Contractor Selected to Complete Safe _ Sound Bridge Program by wuxiangyu


									       A Publication for Employees of the Missouri Department of Transportation

     Connections                                                                                                                                    July 2009

Contractor Selected to Complete
Safe & Sound Bridge Program
by Bob Brendel

All the pieces are now in place to complete the Safe &
                                                                                                                                                                       S A F E &
Sound program – the largest bridge improvement program                                                                                                                 S O U N D
in Missouri history.
In a special late-May meeting, the Mis-
souri Highways and Transportation Com-
mission selected KTU Constructors to re-
place 554 bridges across the state through
a design-build contract. Combined with
another 248 bridge projects that MoDOT
is completing through innovative contract-
ing methods, Missourians will be driving
across 802 new bridges by Oct. 31, 2014.

KTU’s proposal, to build all 554 new
bridges at a cost of $487 million, was
deemed by the commission to be the
best-value. The full 802-bridge program
is expected to cost $700 million. MoDOT
will sell bonds to finance the program, re-

                                                                                                                                                                                        Shaun Schmitz
paying them with annual payments of $50
million coming from the federal bridge
funds it receives each year. Over the life
of the project that will represent a savings   The Safe & Sound and KTU Constructors teams include, from left to right: Theresa Berendzen, MoDOT; Dave Koenig,
of $500 million over the privately financed     MoDOT; James Peterson, HNTB; Jim Triplett, United Contractors; Chris Loeffler, Kiewit Western Co.; Debbie Lehmann,
design-build-finance-maintain program           FHWA: Jerry Mugg, HNTB; Brian Carlson, HNTB; Randy Sanman, Kiewit Western Co.; Jerica Holtsclaw, MoDOT; Don Hillis;
                                               MoDOT; Ken Warbritton, MoDOT; Troy Heckmaster, Kiewit Western Co.; Wayne Ellenberger, The LPA Group; Stacy McMillan,
that was determined by the commission          MoDOT; Scott Cassels, Kiewit Western Co.; Bob Brendel, MoDOT; Mark Croarkin, MoDOT; Gregg Teets, Kiewit Western Co.
last September to be unaffordable. It
would have required payments in the $65-
74 million range over 25-30 years.
                                               It’s All About You!
“The commission made the right deci-
 sion last fall, when the nation’s financial
                                               WorkLife Centers Help Employees Balance Life, Work
                                                by Sally Oxenhandler
 market meltdown made it impossible to
 proceed, and they made the right decision     “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
 today,” MoDOT Director Pete Rahn said
                                               You’ve probably seen this infamous saying
 following the selection meeting. “Mis-
                                               on refrigerator magnets, throw pillows
 sourians simply deserve better bridges and
                                               and plaques adorning kitchen walls. The
 they will receive them through the Safe &
                                               saying suggests you need to keep “mama”
 Sound program, and at the lowest cost.”
                                               happy or everyone suffers, including
Kiewit Western Company, Traylor Bros.,         mama, and that’s not good.
Inc., United Contractors, Inc., HNTB
                                               In some ways, the same can be said for us
Corporation and The LPA Group, Inc. are
                                               MoDOT employees. If things are stressful      organizations and now MoDOT. WorkLife      parents to yoga (that was as close as I could
the major players on the KTU Construc-
                                               at home, it’s often hard not to bring that    Centers are designed to help employees     come to a topic starting with z).
tors team. They will be responsible for
                                               tension to work. If things are hectic and     balance their work and home lives and
design, construction, project management                                                                                                “WorkLife Centers offer employees a one-
                                               difficult on the job, the pressure might       grow both professionally and personally.
and public outreach for all 554 bridge                                                                                                   stop shop for a variety of services, whether
                                               affect your personal life.                    Specifically, MoDOT’s WorkLife Centers
                                                                                                                                         it’s accessing forms, signing up for classes
                       continued on page 2                                                   provide employees with a single point
                                               Enter the concept of WorkLife Centers, a                                                  or taking advantage of self-assessment ma-
                                                                                             of access to hundreds of resources and
                                               best practice adopted by top private sector
                                                                                             information on topics ranging from aging                           continued on page 3


    6                                                                      11                                                                            15
            Student wins new
            car in safe driving
            campaign in D1
                                               9    kcICON Award
                                                                                      In Case of
                                                                                      D6 teamwork keeps
                                                                                                                  12         Taking Shape
                                                                                                                                                           Making a
                                                                                                                                                           Sidewalk improvements
                                                                                                                                                           make life easier in D10
                                                                                      traffic smooth                           New I-44 / Route 39
                                                    community relations                                                       Interchange at Mt.
                                                    work in D4                                                                Vernon in D7
    Ride for Remembrance                                                                    SharePoint Offers Employees
    Fundraising Continues for the                                                           New Level of Collaboration
                                                                                            by Matt Hiebert
    Fallen Workers’ Memorial
     photos by Shaun Schmitz
                                                                                            An important component of the Next          SharePoint looks like an intranet site,
                                                                                            Generation Desktop program that will        but it’s not. Although you view and
                                                                                            be new to all our employees is Share-       navigate the platform in a browser,
                                                                                            Point. This powerful tool is a document     SharePoint is “task-oriented.” This
                                                                                            and records management system that          means you don’t just get information
                                                                                            allows employees to collaborate and         from the pages; you can do your work
                                                                                            manage information at a level never         through them. It is so powerful it may
                                                                                            before possible.                            one day replace our J and P drives!

                                                                                            Have you ever been working on a team        Information Systems will be the first
                                                                                            and had to get input on a document          division to use this tool beginning this
                                                                                            from a variety of people? Since they        month. From there, IS will bring in
                                                                                            couldn’t get to your J-drive, you prob-     other district and division offices until
                                                                                            ably had to e-mail it to all of them, get   all MoDOT is working together on
                                                                                            their changes and then manually enter       SharePoint.
                                                                                            them in the master document.
                                                                                                                                        Get started with your SharePoint train-
                                                                                            SharePoint will make it possible for        ing by visiting the intranet site at http://
                                                                                            all team members to access the live         spwiki/index.php/Main_Page.
                                                                                            document, make changes, discuss edits
                                                                                            and share ideas without playing e-mail
    On June 13, motorcycle riders raised money for the Fallen Workers’                      ping-pong.
    Memorial. The ride ended in Jefferson City at a rally and barbecue.

                                                                                            MoDOT Emergency
                                                                                            Communications System Receives
                                                                                            International Award
                                                                                            by Patty Bloom

                                                                                            In a field where Pulitzer and Nobel          work’s developers. “It gives agencies
                                                                                            prizes don’t exist, the MoDOT emer-         access to the resources they need to
                                                                                            gency communications network is             rebuild after emergencies.”
                                                                                            receiving international recognition.
                                                                                                                                        The new system uses satellites and ra-
                                                                                            The system, which recently won the
                                                                                                                                        dio towers throughout the state to send
                                                                                            International Satellite Communica-
                                                                                                                                        radio transmissions, data communica-
                                                                                            tions exchange (ISCe) Innovation and
                                                                                                                                        tions, and interoperability communica-
                                                                                            Technology Award, is changing the
                                                                                            way communities will recover from
                                                                                            unforeseen events.                          Another component to the program’s
                                                                                                                                        success is the Mobile Emergency
                                                                                            Severe weather often leaves com-
    The Ride for Remembrance was sponsored by the Transportation                                                                        Response Operations Center (MEROC)
                                                                                            munities with the chaotic process of
    Employee Association of Missouri.                                                                                                   trailer. The three MEROC trailers sup-
                                                                                            rebuilding and recovering. If flooding,
                                                                                                                                        port local government communications
                                                                                            severe storms, or earthquakes should
                                                                                                                                        and help coordinate disaster relief.
                                                                     $100,000               disrupt terrestrial communication,
                                                                                            Traffic Communication Coordinator            The MEROC trailer has been used four
                                                                                            John Diggs and Senior Traffic Techni-        times in its history: during ice storms
                                                                                            cian Cris Kallenbach are dispatched to      in Springfield and Dallas County and
                                                                                            re-establish communications, allowing       flash floods in Clarksville and Green-
2                                                                                           the community to get back on its feet as    ville.
                                                                            50%             quickly as possible.                        The ISCe award originated in 2002 to
                                                                                            “This system is changing the way            recognize innovation and advancement
                                                                            25%                                                         in the satellite and communications
                                                                                             communities recover from unforeseen
                                                                                             events,” said Diggs, one of the net-       industry.

    Safe & Sound Contractor
    continued from page 1

    replacement projects, and will be joined    KTU’s bid was more than $31 million          cal issues were also critical components   KTU has indicated that a few bridges
    by many Missouri-based subcontractors       lower than the other proposer, Missouri      of MoDOT’s program requirements.           will be built yet this year, but that they
    and materials suppliers.                    Bridge Builders. Bridges Across Mis-         For 493 bridges on low-volume routes,      will spend most of the rest of 2009
                                                souri, another team that had been under      the contract requires that the average     gearing up to launch construction in
     KTU spokesman Kent Grisham said,
                                                consideration, did not submit a final         closure be 45 days. The remaining 61       a big way in early 2010. They will set
    “This is an exciting project and we are
                                                proposal.                                    bridges will either be closed, built in    up a main office in Kansas City to
     proud to have been entrusted with it.
                                                                                             stages, or utilize bypasses to minimize    administer the program, with up to four
     We have already begun the process of       “Ultimately we had two quality teams
                                                                                             impacts to motorists. MoDOT also has       regional offices to manage work in the
     identifying Missouri subcontractors and who could deliver this project. KTU
                                                                                             the ability to move 120 bridges within     field.
     suppliers because buying and hiring         Constructors, though, will deliver it
                                                                                             KTU’s schedule, with certain condi-
     locally is going to be a high priority for  most economically,” Rahn said.                                                         For more Safe & Sound information,
                                                                                             tions. KTU also committed to complet-
     us; along with our absolute commitment                                                                                             and to follow the progress of individual
                                                 Speed of construction and flexibility in     ing all 554 bridges by the end of 2013
     to building these bridges safely, on time                                                                                          projects on an interactive map, visit the
                                                 construction schedules to respond to lo-   – 10 months early.
     and on budget.”                                                                                                                    Web site at

    July 2009                                                                                                                                                     Connections
               L eg i slat ive Up d at e
2009 Legislative Session Wrap Up
The good, the bad and the ugly. Al-         older from wearing protective headgear     The Missouri Highways and Transpor-        souri created a new law called “David’s
though not exactly in that order, those     except when operating or riding motor-     tation Commission was also granted         Law.” Under this act, MoDOT shall
words pretty much sum up the 2009           cycles or motortricycles on interstates.   the right to enter into more than three    establish and administer a drunk driv-
legislative session.                        Governor Jay Nixon has until July 15 to    design-build highway project contracts.    ing risk reduction awareness program
                                            either sign or veto the act.               However, the total number of contracts     and signs, yet to be developed, shall
While the passage of a primary
                                                                                       cannot exceed two percent of the total     be placed at or near the scene of the
safety belt law was the commission and      There were some positive outcomes.
                                                                                       number of all state highway system         accident.
MoDOT’s number one legislative prior-       Legislation was passed to help MoDOT
                                                                                       projects listed in the commission’s ap-
ity, the measure failed to gain enough      provide better incident management by                                                 Several highway and bridge designa-
                                                                                       proved STIP for that fiscal year.
support to advance for passage into law.    authorizing faster removal of aban-                                                   tions were also made, including a new
However, the failure to pass a primary      doned property on the right of way on      Additionally, a piece of property          interstate interchange designation pro-
safety belt law wasn’t from a lack of       any highway outside of an urban area.      located in St. Louis City, which is cur-   gram, to be known as Heroes Way. This
trying on the part of MoDOT and about       Now the abandoned property can be          rently being used by the Department of     program will honor fallen Missouri
3,000 Missouri grassroots supporters of     removed if left unattended for 24 hours,   Corrections as a minimum security cor-     heroes who have been killed in action
the initiative.                             rather than 48 hours.                      rectional facility, was conveyed to the    while performing active military duty
                                                                                       Missouri Highways and Transportation       with the armed forces in Afghanistan or
Another massive disappointment was          Senate Concurrent Resolution 5 was
                                                                                       Commission for the new Mississippi         Iraq on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
the General Assembly’s repeal of Mis-       passed, indicating the state’s support
                                                                                       River Bridge project.
souri’s motorcycle helmet law. Among        toward maintaining a navigable depth
other things this act may, if signed into   on the Missouri River so it can become     Among various other changes to exist-
law, exempt persons 21 years of age or      a more reliable alternative for moving     ing law relating to transportation, Mis-

                                                                                                                                  ing employees to find time to use the
It’s All About You!                         said Human Resources Director Micki “We wanted to offer an inviting, yet
continued from page 1                       Knudsen. “Offering them the support       efficient, setting to help our employees
                                            they need to juggle work and life is a    address work and life issues,” said         “We want employees to feel like they
terials,” said Ashley Halford, a senior     wise investment. It makes employees       Paula Gough, district engineer for           can take the time to use the WorkLife
human resources specialist who coordi-      happier and more productive and shows the Northeast District. “The success             Center resources,” Halford said. “It’s
nates Central Office’s WorkLife Center.      we care about them as people.”            we have seen thus far has been the           a lot like performing preventative
The Central Office center is cleverly                                                  teamwork involved in planning for the
                                            The St. Louis Area District was the first                                               maintenance on your car. The invest-
dubbed the MEE Zone for MoDOT                                                         WorkLife Center, the subsequent team-
                                            district to implement the WorkLife con-                                                ment you make will save you time and
Employee Enrichment Zone.                                                             work for relocation and renovation, and
                                            cept, with the rest of the districts soon                                              money in the long run and help you be
The WorkLife concept is not new. In                                                   the growing One Team approach to of-         the best employee you can be.”
                                            following. Each district has implement-
fact, there is significant research that                                               fering these services. We are also very
                                            ed the program in the way that best                                                   Employees can expect WorkLife
shows organizations with WorkLife                                                     excited about the opportunity to offer
                                            meets their employees’ needs given                                                    services to continue to expand. Halford,
programs experience increases in                                                      additional services as we become more
                                            available resources. The Northeast Dis-                                               for example, would eventually like to
productivity, employee satisfaction and                                               efficient through sharing work tasks
                                            trict, for example, decided to physically                                             provide a blog on the MEE Zone site
recruitment and retention, while enjoy-                                               among the WorkLife Center staff.”
                                            relocate staff from Human Resources,                                                  so employees can network on topics of
ing lower absenteeism.                      Business and Benefits, Safety and Risk Halford has been promoting WorkLife             shared interest, such as taking a profes-
                                            Management and the Credit Union into services at divisional staff meetings            sional exam.
“Our employees dedicate a significant
                                            one central area.                         and orientation for new employees. She
 amount of their time to MoDOT, some-                                                                                             For more information on MoDOT’s
 times at the expense of their families,”                                             says her main challenge is convinc-
                                                                                                                                  WorkLife Centers, contact your Human
                                                                                                                                  Resources representative.

Seventy Days of HEAT                                                                                                                                                                           3

The HEAT is on this summer and it        slow speeders, remove impaired drivers                    Coordinated efforts among      In order for Missouri to reach the
won’t just be 90-degree August days.     and ticket unbuckled drivers.                              law enforcement agencies      statewide goal of 850 or fewer fatalities
For the past four years, Missouri has                                                                 lead to fewer gaps in       by 2012, the spike in fatalities between
                                        “Law enforcement makes a difference
recorded the highest number of fatal                                                                   traffic safety enforce-     July and September must be prevented.
                                         in changing driving behavior,” said
and serious injury crashes between July                                                                ment throughout the
                                         Leanna Depue, director of Highway                                                        Enforcement will be coupled with paid
and September.                                                                                        summer. Law enforce-
                                         Safety. “Their presence will remind                                                      media in July and August. Find out
This summer law enforcement is           drivers to slow down, buckle up and                          ment will be putting
                                                                                                                                  more about the HEAT campaign at
partnering with MoDOT Highway            never drink and drive.”                                      the HEAT on reckless
Safety to take precautions to reverse                                                                        driving behavior.
this trend. Law enforcement agencies
across Missouri will be using High
Enforcement Action Teams to
                                                                                                                                                                              Cathy Morrison

July 2009                                                                                                                                                 Connections
    Touring MoDOT:
    A Great Learning Experience
    by Pete Rahn

    In the past few months, I’ve been mak-        (picture me shaking my head here).         Regardless, we intend to keep our staff-     the right things. We continue to bring
    ing the rounds visiting our districts.            The public thinks the economic         ing levels as they are to ensure we can      projects in on time and under budget,
    The stops have given me a chance to           stimulus bill will solve all our trans-    respond to emergencies and deliver our       provide a dollar of value for every dol-
    hear what’s on your minds and meet            portation needs. In fact, while welcome,   STIP and economic stimulus projects.         lar we spend and be open and transpar-
    with members of the community and             it’s only about a third of our annual         Innovation is the key to success. In-     ent in the process.
    media to discuss transportation issues.       construction budget.                       novative ideas continue to spring forth          Missouri is setting the pace when it
    While it’s been great getting around              Like me, you are concerned with        from all areas of the department. They       comes to transportation. Other states
    to the districts, I still wish I had more     how we’re going to continue to main-       make our jobs safer and more efficient        are copying such successful efforts
    time to meet with all of you. Because         tain our 33,685-mile highway system        and allow us to better serve Missouri-       as our Planning Framework, Practical
    I can’t do that, I wanted to share with       given decreasing funding. It’s a valid     ans. Keep them coming!                       Design, Tracker and Operation Orange,
    you some of the things I learned talking      concern and the reason our primary            Peter Drucker, the well-known man-        to name just a few.
    with you and touring the state. These         challenge is finding an additional rev-     agement consultant, said, “Efficiency is
                                                                                                                                          Thank you for your dedication to pro-
    are in no particular order - just my          enue source for transportation that the    doing things right; effectiveness is do-
                                                                                                                                          viding outstanding service to Missouri-
    observations:                                 public will support.                       ing the right things.” My tours showed
                                                                                                                                          ans. I always think you can’t do
                                                      The poor economy is taking its         me that we not only work hard to do
       Some people think they’re invin-                                                                                                   more . . . and you do. I’m privileged
                                                  toll on communities and their citizens.    things right, but we always strive to do
    cible and are never going to buckle up                                                                                                to be part of such a great organization!

    MOre Fun than Ever at the State Fair
     The Missouri State Fair is promising         their own seatbelt dance video and         Other fair highlights include a wide
    “MOre Fun Than Ever” during its 11-           enter to win a Flip Mino Camera, 8GB       array of food that can only be found at
     day run, Aug. 13-23. MoDOT is gearing        iPod Nano and gas cards.                   the fair, a free circus, a farmers market,
     up for this year’s fair with all the usual                                              a rodeo, rides on the midway, concerts
                                                  The annual No MOre Trash! Day will
     attractions in our ever popular, lush and                                               by entertainers like Heart, Cross
                                                  be held on Friday, Aug. 14, with special
     shady Highway Gardens and exhibit                                                       Canadian Ragweed, Brooks & Dunn
                                                  activities including appearances by
     hall, as well as some new attractions.                                                  and Shine Down, a show by the
                                                  Buttons the Clown, trash can painting,
                                                                                             group Vocal Trash and the Mis-
    The Transportation Exposition Center          games, cookies and more. MoDOT
                                                                                             souri State Fair Idol. Admis-
    will be fully loaded with interactive         will stress the importance of litter
                                                                                             sion to the State Fair varies
    displays on department programs and           prevention and keeping Missouri’s
                                                                                             by day and time. Normal
    activities featuring games, contests and      roadways clean of trash and debris.
                                                                                             daily admission is $8. Visit
    giveaways. Kids can participate in a          Adopt-A-Highway and Sponsor-A-
    transportation scavenger hunt and have        Highway tables will be available for
                                                                                             find out more.
    a chance to win a brand new bike and          those interested in helping preserve
    helmet. New this year is a backstage          the tranquility of nature along local
    recording studio where teens can film          highways.

    July Service Anniversaries
                                                  15 Years                                   Danny R. Marsh               CO
    35 Years                                                                                                                              May Retirements
    John B. Christy              D2               Debra A. Malone            D3              Travis A. Tomson             CO
    Kurt A. Spindler             D3               Sherri L. McGregor         D3                                                           Name                  Location     Years of
                                                                                             5 Years
    Carolyn M. Brockes           CO               Mike L. Sanders            D4                                                                                              Service
                                                                                             Rodney W. Messner            D1
                                                  Rocky D. Majors            D4                                                           Noble Nelson          D10          23
    30 Years                                                                                 Allen Cockriel               D1
                                                  Kenny J. Krieg             D5                                                           Donald Hanson         D1           7
    Darrell W. Britt             D3                                                          Darrin G. Garrett            D1
                                                  Bruce D. Volkart           D5                                                           Dickie Parshall       D1           2
    Mark E. Sprock               D3                                                          Kerry A. Harvey              D2
                                                  Charles W. Brandes         D5                                                           Donnie Kinsler        D3           35
    Andy O. Core                 D8                                                          Richard L. Detienne          D3
                                                  Eve E. Black               D6                                                           William Mingee        D4           31
    Teddy E. Dement              D9                                                          Dennis H. Kopp               D3
                                                  Ronald L. Kuhn             D7                                                           Robert Pruitt         D4           11
4   Sue W. Cox                   CO
                                                  Travis N. Jones            D7
                                                                                             Robert L. Adkisson           D3
                                                                                                                                          Robert Johnson        D5           27
                                                                                             Connie J. Krigbaum           D3
    25 Years                                      Monty B. Hawks             D7                                                           Rose Larocco          D6           16
                                                                                             Lindsay B. Vogt              D4
    Milton N. Wright             D2               Richard K. Heckendorn      D8                                                           William Revelle       D6           37
                                                                                             Varnice Allen                D4
    Kenny Glover                 D3               Mary J. Bruning            D9                                                           Jerry McFarland       D7           29
                                                                                             Scott M. Thurston            D4
    Ervin H. Fackler             D3               Matthew J. Davis           CO                                                           Richard Helvey        D9           22
                                                                                             Anthony W. Delce             D4
    James L. Lennox              D3               Melinda K. Grace-Beasley   CO                                                           Robby Rakestraw       D9           24
                                                                                             Matthew L. Sperry            D4
    Dale W. Morrow               D3               James P. Harcourt          CO                                                           Carroll Duncan        CO           22
                                                                                             Jesse A. Dunkle              D4
    Becky L. Wheatley            D4               Donald R. Hilt             CO                                                           Alma Baldwin          CO           8
                                                                                             Travis J. Teter              D5
    Wendy L. Brooks              D6               Kevin W. Wegener           CO
                                                                                             James W. Feeney              D6
    Lester R. Shears             D6
                                                  10 Years                                   Christine E. Scholz          D6
    David R. Shoemake            D6
    Mackie L. Gaddis             D8
                                                  Marion L. Pryor            D1              Michael A. Alexander         D6              In Memoriam
                                                  Brian M. Rosenthal         D1              Charles L. Hawkins           D6
    John O. Hayes                D9                                                                                                       Active
                                                  Gary D. Hart               D1              Lawrence L. Layton           D6
    Paul D. Suver                D10                                                                                                      Robert “Glen” G. Jordan      D10    May 5
                                                  David L. Doss              D1              Bobby S. Blandford           D6
    Lisa M. Elliott              CO
                                                  Larry W. Moore             D2              Kevin R. Wildhaber           D6              Retirees
    Sherry K. Grannemann         CO
                                                  Daniel L. Koch             D2              Dennis G. Heidlage           D7              Marvin D. Scott              D7     April 25
    20 Years                                      Ervin J. Sims              D4              David R. Leonard             D7              Linel F. Rowland             D4     April 27
    Leo J. Healy                 D2               Dennis R. Mathews          D5              Jack S. Pate                 D7              Arthur L. Dunston            D3     April 29
    Toni F. Terry                D4               Daniel D. Weaver           D5              Kenneth H. Stewart           D7              James W. VanHooser           D3     April 30
    Vicki L. Hass                D4               Robert J. Hawkins          D6              Mark A. Stiles               D8              Estel W. Abernathy           D10    May 6
    Ronald E. Cordes             D4               Dale S. Crane              D6              Travis D. Tucker             D8              Dennis C. McGuire            D6     May 7
    Brenda M. Dudenhoeffer       D5               Robert P. Ray              D6              Samuel T. Peifer             D9              Sanford E. Carter            D9     May 11
    Phillip A. Wilson            D6               Jermyn Johnson             D6              Weston M. Carter             D9              Robert E. Cameron            D4     May 13
    W. L. Strickland             D8               Richard E. Danner          D7              Anthony C. Marzuco           D9              Poley R. Howard              D4     May 16
    Randy L. Garrison            D8               Gale L. Garner             D8              Wayne B. Debrock             D10             August “Foster” F. Welty     D1     May 17
    Douglas E. Foley             D8               Robin K. Jackson           D8              Brian L. Mason               D10             Leonard W. Peters            D6     May 30
    Victoria L. Woods            D9               Donnie A. Crisp            D9              Derrick J. Norris            CO
    Wilma J. Degraffenreid       CO               Larry J. Davis             D10             Richard P. Rahe              CO
    Linda K. Henderson           CO               Gilbert W. Scherer         D10             Brison J. Wallace            CO
    Karmen S. Stockman           CO               Lucille F. Goff            CO
    Regina R. Wilson             CO

    July 2009                                                                                                                                                        Connections
Ac r o s s t h e St a t e

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                                                                                                   New MoDOT Blog
                                                                                                   Engages Customers
                                                                                                   MoDOT has changed the look
                                                                                                   and format of the Post a Com-
                                                                                                   ment blog to offer a personal
                                                                                                   touch. A panel of authors con-

Communication Awards                                                                               tributes regularly to inform cus-
                                                                                                   tomers about current activities in
                                                                                                   a conversational style and begin
    Members of the Multimedia Services
                                                                                                   a dialogue with the public.
    and Community Relations staff were
    honored with awards from the Inter-                                                            A blog is an online journal where
    national Academy of Visual Arts. The                                                           readers can comment and begin
    Communicator Awards is the leading                                                             conversations with other readers.
    international awards program honoring                                                          Blog use and topics are as varied
    creative excellence for communications                                                         as the people who contribute.               within the department, such as using a
    professionals. Winners were chosen                                                             MoDOT’s Post a Comment blog is a            litter-picker in District 6 or a personal
    from more than 9,000 entries from                                                              fantastic opportunity to engage the         perspective on safe driving habits.
    companies and agencies of all sizes.                                                           public and include pictures, maps, short    Check out the new format at www.
    Senior Graphic Designer Dennis Forbis Several employees were also honored                      videos and relevant Web links. Each for everything
    received the Award of Excellence, the                                                          entry opens up the opportunity for          from a short video of a school presenta-
                                             with the Award of Excellence for the
    academy’s highest honor, for the “Don’t “Meet MoDOT” brochure. The brochure                    feedback that can shape future pro-         tion to the most recent funding issue
    Barrel Through Work Zones” billboard, won in three categories: Overall Design,                 grams at MoDOT.                             analysis. Then be sure to pass it along
    in the Billboard category. He also re-   Company Overview and Photography.                     While statewide initiatives are often       to your friends and family!
    ceived the Award of Distinction for the  Graphic Designer Allison Campbell de-                 included, it is also a venue to fea-
    Going Green brochure in the Green/       signed the piece, with content provided               ture more unique stories and events
    Eco-Friendly Campaign category.                   by Community Relations Co-
                                                      ordinator Kristi Jamison and
                                                      photos provided by MoDOT
                                                      Photographers Catherine Mor-
                                                      rison and Shaun Schmitz.

    Senior Electrician Dennis
    Hixson is featured in one of
    Cathy Morrison’s winning
    shots for the AASHTO Faces
    of Transportation photo
    contest. The photo above
    features MoDOT’s shingle
    recycling efforts.                                                                             More than 70 children of Central Office employees participated with their
                                                                                                   parents in Take Our Child to Work Day June 10. Activities included a pre-
                                                          Morrison also won two categories in
                                                                                                   sentation on historic preservation, as well as lab tours and an equipment
                                                          the 2009 AASHTO Faces of Transpor-       demonstration.

                                       aces ne
                                               w          tation Photo and Video Contest: On the
                               T embr
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                                          ore cost
                                                          Job and Green Solutions.
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                                                                                                   MoDOT’s Chief Financial Officer
                          more en
                                     one, to
                                          tor Pete
                                                                                                   Receives CPA Award
                                                                                                   The Missouri Society of CPAs has                                     is able to

                                                                                                   named Roberta Broeker, chief financial                                deliver qual-

                                                                                                   officer, the 2009 Outstanding Certified                                ity road and

                                                                                                   Public Accountant in Government.                                      bridge projects
                                                                                                                                                                        on time and

                                                                                                   The award honors a certified public
                                                                                                                                                                        within budget.
                                                                                                   accountant who has demonstrated a
                                                                                                                                                                        They are
                                at M

                                                                                                   strong commitment to the public inter-
                                                                                                                                                                         the control-
                                                                                                   est through distinguished achievements
                                                                                                                                                                        ler’s division,
                                                                                                   in government. Nominees are evaluated
                                                                                                   on their visionary leadership, account-
                                                                  Meet MoD                                                                     management, human resources, infor-
                                                                          OT                       ability, integrity, analytical skills and

                                                                                                                                               mation systems, equal opportunity and

                                                                                                   dedication to making a difference for
                                                                                                                                               diversity, general services, and risk and
                                                                                                                                               benefits management.
                                                                                                   Broeker joined MoDOT in 1998 as an
      for more info                                                                                internal audit manager. When she was
                                                                                                                                               A native of Washington, Mo., Broeker
                                                                                                                                               graduated magna cum laude from
           Connections Editor                             Laura Holloway                           named chief financial officer in 2005,
                                                                                                                                               Southeast Missouri State University
           Phone                                          573.751.5985                             she became the highest-ranking female
                                                                                                                                               with a bachelor’s degree in business
                                                                                                   in the department’s history.
                                                                                                                                               administration. She is a certified public
           105 W. Capitol Avenue                                                                   In addition to overseeing MoDOT’s           accountant, a certified internal auditor
           P.O. Box 270
                                                                                                   $2.7 billion budget, Broeker directs the    and a certified government financial
           Jefferson City, MO 65102
                                                                                                   support divisions that ensure MoDOT         manager.

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    Last Month in the Northwest District
    story and photos by M. Elaine Justus

    The biggest story of last month was the   the prizes listed above. There were         Another big event that was announced     bridge, it will be very striking. Funding
    “I’m a Safe Driver” car giveaway that     nine students disqualified as a result of    this last month is the date for the      has even been secured by the Kansas
    took place Saturday, May 16, 2009. The    traffic citations. Each of the 80 winners                                                       DOT to provide decorative
    Northwest Region’s Blueprint for Safety   was eligible to participate in the grand                                                       lighting, making the struc-
    group and the Missouri Coalition for      prize drawing.                                                                                 ture even more dramatically
    Roadway Safety were primary support-                                                                                                     beautiful.
                                              The local Cecil Myers Mitsubishi car
    ers of the program along with the St.
                                              dealership donated a silver 1998 Mit-                                                         The Safe & Sound program is
    Joseph Police Department.
                                              subishi Eclipse GS, but the winner had                                                        proceeding well in the North-
                                              to be present to accept their prize, and
                                              their driving record must still be clean.   groundbreaking of the new Amelia
                                              Caitlyn Morgan Strong, a 15-year-old        Earhart Memorial Bridge across the
                                              student at Benton High School, was          Missouri River at Atchison, Kansas.
                                              very excited to claim her prize.            The bridge is the primary responsi-
                                                                                          blity of the Kansas Department of
                                              Another Blueprint event in May was
                                                                                          Transportation, but MoDOT, who is
                                              the Annual N.W. Missouri Substance
                                                                                          sharing half the cost of the struc-      west District. As of this publication
                                              Abuse Prevention Conference spon-
                                                                                          ture, would never miss a party! Rumor    deadline, six bridges have already been
                                              sored by the St. Joseph Youth Alliance.
                                                                                          had it that Transportation Director Pete completed with six more currently un-
                                              It was held on the campus of Missouri
                                                                                          Rahn had been in close communication der construction. We are making a good
                                              Western State University again this
                                                                                          with Kansas’ Transportation Secretary    dent in our published goal of complet-
                                              year. The Blueprint Coalition, through
                                                                                          Deb Miller to find a date that was mutu- ing 155 bridges in the next five years.
                                              funding and participation, helped make
                                                                                          ally agreeable. The final decision: July
                                              it possible. The conference draws coun-
                                                                                          2, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.
                                              selors and youth advocates from all
                                                                                          at the Veterans’ Park
                                              over the state of Missouri and beyond.
                                                                                          in Atchison. A huge
                                              Our booth provided information about
    The “I’m a Safe Driver” campaign                                                      turnout is expected
                                              the impacts of driving impaired and
    reaches out to high schools in the St.                                                for this groundbreak-
                                              not wearing a seatbelt. Both are poor
    Joseph metropolitan area by having                                                    ing because of the
                                              choices when driving a car.
    them register at the beginning of the                                                 support of the local
    school year with a pledge to drive                                                    community. They
    responsibly. Once a month, through-                                                   have been active par-
    out the school year, registration cards                                               ticipants since initial

                                                                                                                                                                                       Larry Jacobson
    are drawn for free prizes, and only                                                   discussions about re-
    students with a clean driving record                                                  placement began over
    can win. During the current campaign,                                                 a decade ago. As you
    monthly prizes included $1,000 of free                                                can see from the artist The Route NN bridge over Honey Creek in Nodaway
    gasoline, 80 meals at Chipotle, and 80                                                depictions of the new county was one of the first Safe & Sound bridges
                                                                                                                 completed and opened to the public.
    meals from the local Hy-Vee. A total of
    556 students entered the program this
    year. Of those, 80 students received

                                                                                          Seen From the Road
                                                                                          by M. Elaine Justus

    Fifteen-year-old Benton High School Student Caitlyn Morgan
    Strong was present to win the silver Mitsubishi Eclipse GS. Her
    mother (seen behind her) was even more excited than Caitlyn.

      for more info
                                                                                                                                                                         Ellen Dolan

           Community Relations Manager          Elaine Justus
           Phone                                816.387.2353
           E-mail                                   You never know what you’ll find on our state highways. We’ve always
                                                                                          wondered about the migratory patterns of the praying mantis. This fel-
           3602 N. Belt Highway                                                           low was on his way from the sculptor’s studio to Powell Gardens. There
           St. Joseph, MO 64506-1399                                                      is also a lady bug sculpture that will join him (or her) there. Gary Dolan,
                                                                                          the artist, tells us they’re designed for children to climb on.

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                                                                                                                                                       The last stop of
                                                                                                                                                        the day was the
                                                                                                                                                       visit to the Mis-
                                                                                                                                                        souri River Bridge
                                                                                                                                                       at Glasgow. All
                                                                                                                                                        but two spans of
                                                                                                                                                        the steel girders
                                                                                                                                                        have been set

A Day with Pete                                                                                                                                        and the concrete
                                                                                                                                                        poured. Pete, Dan,
by Tammy Wallace
                                                                                        Pete Rahn speaking candidly with employees.
                                                                                                                                                        and Assistant
                                                                                                                                                        District Engineer
One of the highlights for the district    When asked about future funding, Pete
                                                                                                                                                        Kevin James were
this spring was Director Pete Rahn’s      discussed the vast difference by com-         The group asked questions on several                            able to walk onto
visit. On the agenda were opportuni-      paring the amount of funding we’ve            topics like the new cold-in-place re-    a completed section of the bridge to get
ties to speak to citizens and MoDOT       been receiving thanks to Amendment 3,         cycling contract, our construction and   a birds eye view of the construction, the
employees, hit the airwaves and even      to the 2011 funding projection of only        maintenance programs, improvements       river and the ferry.
take a ferry ride.                        $425 million, which is not even enough        for I-70, job security and even going
                                                          to fund our mainte-           green. The meeting was recorded and      After touring the bridge, the group
                                                          nance program.                will be made available for the other     crossed the river on the only ferry
                                                                                        employees who were not able to attend    service available on the Missouri River.
                                                        On the brighter side
                                                                                        the meeting.                             Once the bridge is opened to traffic
                                                        of the funding issue,
                                                                                                                                 in August, the ferry service will be
                                                        Pete mentioned that             Then it was off to Chillicothe for lunch discontinued.
                                                        MoDOT has friends in            and a presentation to the Rotary. Along
                                                        the business community          with his message of accomplishments      Throughout the day several common
                                                        who are working with            and where we are heading with our        themes were evident. Pete is very ap-
                                                        Missourians across the          funding, Pete noted how we have          preciative of the work MoDOT employ-
                                                        state to develop a fund-                                                 ees are doing and he thinks they do an
District Engineer Dan Niec and MoDOT Director           ing plan for the future.                                                           excellent job; we have been
Pete Rahn talk it up on the radio show.
                                                        Pete said the first step                                                            very fortunate to enjoy the ex-
                                                        in developing a plan is                                                            tra funding through Amend-
The first stop was the KWIX/KRES         to ask Missourians what they want and                                                              ment 3, which has allowed us
radio show in Moberly where Pete        need from our transportation system.                                                               to do so much work across
talked about what a great job MoDOT                                                                                                        the state; we have been very
                                        After the show, Pete traveled to Macon
has been doing and noted some recent                                                                                                       accountable and are giving
                                        to meet first with the district’s EAEC
successes. One of those successes is                                                                                                       taxpayers a good value for the
                                        and then with a larger group of about
that our major roads went from a 44                                                                                                        dollars they have entrusted to
                                        100 employees. Pete began these meet-
percent good condition rating six years                                                                                                     us; and lastly, we need to find
                                        ings by thanking the employees for              Kevin James, Dan Niec and Pete Rahn take in
ago to an 83 percent good condition                                                                                                         a revenue stream that will
                                        what they are doing. “The success the           the view from the bridge.
rating today. “The jump can largely be                                                                                                      allow us to continue making
                                        department has been enjoying over the
attributed to Amendment 3 funding,                                                      shown Missouri taxpayers that we are                progress on our system.
                                        past few years is directly related to the
which made it possible to implement                                                     accountable, and that when given the
                                        talented and dedicated employees who                                                       We thank Pete for his visit and hope
the Smooth Roads Initiative and the                                                     resources, we can provide incredible
                                        want to do a job,” he said.                                                                he will return very soon. It is always a
Better Roads, Brighter Future pro-                                                      projects, all the while keeping our ad-
                                                                                                                                   pleasure to host him in the district.
gram,” said Rahn.                                                                       ministration costs at only two percent.

                                                                                        Management Technician Nancy Davis          accident victim. Billy Joe realized the
Smiling Faces all Around                                                                administered five back blows to her         man was going into shock and followed
                                                                                        small son who was choking on a Life        through with the emergency action
Risk Management Technician and            in CPR, the largest percentage ever in
                                                                                        Saver. Although she had been trained       steps of Check-Call-Care to make sure
CPR Training Administrator Jamie          the district! Most importantly, Jamie
                                                                                        for three years, she stated that had       911 was called and then followed the
Martin, along with her pictured helper,   and her real life helpers, the instructors,
                                                                                        she not been recertified she may have       steps to minimize shock.
definitely has something to smile and      aren’t finished yet. They’ve set a goal of
                                                                                        panicked and not reacted as quickly                                                   7
to brag about. Today, 95.8 percent of     100 percent certified, and they intend to                                                 According to Martin, these success
                                                                                        and calmly.
the district’s employees are certified     keep at it until they reach that goal.                                                   stories prove that you never know if
                                                                                        A second success came for Senior           or when you will need to use these life
                                                  “We’ve always put a big empha-        Maintenance Worker Billy Joe Pearce.       saving skills. You might need to use
                                                   sis on the program,” said Safety     The very next day after his certification   them on a family member, a friend, or
                                                   and Health Manager Shari Dye.        he found himself giving first aid to an     even a complete stranger.
                                                  “But this year with manage-
                                                   ment’s support we placed a
                                                   special effort towards getting
                                                   every employee certified.”            Alternate Route 63 Awarded
                                                  It never hurts to have a couple       A contract to construct the north          Construction on the six-mile section
                                                  of great success stories to share     six miles of the Alternate Route 63        will begin this August and will open to
                                                  as well. Two employees used           project was given the green light by       traffic by August 2011.
                                                  their CPR training within a few       the Commission in June. The contract
Jamie Martin and her helper sport big                                                                                              Work to complete the purchase of
smiles at their success.                          days of being certified. Risk
                                                                                                            was awarded to
                                                                                                                                   right-of-way and the design plans for
                                                                                                            C.J. Moyna and
                                                                                                                                   the 2.5-mile south section is ongoing.
                                                                                                            Sons Construction
  for more info                                                                                             at a cost of $17.4
                                                                                                                                   MoDOT will receive contractor bids in
       Community Relations Manager         Tammy Wallace                                                                           June 2010.
       Phone                               660.385.8209
                                                                                                                                   Before completion of this first project,
       E-mail                                       The six-mile stretch north of Route 6
                                                                                                                                   the second project will begin. The en-
       Route 63                                                                         East was accelerated about 18 months
                                                                                                                                   tire 8.5 miles will be opened to traffic
       P.O. Box 8                                                                       with funding received from the Ameri-
       Macon, MO 63552                                                                                                             by the end of 2011.
                                                                                        can Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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                                                                                            Lake Area Roads Benefit
                                                                                            from ARRA Funding
                                                                                            Route J, one of the main highway arter-   spot and tourist desination in northeast
                                                                                            ies through Mark Twain Lake, was the      Missouri. “About seventy five percent of
             Northeast                                                                      first project completed in the Northeast   the vehicles on these roads are tourists
                                                                                            District using American Recovery and      and includes boats and campers alike, so

    Warrior Avenue Sports                                                                   Reinvestment Act funding. The resurfac-
                                                                                            ing project also includes Routes EE and
                                                                                                                                      we’re glad we were able to finish it ahead
                                                                                                                                      of the summer,” said Macy Rodenbaugh,

    New Intersection                                                                        W, also feeders to the primary fishing     construction and materials engineer.

    The Warrenton Warriors will return to      Warrenton, then worked with MoDOT
    school next month, and those students      and Boonslick Regonal Planning Com-
    traveling along Route 47 will encoun-      mission. “It’s terrific to work with our
    ter an improved intersection, complete     communities to accomplish improve-
    with traffic signals and turn lanes. The    ments,” said Northeast District Engineer
    improvement was a partnership among        Paula Gough.
    MoDOT, the City of Warrenton and the       Kurt Kluesner, construction inspector
    Warren County R-3 School District.         who oversaw the project, flipped the
    The original idea to improve the in-       switch to fully activate the signals while
    tersection was that of two high school     MoDOT Warrenton maintenance crews
    students who graduated in 2005. The        flagged traffic. The official opening of
    students approached both the school        the intersection included a mini-parade
    superintendent and Missouri State          of a MoDOT truck, a school bus, and a                                              Dusty Wilson, construction inspector
    Representative Mike Sutherland. Since      city police car all driving through a ban-                                         (standing) oversees the resurfacing
                                                                                            project on Route J near Mark Twain Lake (inset). The Lake boasts two mil-
    the project was not funded on MoDOT’s      ner stretched across the intersection.
                                                                                            lion visitors each year, and several roads in the area are being resurfaced
    STIP, they approached the City of                                                       through the economic stimulus package provided by the federal government
                                                                                            earlier this year.

                                                                                            Around the District

    Chris Knapp, transportation project manager, Tom Batenhorst, district
    design engineer, and Ervin Fackler, area engineer, stretch the banner
    across the new intersection at Warrior Avenue and Route 47 in Warren-
    ton while MoDOT maintenance supervisor Norman Hellebusch leads the

    District Honors Fallen Ones
8   Northeast District employees                                                            In between rain days, several chip seals have already been completed in
                                                                                            the Northeast District, including this one on Route 168 between Hannibal
    honored their nine fallen co-
                                                                                            and Palmyra.
    workers by donating $500 to
    the Fallen Workers’ Memorial
    Fund. “We kept it simple,” said
    Safety and Health Manager
    April Fohey. She is referring to
    the method in which the funds
    were raised. “We provided
    every work unit a decorated
    envelope and gave them 30
                                               Cherie Brocaille, Mark Knickerbock-
    days to return it with donations,” she     er, April Fohey, Paula Gough, and
    explained. “The response was great, and    Dave Silvester present Don Hillis
                                               with $500 for the Fallen Workers’
    we appreciate the opportunity to be part
                                               Memorial Fund.
    of building a memorial that will honor
    those who have died on the job,” she

      for more info                                                                         Always looking for ways to be more efficient ... A hydraulic batwing mower
           Community Relations Manager         Marisa Brown                                 was used for a week in a few areas to determine if it would be a good
           Phone                               573.248.2502                                 investment for MoDOT. It is driven by hydraulic fluid instead of a power
           E-mail                                        take-off shaft, and one of the main advantages is that one of the wings can
                                                                                            be shut off during the operation. A disadvantage is that it would require
           Route 61 South
                                                                                            changes to the tractors. The mower received mixed reviews in the Northeast
           P.O. Box 1067
                                                                                            District and is being tested in other districts.
           Hannibal, MO 63401

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                                                                                                                                                   is much higher
                                                                                                                                                   than any dollar

                                                                                                                                                   Members of
                                                                                                                                                   the commu-
                                                                                                                                                   nity are urged
        KansasCityArea                                                                                                                             to become
                                                                                                                                                   involved in the
Jackson County Area Communities Join                                                                                                               fight against
                                                                                                                                                   litter. The No
MoDOT in No MOre Trash! Bash                                                                                                                       MOre Trash!
by Kerri Lewis                                                                                                                                     Bash is just the
                                                                                                                                                   beginning of a
In a collab-
                                                                                                                                                   year-round lit-
orative effort
                                                                                                                                                   campaign No
                                                                                                                                                   MOre Trash!, a
and Jackson
                                                                                                                                                   partnership of
County area
                                                                                                                                                   the Missouri
                                                                                                                                                   Departments of
state officials
and munici-                                                                        Independence Mayor Don Reimel, Lee’s Summit Mayor
                                                                                   Karen Messerli and Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross pre-          and Trans-
palities urged
                                                                                   pare to toss trash at the 2009 No MOre Trash! Bash at Bass portation and
everyone to                                                                        Pro near I-470 and I-70.                                        thousands of
become litter
                                                                                                                                                   volunteers. In
free during                                                                        Each year, area communities spend
                                                                                                                                                   2008, thou-
the 2009 No                                                                        a large amount of time and money
                                                                                                                            sands of people statewide picked up
MOre Trash!                                                                        picking up trash along area roads and
                                                                                                                            more than 84,000 bags of litter from
Bash Earth                                                                         highways. Across the state, MoDOT
                Beth Wright, District Engineer, spoke to the many partici-                                                  Missouri’s roadways, streams and
Day Event.      pants in the Earth Day No MOre Trash! Bash Celebration.            and taxpayers spend more than $5
                                                                                                                            other public areas. Join in the fight to
The kick-off                                                                       million each year to help keep Mis-
                                                                                                                            make Missouri litter free in 2009.
celebration                             County area, law enforcement, area         souri roads clean of litter. In the Kan-
was held on Earth Day, April 22, at     landfills and MoDOT are working to-         sas City area, MoDOT spends more         For more information, visit www.mdc.
the Bass Pro Shop, in Independence.     gether in a pledge to fight litter across   than $970,00 in an effort to help keep
Representatives from the Jackson        the Kansas City area.                      the area litter free. However, the cost

More Safe & Sound                                                                  kcICON Receives Major Award
                                                                                   by Jennifer Benefield
Ribbon Cuttings
                                                                                   The kcICON Project design-build           The award submittal described the
                                                          Sen. David Pearce,       team received the American Road           kcICON Project team’s collaboration
                                                          center, joined           and Transportation Builders Asso-         with a 12-member community advi-
                                                          MoDOT in a ribbon
                                                          cutting ceremony         ciation-Transportation Development        sory group (CAG). The CAG received
                                                          for the Route ZZ         Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) PRIDE            20 of the 100 total project points to
                                                          Bridge in Johnson        Award for its outstanding community       evaluate the architectural style and
                                                                                   relations work. MoDOT Community           bridge design aesthetics proposed
                                                                                   Relations Manager Jennifer Benefield       by competing design-build teams.
                                                                                   accepted the award from ARTBA             ARTBA’s primary goal is to aggres-
                                                                                   Senior Vice Chairman Larry Tate on        sively grow and protect transportation
Rep. Bob Nance
stands among rep-                                                                  May 19, 2009, in Washington, DC.          infrastructure investment to meet the
resentatives from                                                                                                            public and business demand for safe
MoDOT and RA                                                                       Ten transportation design and
                                                                                                                             and efficient travel. It provides pro-
Knapp and Sons to                                                                  construction firms and public agen-
signify completion                                                                 cies from across the country were
                                                                                                                             grams and services designed to give      9
of Ray County’s                                                                                                              its 5,000+ public and private sector
                                                                                   recognized for excellence in com-
first Safe & Sound                                                                                                            members a global competitive edge.
Bridge.                                                                            munity relations and public education.

                                                       Platte County Commis-
                                                       sioners stand on the
                                                       new deck of the Route
                                                       H Bridge, the district’s
                                                       first Safe & Sound
                                                       Bridge, to cut the rib-

  for more info
       Community Relations Manager        Kristy Hill
       Phone                              816.622.6327                             Jennifer Benefield, Community Relations Manager for kcICON, receives the
       E-mail                                    ARTBA-TDF PRIDE Award from ARTBA Senior Vice Chairman Larry Tate.

       600 NE Colbern Road
       Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

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                                                                                                Around the District
                                                                                                                                                                         The Sedalia mainte-
                                                                                                                                                                         nance crew places
                                                                                                                                                                         asphalt at the recently
                                                                                                                                                                         repaired Union Pa-

               Central                                                                                                                                                   cific railroad tracks
                                                                                                                                                                         on Route 50 in Pettis

     Statewide Recognition for

                                                                                                                                                         Eddie Carroll
     District Procurement Agent
     by Holly Dentner
                                                                                                Senior Traffic Studies
     Central District Senior Procure-             with statewide purchasing projects,           Specialist Brandon
     ment Agent Corey Duemmel recently            contributed to this recognition.              Campbell gets some
     received the 2008 Manager of the Year                                                      help demonstrating a
                                                  “I prepare quotes and bids for anything       traffic counter during
     Award from the Missouri Association                                                        Take Our Children to
                                                   the district might need,” said Duem-
     of Public Purchas-                                                                         Work day on June 10.
                                                                     mel. “The statewide
                                                                     projects offer me an
     He was presented                                                opportunity to assist
     the award on May                                                with bids and con-

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Shaun Schmitz
     14 at the associa-                                              tracts on a larger scale
     tion’s conference                                               and with a bigger
     in Lake Ozark.                                                  impact.”
     The award is
                                                                  Duemmel spends
     given to a person
     in a management
                                                                  his days working on
                                                                  bids and quotes that
                                                                                                 Low-Water Crossings are a
     capacity that
                                                                                                ‘Practical’ Solution
                                                                  Holly Dentner

                                                                  support the needs of
     has exhibited
                                                                  the District’s Main-          by Holly Dentner
     high standards
                                                                  tenance and other
     of professional-
                           Senior Procurement Agent Corey         divisions.                    Early this spring MoDOT completed          and duration of flooding, making it
     ism and ethics,
                           Duemmel was awarded for his                                          work on three low-water crossings in       easier and safer for local residents, mail
     made significant       professionalism and outstanding “In addition to all our
                                                                  standard purchases, I         Camden County that not only made           carriers, and school buses to use them.
     contributions and     service in public purchasing.
                                                                  also get to work on           travel on them safer and smoother, but
     provided outstand-                                                                                                                   “We are very pleased with the result on
                                                a few more unusual projects,” said              also garnered recognition for their prac-
     ing service in public purchasing.                                                                                                     these three crossings and planning the
                                                Duemmel. “I’ve worked on bids for               tical design and environmental benefit.
                                                                                                                                           same work on an additional crossing
     Duemmel was recognized in the “small
                                                recycling our district’s used oil in order      The three crossings were on county         in Camden County,” said Hood. “The
     entity” category, which covers organi-
                                                to generate money and promotional               roads that cross the Little Niangua        Bannister Ford Crossing on County
     zations with five or fewer employees in
                                                contracts such as the Coalition for             River, and were modified as part of         Road N-165 over the Little Niangua
     their procurement division.
                                                Roadway Safety’s educational efforts            MoDOT’s mitigation efforts for the         River is scheduled to begin over the
     He has worked for MoDOT since 2001         with Mizzou Sports Properties.”                 environmental impact of various            summer and will follow a similar
     and said he was pleased to receive the                                                     construction projects in the Lake of the   design and hopefully provide the same
                                                The Missouri Association of Public
     award. He believes the range and va-                                                       Ozarks area.                               benefit.”
                                                Purchasing is a chapter of the National
     riety of his work, plus his involvement
                                                Institute of Governmental Purchasing.           The work was recently recognized by         While these routes are county roads,
                                                                                                MoDOT and the American Council of           the economic and environmental
                                                                                                Engineering Companies as an outstand-       benefit makes them ideal for MoDOT
     Roundabout Proposed for                                                                    ing acheivement of practical design.        to help meet federal requirements for

     Sedalia Intersection                                                                       The low-water crossings were selected
                                                                                                as the winner in the “off system” proj-
                                                                                                                                            construction projects.

                                                                                                                                            “Our standard mitigation efforts usually
     Motorists in mid-Missouri                                  allows for a high volume        ect category.
                                                                                                                                             include planting trees or stabilizing
     may soon navigate a new                                    of traffic with the least        “Implementing practical design on this       nearby stream banks,” said Hood.
10   roundabout on the state                                    amount of inconvenience.         project meant looking for a sensible and   “These low-water crossings stand out
     highway system, this time                                  Roundabouts also require         realistic way to address the situation,”    as a way to improve the transportation
     at the intersection of Route                               less maintenance than            said Transportation Project Manager         system and provide a great benefit to
     Y and Winchester Drive in                                  traditional signalized           Nicole Hood.                                the area’s natural habitat and wildlife.”
     Pettis County. The inter-                                  intersections.
                                                                                                From an environmental standpoint, the
     section is located just west
                                                               The proposed roundabout          new crossings pro-
     of State Fair Community
                                                               would improve safety and         vide a great benefit
     College in Sedalia. A public meeting
                                                  traffic flow at Route Y by constructing         to area wildlife. The
     was held on June 16 to gather input on
                                                  the roundabout at the existing intersec-      new, higher cross-
     the proposed work.
                                                  tion location. Approximately $400,000         ings will allow for
     A roundabout accommodates traffic             is budgeted for the improvements, with        increased water flow,
     flow in one direction around a center         funding made available through the            which improves fish
     circular island. It is a great alternative   American Recovery and Reinvestment            migration, particu-
     to a signalized intersection because it      Act of 2009. Work could begin by the          larly for a federally
                                                  end of the year.                              threatened species
                                                                                                called the Niangua
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Holly Dentner

        for more info                                                                           The new crossings
             Community Relations Manager          Kristin Gerber
             Phone                                573.522.3375                                  also reduce main-
                                                                                                                         District Design Engineer Steve Engelbrecht, Trans-
             E-mail                                        tenance needs and        portation Project Designer Bob Jany, and Transpor-
                                                                                                expenses. All three      tation Project Manager Nicole Hood accepted the
             1511 Missouri Boulevard
                                                                                                were designed to de-     award on behalf of the district. Hood says the Cen-
             P.O. Box 718
                                                                                                                         tral Office Bridge and Environmental Divisions were
             Jefferson City, MO 65102                                                           crease the frequency     also instrumental in completing the work.

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                                                                                     MoDOT Responds to I-270
                                                                                     Emergency Incident
                                                                                     by Jack Wang

                                                                                     District 6 employees were recently put        After speaking with MoDOT admin-
         St. LouisArea                                                               to the test when an emergency situa-          istration, everyone agreed to leave the
                                                                                     tion occurred on Interstate 270 near          load on the shoulder until after the
Materials Inspector Recognized as                                                    the Route 370 overpass in the St. Louis       evening rush hour.
Volunteer of the Year                                                                                                              Back at the Transportation Manage-
by Nathan Allen                                                                      On Thursday May 21, a tractor-trailer         ment Center (TMC), engineers worked
                                                                                     carrying an oversized load caused an          efficiently to make sure traffic flowed
District 6 is filled with employees who                                               accident, and a traffic slowdown. The          smoothly during this critical time.
constantly give their time to volunteer.                                             trailer lost its load, which rolled off the
                                                                                                                                   “We quickly realized that this incident
Community Liaison, Shirlyn Myles,                                                    flatbed trailer and struck a girder and
                                                                                                                                    would be one where management and
relies on some of those employees to                                                 pier on the Route 370 overpass. It hap-
                                                                                                                                    others needed to be involved, so we
make her various events possible. As a                                               pened as the afternoon rush traffic was
                                                                                                                                    initiated Incident Command,” said
way to celebrate the 48 employees who                                                set to begin in just a few hours.
                                                                                                                                    Teresa Krenning, Transportation
volunteered at one of her events and
                                                                                     John Hodge, MoDOT Motorist Assist              Management Center Manager. “Within
the National Volunteer Month of April,
                                                                                     Operation Supervisor, Chris Stone,             the hour we had our first briefing and
Myles hosted a volunteer recognition
                                                                                     MoDOT Bridge Maintenance Super-                two follow-up briefings later in the day.
luncheon in the spring.
                                                                                     visor and Chuck Dolejsi, MoDOT                 Everyone was well informed and co-
“This was my way of saying ‘thank          Senior Materials Inspector                Regional Bridge Engineer, and Owen             operation among the TMC, field staff
                                           Betherny Williams won the
 you’ to those individuals who helped      Volunteer of the Year Award.              Hasson, Maintenance Superintendent             and management was astounding. As
 without hesitation for my projects and                                              all quickly arrived on the scene, and          a result, there was minimal impact to
 events,” Myles said. “As Community        Williams’ biggest volunteer project is    assessed the situation.                        the public because of the incident.”
 Liaison, I cannot survive without their   her work with the Transportation and
 efforts.”                                 Civil Engineering (TRAC) program
                                           at Construction Careers High School
Out of the 48 employees, 11 were           in St. Louis. Williams goes to the
nominated for the “Volunteer of the        high school once a month to speak to
Year” award.                               students about engineering and help
“I thought about volunteers who vol-       them with various projects. Recently
 unteered at three or more events and      through the Construction Careers High
 went beyond the call of duty to help,”    School, District 6 had its first entry
 said Myles. “These 11 volunteers were     into TRAC’s National Bridge Building
 always ready to lend a helping hand,      Competition.
 were the first ones there and were the     “It is important for me to play a role
 last ones to leave.”                       in the educational advancement of
The volunteers were allowed to vote         our children’s future,” Williams said.
for the nominee they thought best de-      “Many people gave their time uncon-
served the award, and Senior Materials      ditionally to make me into the person
                                                                                     An oversized load falls off a flatbed tractor-trailer, striking the girder
Inspector, Betherny Williams, won the       I am, I believe I must give back three
                                                                                     on the eastbound Route 370 overpass at northbound Interstate 270.
award. Williams is involved with em-        times more.”                             This view is looking south.
ployee mentoring, she organized and        Williams also said that her main focus
led a Job Shadow Day, where seven          is to raise awareness for engineering     The far right lane and shoulder were          Krenning credits TMC supervisors
area high school students shadowed         and hopefully show the students that      closed to traffic as members of the            Alan Heathman and Phil Davis for tak-
various MoDOT employees. Williams          through hard work and determination       emergency response team worked to             ing the correct action and supporting
also speaks to the Future Society of       anything is possible.                     figure out the best time to remove the         their staff.
Engineers, a society of college stu-                                                 load blocking traffic.
                                                                                                                                   For Chris Stone, he’s seen all types of
dents, when asked.
                                                                                     Chris Stone also conducted media              incidents in his 30 years with MoDOT.
                                                                                     interviews with television news crews
                                                                                                                                   “Its just another day at the office for us   11
                                                                                     that showed up on the scene. This
                                                                                                                                   in the field we just expect the unex-
                                                                                     incident became a prime example of
                                                                                                                                   pected,” said Stone. “We try and learn
                                                                                     dealing with an emergency incident
                                                                                                                                   something from each incident and that
                                                                                                                                   makes us better prepared to handle the
                                                                                     I felt that we all did a good job and all     next one.”
                                                                                     agencies worked very well together,”
                                                                                                                                   John Hodge agrees. “This was a team
                                                                                     said Hodge. “The biggest hurdle was
                                                                                                                                   effort and it paid off,” said Hodge. “We
                                                                                     the time that the incident occurred, so
                                                                                                                                   don’t like these things to happen but
                                                                                     close to rush hour and convincing the
                                                                                                                                   we are getting good at it. That’s what
                                                                                     tow and police that it was best to leave
                                                                                                                                   makes me proud to be an employee of
                                                                                     it on the shoulder until rush hour was
District Engineer Ed Hassinger and I-64 Project Director Lesley Hoffarth                                                           The incident was cleared several hours
were joined by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, other elected officials, For-            The towing companies couldn’t give
est Park representatives and employees of Forest Park Hospital to open                                                             after the evening rush hour ended.
                                                                                     emergency responders a definitive time
the Hampton Avenue bridge over I-64. The bridge opened on schedule                                                                 Repairs to the girder are currently
May 22 after being closed for eight months for reconstruction.                       on when the accident would be cleared
                                                                                     before the evening rush hour.

   for more info
        Community Relations Manager        Marie Elliott
        Phone                              314.340.4524

        1590 Woodlake Drive
        Chesterfield, MO 63017

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     District 7 Wins Chip Seal Challenge
     by Wendy Brunner-Lewis

                                                                                       The crew, headed by Monett Regional        The crew included employees from
                                                                                       Maintenance Supervisor Ryan West           Seneca, Longview, Neosho, Joplin,
     District 7 chip-seal forces captured     won first place in 2006 for the chip
                                                                                       and Neosho Regional Maintenance            Anderson, Cassville and Monett.
     first place in the 2008 chip-seal chal-   seal on Barton County Route 126 and
                                                                                       Supervisor Mark Willis, chip-sealed
     lenge for their coarse aggregate work    second place on Cedar/St. Clair County                                              The employees split the $5,000 first-
                                                                                       approximately 150 miles last summer.
     on Newton County Route HH. Crews         Route H in 2007.                                                                    place prize.

     Mt. Vernon Interchange                                                            District 7 Sends 30 Bikes to
     Taking Shape                                                                      Jefferson City
                                                                                       by Wendy Brunner-Lewis

                                                                                       The Ride for Remembrance, a state-         event, but I think it went really well.
                                                                                       wide rally to raise funds for the Fallen   Our riders seemed to have a good time.”
                                                                                       Workers Memorial, roared into Jeffer-
                                                                                                                                  Riders from the Anderson and Neosho
                                                                                       son City Saturday afternoon, June 13.
                                                                                                                                  areas met with riders at the district of-
                                                                                       The organizer of the District 7 rally,     fice, and then the group picked up rid-
                                                                                       Maintenance Superintendent Tim Hou-        ers in Lamar, Nevada and El Dorado
                                                                                       dyshell, said the district had approxi-    Springs before heading to Jefferson
                                                                                       mately 30 motorcycles represent it.        City. Riders from across the state gath-
                                                                                                                                  ered at the Central Office for food and
                                                                                       “There were some glitches, of course,
                                                                                                                                  fun, and to commemorate MoDOT’s
                                                                                        with this being the first year for the
                                                                                                                                  fallen workers.


     Neosho Construction Inspectors Greg Chapman, left, and Mike
                                                                                       Tim Houdyshell attached the District 7 flag to the back of his bike.
     Copley check the compressive strength of the concrete on the
     new I-44/Route 39 interchange at Mt. Vernon. The interchange
     will be complete by the end of the year.                                                                                               Jesse and Rhonda
                                                                                                                                            Green, from
                                                                                                                                            Appleton City
                                                                                                                                            and Osceola
                                                                                                                                            respectively, take a
                                                                                                                                            break on their way
       for more info                                                                                                                        to Jefferson City.

            Community Relations Manager       Lori Marble
            Phone                             417.629.3300
            3901 E. 32nd Street
            Joplin, MO 64804

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                                                                       Bob Edwards

Dewayne Coffer, left, and Bub Jenkins of Ozark Maintenance.

Teamwork and Attention to Detail
Help D8 Win Chip Seal Challenge
by Angela Eden and Bob Edwards

Using the correct rock on a busy sub-       Hiebert said. No rock windrows were
urban roadway coupled with a high           left on the road and no piles of gravel
degree of teamwork and attention to         were deposited in ditches. Nor did oil
detail added several years of service to    flush to the surface.
Christian County Route NN in Ozark.
                                            • The project required 20 maintenance
The effort also earned Maintenance           workers from nine shops to do the job
forces in District 8 top honors for the      and everyone contributed to its success,
second year in a row in MoDOT’s chip-        said Ozark Senior Maintenance Work-
seal challenge.                              ers Dewayne Coffer and Bub Jenkins,
                                             the lead equipment operators on the
“The quality of the work was some of
                                             Route NN chip-seal and many others in
 the best we’d seen,” said Matt Hiebert,
                                             recent years.
 a Central Office Community Relations
 coordinator and a non-engineer mem-        “We had a good team,” Coffer said. “If
 ber of the judging team.                    it weren’t for everybody on the crew, it
                                             wouldn’t be possible.”
District 8 won first place in the “fine
aggregate” category for the Route NN        Coffer runs the chip spreader and Jen-
project in 2008. D8 also won last year      kins drives an oil distributor.
in the “coarse aggregate” category for
                                            • The Route NN chip-seal provided a
a 2007 chip-seal on Route 5 south of
                                             smooth road, and that generated high
                                             marks, Hiebert said.
 Route NN, running north of Route
                                          “Smaller rock, less noise,” Jenkins said.
 14/Business 65 in Ozark toward Route
 60 between Springfield and Rogersville, The dark rock also looks good on the
 goes through a growing residential        road, he said.                                                                                                                     13
 area and sees lots of commuter traffic.   “I’m very proud of our crews,” District
 Ozark High School and Ozark North         Engineer Kirk Juranas said.
 Elementary School, located along the
                                                                                                                                                  Bob Edwards

 road, also generate considerable traffic. The maintenance staff has worked hard
                                           to improve its chip-seal operations,
 Here’s a look at the project:             selecting the right material for each
• Senior Pavement Specialist Brad          job and refining the laydown process,         D8 at Work
 Brown said a 1/4-inch-by-1/8-inch trap    Juranas said.
                                                                                        Seymour Maintenance Supervisor Doug Cron (top photo) mows along Route
rock (Iron Mountain chat) fit the needs.     “This second win in the chip-seal chal-     60 near Macomb. He was part of a mowing operation that included mainte-
                                                                                        nance workers from the Fordland, Seymour, Hartville, Manes and Mountain
“We had fine cracks in the road,” Brown       lenge reflects how well our area crews      Grove shops and covered Route 60 between Springfield and Cabool.
 said. It was thought that small aggre-      have learned to coordinate their efforts
                                                                                        Loading glass beads for a striping run along I-44 east of Springfield (middle
 gate would work well to seal it. It did.    to deliver one common objective,” said     photo) are Striping Senior Maintenance Worker Ray Pasley, left, and Sign-
                                             Juranas.                                   ing Maintenance Crew Leader Chuck White. Driving a striping truck along
• Avoiding excesses in rock and oil                                                     I-44 near Marshfield (inset photo) is Striping Maintenance Crew Leader Jim
 was an important factor in the judging,                                                Mezel, with Pasley and White operating the controls for the yellow median
                                                                                        shoulder stripe and the white skips dividing the lanes. A Highway Patrol
                                                                                        trooper provided a safety escort for the slow-moving striping train.
   for more info                                                                        Checking progress on the Diverg-
        Community Relations Manager         Bob Edwards                                 ing Diamond Interchange project at
                                                                                                                                     “Talkin’ Transportation”
        Phone                               417.895.7713                                Kansas Expressway and I-44 (bottom             Call-In Radio Show
                                                                                        photo) is Springfield Intermediate
                                                                                        Construction Inspector Jason Even-         KWTO 560 AM, Springfield
        3025 E. Kearney                                                                 den, left. He is meeting with Dave
        P.O. Box 868                                                                    Kabetske, center, and Luke Hubbard         10-10:50 a.m. Wednesdays
        Springfield, MO 65801                                                            of Hartman Construction of Spring-

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     D9 Employees Rev Up Their Engines in Support
     of the Fallen Workers’ Memorial
     by Christi Turkleson

     The sun was shining as motorcyclists        recognize the fallen. I think a memorial    just takes a moment,” he said. “If you     important that the contributions and
     from the South Central District partici-    is a great way to pay our respects to the   get the least bit distracted it could be   sacrifice of these dedicated employees
     pated in the Ride For Remembrance           ones that have mostly been forgotten        the end.”                                  is not forgotten,” said District Engineer
     Rally on June 13. The ride began at 8       until now.”                                                                            Tom Stehn. “A statewide memorial that
                                                                                             Throughout the day, riders enjoyed bar-
     a.m. at the Highway Patrol Troop G                                                                                                 honors all of MoDOT’s fallen workers
                                                 Senior Materials Inspector, Curtis          becue, participated in games and events,
     Headquarters in Willow Springs and                                                                                                 would honor those who have made the
                                                 Dowden, said that he participated in the    and visited various vendor booths. Par-
     followed a scenic route to Jefferson                                                                                               largest sacrifice of all.”
                                                 Ride For Remembrance because, “it’s         ticipants said they felt the event was a
                                                 about people. Most people don’t realize     success. “It was a great opportunity for   The South Central District has lost six
     Participants in the ride said they feel a   how dangerous it is out there in the        employees to have fun while supporting     employees in the line of duty:
     statewide Fallen Workers’ Memorial is       roadway. It’s a dangerous job.”             a good cause,” said Woodruff.              Irwin C. Cudworth           1957
     important. Intermediate Information                                                                                                Ellis Suggs                 1964
                                                                                             While South Central District has a
     Systems Technologist Larry Wood-            Dowden said he feels he’s been lucky in                                                Curtis J. Mullins           1965
                                                                                             memorial to honor the contributions
     ruff said, “I’m glad that someone has       his twenty years of service, but knows                                                 George “Bud” Whited         1989
                                                                                             of its fallen workers, employees fully
     decided that we need to stand up and        that others have been less fortunate. “It                                              Dennis R. Hayes             1995
                                                                                             support a statewide memorial. “It’s
                                                                                                                                        Gerald T. Lizotte           2001

     The South Central Ride For Remembrance riders.

     D9 Employees the Key to Success at Fort Leonard Wood Safety Days
     by Christi Turkleson

     Several South Central District employ-      Outside, attendees were able to partici-    According to Kelly Martin, Regional        able to have as large a presence at this
     ees participated in the biggest safety      pate in demonstrations and interactive      Coordinator for the Coalition for Road-    significant event for Fort Leonard
     and health event ever held at Fort Leon-    activities relating to safety and health.   way Safety, the event was a success for    Wood,” said Martin. This was the first
     ard Wood on May 18. The fair was held       MoDOT demonstrations included the           the South Central District because of      time MoDOT participated and Martin
     by the Maneuver Support Center and          Seat Belt Convincer, which emphasizes       the volunteers.                            said the long day was worth it. “I feel
     Fort Leonard Wood to provide informa-       the importance of wearing your seat                                                    the event was a huge success for the
                                                                                             “The employees who volunteered were
14   tion and training related to the safety     belt at any speed, and a driving activity                                              coalition and will open many doors for
                                                                                              critical to the success of this event.
     and total wellness of soldiers, civilian    that allows drivers to experience the                                                  future events with Fort Leonard Wood,
                                                                                              Without them, we would not have been
     employees and family members at the         difficulty of driving under the influence                                                as well as other organizations.”
     base. The event was free and open to        of alcohol. The Rollover Demonstrator
     the public, with local schools bussing in   was also on hand to show those attend-
     more than 150 children, grades K-6, to      ing what happens to unbuckled drivers
     participate.                                during a rollover accident.

     Inside, attendees were able to visit        Major General Gregg F. Martin, Com-
     more than 40 vendors, including a           manding General, U.S. Army Maneu-
     MoDOT booth featuring information           ver Support Center and Fort Leonard
     and handouts for visitors. MoDOT staff      Wood, toured the booths and demon-
     members were available to answer            strations. Major General Martin was
     questions and educate participants on       complimentary of MoDOT and spoke
     road safety issues.                         to the troops about the importance of
                                                 seat belt use.

       for more info
            Community Relations Manager          Christi Turkleson
            Phone                                417.469.6203
            910 Old Springfield Road                                                          Dixon Senior Maintenance Worker Danny Bassett shares information with a
            P.O. Box 220                                                                     young lady before she feels the effects of a 5 mph traffic crash while belted
            Willow Springs, MO 65793                                                         in the Seat Belt Convincer.

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                                                                                      Ribbon Cutting Held
                                                                                      Approximately a year ago, the ground-
                                                                                      breaking for the Route 67/Old Orchard
                                                                                      Interchange project was held and now
                                                                                      the project is nearing completion. The
                                                                                      new Orchard Road and northbound
                                                                                                                                State Sen. Kevin Engler; State Rep.
                                                                                                                                Linda Fischer; Bonne Terre Mayor Fritz
                                                                                                                                Gower; and MoDOT Southeast Assis-
                                                                                                                                tant District Engineer Cheryl Ball.

                                                                                                                                To improve safety and provide smooth-
                                                                                      Route 67 off ramps are completed and
                                                                                                                                er traffic flow on heavily traveled
Sidewalk Improvements Make a                                                          open to traffic.
                                                                                                                                Route 67 in St. Francois County, a new
Difference for Kennett Residents                                                      To celebrate the approaching comple-      interchange was built at Route 67 and
by Marissa Van Robey                                                                  tion of the Route 67/Old Orchard Inter-   Old Orchard Road with several existing
                                                                                      change project, the Missouri Depart-      median crossings being removed in
For those who travel primarily by side-     Once the ramps were installed, District   ment of Transportation held a ribbon      the area. The project included grading,
walk, improvements like those made to       10 quickly began receiving positive       cutting ceremony on June 4. The cer-      drainage, and paving for construction
Route 84 in Kennett can make a huge         feedback from the residents. Kennett      emony was held at the Parkland Health     of an outer road and interchange with
difference.                                 resident Shirley Magner was one of        Center in Bonne Terre. The public and     Old Orchard Road. The $7,743,813
                                            the first to share her experience with     media were invited to attend. Speak-      contract was awarded in February 2008
“I see more and more people using pow-
                                            District 10 after traveling down the      ers included: Tom Schulte on behalf of    to Iron Mountain Construction, Iron
 er chairs as a mode of transportation,”
                                            improved sidewalks.                       U.S. Sen. Kit Bond; Heather Garner on     Mountain, Mo.
 said Kennett Mayor Roger Wheeler.
                                                                                      behalf of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson;
                                            “I am in an electric wheelchair, and
In response to the increasing number
                                             I used the new ramps on First Street
of power chair and electric wheelchair
                                             today for the first time,” Magner said.
users in Kennett, sidewalk ramps were
                                            “I just wanted to say thank you.”
recently installed between Sonic and
                                             Magner explained that the new ramps
Route 25 along Route 84 in Kennett.
                                             mean increased mobility and increased
“We worked closely with the communi-         safety for Kennett residents.
 ty to better understand its needs,” said
                                            “Before the sidewalk improvements, it
 Project Manager Eric Krapf. “Ken-
                                             was so nerve-racking,” she said. “By
 nett residents and groups, such as the
                                             the time you got home, you didn’t even
 Bootheel Area Independent Living
                                             enjoy your day out.”
 Services and Kennett Chamber of
 Commerce, were actively involved in        Magner described that prior to the
 the improvement process with D10.”         improvements, she felt stressed by the
                                            surrounding traffic. She added that
This project was funded through two
                                            although she followed the rules when
federal programs. The Surface Trans-
                                            using her electric wheelchair along the   The Honorable Fritz Gower, Mayor of Bonne Terre, cuts the ribbon during
portation Program offers transporta-                                                  the Route 67/Old Orchard Interchange ribbon-cutting ceremony. Others
                                            roadway, she is sure that some drivers
tion funding to cities with populations                                               participating include: Presiding Commissioner Dr. David Cramp, Sen. Kevin
                                            felt uneasy with the presence of the      Engler, Rep. Linda Fischer, Heather Garner on behalf of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann
greater than 5,000. The Transportation
                                            power chairs and wheelchairs.             Emerson, Tom Schulte on behalf of U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, Ron Steele with the
Enhancement program allows federal
                                                                                      SEMO Regional Planning Commission, and MoDOT Southeast Assistant Dis-
funding specific to pedestrian and           “The sidewalk ramps are a big deal—       trict Engineer Cheryl Ball.
bicycle facilities.                          not only for disabled people, but for
                                             people driving as well,” she said.
                                                                                      D10 Projects Receive Pavement Awards
                                                                                      Three of Southeast District’s projects    quality,” said District Construction and
                                                                                      recently received the National Asphalt    Materials Engineer Lynelle Luther.
                                                                                      Paving Association’s award for Quality    “The contractors for these projects were
                                                                                      in Construction. The award-winning        able to achieve excellent quality with
                                                                                      projects include I-55 in New Madrid       the product on a daily basis.”
                                                                                      County (Apex Paving Company), Route
                                                                                                                                The I-55 project in New Madrid County
                                                                                      60 in Stoddard County (Apex Paving
                                                                                                                                also won the Missouri Asphalt Paving
                                                                                      Company) and I-55 in Perry County
                                                                                                                                Association’s Award for Quality (under
                                                                                      (APAC Missouri, Inc.).
                                                                                                                                50,000 tons). The state only recognizes
                                                                                      “The projects won because the asphalt     two projects per year with this award.
                                                                                      mix was consistent and of excellent

                                                   Kennett resident Shirley
                                                   Magner (in photo above and
                                                   to left) was one of the first
                                                   to share with D10 about
                                                   her increased mobility and
                                                   increased safety, due to the
                                                   improved sidewalks.

   for more info
        Community Relations Manager Nicole Thieret
                                                                                      Resident Engineer Brian Holt, District Construction and Materials Engineer
        Phone                       573.472.6632
                                                                                      Lynelle Luther, and Resident Engineer Darius Dowdy display three awards
        E-mail                                   for paving projects in New Madrid, Stoddard and Perry Counties.
        2675 N. Main Street
        P.O. Box 160
        Sikeston, MO 63801

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Next Generation Desktop Online Training
Now Available
by Matt Hiebert

Next Generation Desktop is a much-               To make sure you’re ready, go to wwwi
needed update to our operating system            and click on the Next Generation Desk-
and desktop software. Everyone who               top logo in the News and Events area.
works with a computer at MoDOT will              You’ll find several options for online
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Bring on the Snow … We’ll Be Ready
by Kristi Jamison

If a snowflake tried to fall in the heat          an option to run their academy like the    Management Director Don Hillis. “We        study guide is available on the Intranet
of a Missouri summer, it would never             District Roadeo competitions, but there    wanted to give the districts more flex-     at wwwi.)
make it to the ground. But once winter           will no longer be a statewide Roadeo       ibility in how they carried out snow
                                                                                                                                       Participants will also have to take part
rolls around, our crews will have to             competition.                               removal training. Under the Snow Acad-
                                                                                                                                       in two non-rated training activities,
be prepared for the challenges brought                                                      emy, they can better tailor the training
                                                 Nevertheless, the overall objective                                                   such as tire chain installation, GL-400
on by snow, ice and sleet. That’s why                                                       exercises to the needs of their area and
                                                 remains the same. The Snow Academy                                                    calibration and operation, wing plow
MoDOT maintenance staff will soon                                                           their personnel.”
                                                 will ensure workers have the knowl-                                                   or tow plow operation, snow plow and
be putting their noses to the grindstone,
                                                 edge and skills that are necessary to      Each district will host a Snow Academy     cinder bed installation and/or snow
or should we say asphalt, to train well
                                                 remove snow and ice safely, effectively    in September or October in preparation     route plans and priorities.
in advance for the next snow fight.
                                                 and efficiently.                            for winter operations. District supervi-
                                                                                                                                       Each participant will have the oppor-
In really just a change of a name,                                                          sory staff will serve as judges.
                                                “The skills part of the Roadeo is what                                                 tunity to fill out an online evaluation
districts will conduct a Snow Academy
                                                 got us ready for winter,” said System      Since the Snow Academy is a train-         form to rate this training opportunity.
this year. Each district will still have
                                                                                            ing assessment program, all full-time      Forms will be available in October on
                                                                                            maintenance staff and other full-time      the Intranet, wwwi, on EAC computers,
                                                                                            staff who are routinely called on to plow  which are located in every maintenance
                                                                                            snow will be required to participate. Re-  facility.
                                                                                            sults will be used to identify additional
                                                                                                                                      “The Snow Academy will provide a
                                                                                            employee training needs.
                                                                                                                                       more comprehensive training,” Hillis
                                                                                            All participants must successfully com-    said. “Our maintenance crews will
                                                                                            plete basic operational classes before     have everything they need to be fully
                                                                                            they can participate in the Snow Acad-     prepared for the winter season.” Every-
                                                                                            emy. The skills training will remain the   thing, that is, except the white stuff.
                                                                                            same with staff being rated on both pre-
                                                                                            trip inspections and obstacle courses
                                                                                            for the snow plow truck and loader, and
                                                                                            they will need to take a written test. (A

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