March 1, 2018
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MoDOT wants you to be a member of its "Pothole Patrol" 

Throughout March, maintenance crews will be repairing potholes to keep roads as safe and smooth as possible. The public is asked to report potholes so MoDOT maintenance crews can assess the damage and complete the needed repairs.

"We don't want to take any shortcuts and sacrifice the safety of our customers and our crews," said State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. "We are focusing on quality repairs. It is not a good use of resources to have our crews going out multiple times repairing the same pothole."

Allmeroth asks motorists to watch out for crews making the repairs, slow down and move over a lane to give them room to work. As many as 300 pothole patching crews may be working to make state roadways safer.

"Please be aware of crews on the roadway and give them room. The work they are performing is saving lives, saving taxpayers' money and costly repairs to their vehicles," Allmeroth said.

Motorists can report the location of potholes on state-maintained roads using the following tools:
Potholes form when temperatures warm up during the day, but continue to be cold at night. This is the main cause of potholes in highways and why they are prevalent during spring. The rain and snow from winter leave moisture that seeps into cracks and joints in the pavement. When temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands the pavement. This expansion causes the pavement to bulge and crack. When cars drive over the bulging pavement, it eventually causes chunks of pavement to pop out.

MoDOT spends approximately $15 million a year on pothole patching with the majority of that during the month of March.

The state of Missouri maintains 34,000 miles of road including interstates, U.S. and Missouri routes and lettered routes. Potholes on city streets or subdivisions should be directed to local cities or counties.
Take the challenge: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Join the 2,334 people (321 of whom represent businesses) who have joined the movement so far.

Click below to accept the challenge!

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Did You Know This?
Contractor compliance/DBE training symposium

MoDOT's External Civil Rights Division is hosting a contractor compliance/DBE training symposium on Tues., March 13 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Columbia's Hilton Garden Inn. 

The goal of this workshop is to strengthen equal employment opportunity of both MoDOT and Missouri businesses by encouraging the development of a diverse workforce. MoDOT is committed to ensuring a level playing field and obtaining increased participation in the transportation industry for minorities and women. 

This objective can only be met through the combined efforts of MoDOT personnel, contractors and large and small businesses located throughout Missouri.

For more information and to register click here - symposium.
Have You Seen This?
This day in transportation history

March 1, 1962 -  The California-based helicopter airline company Los Angeles Airways inaugurated the world's first commercial service using turbine-powered, multi-engine helicopters. The type of helicopter deployed for that service was the 28-passenger Sikorsky S-61.
Safer Roadways

Fatality update

Did you know... sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. If you are driving 55 mph, that would be the same as driving the length of an entire football field BLIND!   

Would you put a blind fold on and drive, no...PUT THE PHONE DOWN!  
Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State 
Highway Patrol  website 
as of Feb. 25, 2018:

2018 Totals as of 2-25-18 - 111
2017 Totals as of 2-25-17 - 114
2016 Totals as of 2-25-16 - 119
2015 Totals as of 2-25-15 - 102
2014 Totals as of 2-25-14 -   78
2013 Totals as of 2-25-13 -   86

Personal testimony

Click the image to watch a mother share her personal experience about her son who was involved in a car crash and not wearing a safety belt.
Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270