase of the fairgrounds interchange and                           next summer.                                The shoulders of I-55 get prepped
included building a three-mile outer road linking Route 32 in                                                                       for new asphalt and striping in
Leadington to Maple Street in Farmington. The $4.3 million                                                                          Ste. Genevieve County.
contract was awarded to H.R. Quadri Construction, Inc., Van
Buren in Nov. 2004.

  for more info
       Community Relations Manager Angie Wilson
       Phone                       573.472.6632
       2675 N. Main Street
       P.O. Box 160
                                                                                        Diamond grinding on I-55 in Ste. Genevieve County.
       Sikeston, MO 63801

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Coalition Launches Safety Campaign
 by Melissa Black and Sandy Hentges


 That’s the goal of stepped-up safety
 efforts on Missouri roadways. The
 Blueprint for Safer Roadways has been
 the driving force behind more visible
 striping, signing and guardrails, ad-
 ditional median guard cable, smoother
 pavement and more law enforcement                          Stopping

As part of the action, the Blueprint’s
public information committee has

                                                                                                                   Buckle Up!
developed a statewide education
campaign that focuses on safety belts,
driver inattention, impaired driving
and speeding.

“We’ve had the help of so many federal,
 state, regional and local safety experts     
 formulating plans and building part-

                                                                                           Just Drive.
 nerships,” said Leanna Depue, Mo-
 DOT’s new director of Highway Safety

“Seventy percent of drivers
 and 67 percent of passengers
 killed last year in traffic
 crashes were not wearing
 their safety belts.”
                 Leanna Depue, Director of
                          Highway Safety

 and chair of the Blueprint’s executive
 committee. “Now it’s very exciting to
 see strategies and actions that can help
 save lives being put into place.

“We feel safety belt use is an area
 where we can make a lot of difference,”
 Depue said. Seventy percent of drivers
                                                  These are two of the billboard advertisements that are part of the Blueprint for Safer
 and sixty-sev en percent of passengers
                                                  Roadway’s new safety campaign.
 killed last year in traffic crashes were
 not wearing their safety belts.”
                                                  Employee Safety Belt Use On the Rise
 The campaign includes statewide                  by Wendy Brunner-Lewis
 billboard and radio advertisements and
                                                  Statewide, MoDOT safety belt use         Safety Belt Use by District
 some regional theater advertising. The
 primary target audiences are pickup              increased from 65 percent in 2004 to     120
 truck drivers and young males ages               88 percent this year according to the    100
 16-34.                                           Missouri Safety Center, which helped     80
                                                  MoDOT conduct an agency-wide safety      60
“These communication pieces are just a
                                                  belt use survey from July 5 through      40
 glimpse of what people will be seeing
                                                  Aug. 17. Thirty-four locations,           20
 and hearing in the next several years
                                                  including work zones and district of-     0
 regarding highway safety,” Depue said.
                                                  fices, were surveyed across the state.         D1	   D2	   D3	   D4	   D5	   D6	   D7	   D8	   D9	   D10

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