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-
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
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.
Communications System Receives
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 www.modot.org/safeand-
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
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
July 2009 Connections
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
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
New MoDOT Blog
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 modotblog.blogspot.com 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.
w tation Photo and Video Contest: On the
“MoDO ly help
at not on
Job and Green Solutions.
me a m
MoDOT’s Chief Financial Ofﬁcer
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
accountant who has demonstrated a
strong commitment to the public inter-
est through distinguished achievements
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
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.
July 2009 Connections
Ac r o s s t h e St a t e
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
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
Community Relations Manager Elaine Justus
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Ac r o s s t h e St a t e
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.
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
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.
for more info at a cost of $17.4
MoDOT will receive contractor bids in
Community Relations Manager Tammy Wallace June 2010.
Before completion of this ﬁrst project,
E-mail Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov 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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Ac r o s s t h e St a t e
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-
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
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 email@example.com 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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Ac r o s s t h e St a t e
is much higher
than any dollar
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-
MOre Trash!, a
and munici- Independence Mayor Don Reimel, Lee’s Summit Mayor
Karen Messerli and Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross pre- and Trans-
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
free during Each year, area communities spend
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 mo.gov/nomoretrash.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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-
14 at the associa- tracts on a larger scale
tion’s conference and with a bigger
in Lake Ozark. impact.”
The award is
given to a person
in a management
his days working on
bids and quotes that
Low-Water Crossings are a
support the needs of
the District’s Main- by Holly Dentner
tenance and other
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-
“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
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 email@example.com 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.
July 2009 Connections
Ac r o s s t h e St a t e
MoDOT Responds to I-270
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
1590 Woodlake Drive
Chesterﬁeld, MO 63017
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Ac r o s s t h e St a t e
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
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
respectively, take a
break on their way
for more info to Jefferson City.
Community Relations Manager Lori Marble
3901 E. 32nd Street
Joplin, MO 64804
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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,
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
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
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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Ac r o s s t h e St a t e
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
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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Ac r o s s t h e St a t e
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
for more info
Community Relations Manager Nicole Thieret
Resident Engineer Brian Holt, District Construction and Materials Engineer
Lynelle Luther, and Resident Engineer Darius Dowdy display three awards
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for paving projects in New Madrid, Stoddard and Perry Counties.
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Next Generation Desktop Online Training
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
be affected. training and tutorials that will get you
up to speed on these changes.
If you use any Microsoft Ofﬁce
products, you’ll need to be familiar You can also go directly to these Micro-
with some of the changes coming up. soft Ofﬁce 2007 online training sites.
While the functionality of the software
remains the same, there are changes to The Ribbon is a feature in Microsoft Ofﬁce Word 2007. It is designed to
the menus and some of the processes, help you quickly ﬁnd the commands that you need to complete a task.
including a ribbon used to ﬁnd com- http://ofﬁce.microsoft.com/en-us/train- Commands are organized in logical groups, which are collected together
under tabs. Each tab relates to a type of activity, such as writing or laying
out a page. To reduce clutter, some tabs are shown only when needed. For
example, the Picture Tools tab is shown only when a picture is selected.
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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