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Be ready for winter weather
With the new year comes winter weather and the months that traditionally bring the most snow to Missouri.
In an average season, our trucks will cover more than five million miles during winter operations. That’s the equivalent of circling the earth more than 200 times.
Our goal is to keep all who travel Missouri roads as safe as possible no matter what mother nature sends our way.
In addition to finding winter road conditions on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, visitors to
modot.org can find information on plowing priorities, sharing the road with snow plows, equipping your vehicle for winter travel and much more.
It's good to be first
The first project in Gov. Mike Parson’s Focus on Bridges Program has opened in southeast Missouri. The new Route 72 bridge over Stouts Creek in Iron County opened to one lane of traffic just six months after the program was announced. The bridge is expected to be completed this spring.
As bridges are replaced, MoDOT recycles as much steel and reinforcing bars as possible. Four major bridge projects accounted for the recycling of 23,400 tons of steel. Those projects also used more than 200,000 tons of recycled concrete in stabilizing embankments and stream beds. Read more about
MoDOT’s recycling program.
Drive sober in the new year
If your New Year's celebrations continue through the weekend, remember that if you feel different, you drive different. If you’re impaired, don’t drive. Designate a driver, call a taxi or ride share. Law enforcement is always on the lookout for impaired drivers. Remember to drive sober, put your phone down and buckle up.
This day in transportation history
Jan 2, 1882 - In Philadelphia, the first major wire-cable suspension bridge in the United States was opened. The 358-foot-long bridge carried traffic over the Schuylkill River below Fairmount Dam. This bridge was designed and built by civil engineer Charles Ellet, Jr.
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri
State Highway Patrol website as of Dec. 29, 2019
2019 totals - 862 / 2016 totals - 943
2018 totals - 914 / 2015 totals - 869
2017 totals - 926 / 2014 totals - 761
Take the challenge
When you get into any vehicle, buckle up your seat belt. If you are a driver, put the cell phone down. Join the 12,120 who have taken the pledge so far.