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It's construction season in Missouri
Motorists urged to drive safely and courteously as summer season begins
The grass is green and trees are in bloom, which means it's construction season in Missouri. All across the state throughout the spring and summer, MoDOT crews will be out restriping and repaving roads and also repairing and replacing bridges.
MoDOT advises motorists to plan ahead before traveling by checking out the department's online Traveler Information Map, which provides the latest road conditions, including closures, work zones and incidents. A mobile map app is also available for smartphone users. Motorists can also call MoDOT's 24/7 customer service toll free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).
MoDOT also urges motorists to pay attention to construction signs and always slow down in work zones. And as always, Buckle Up Phone Down! These simple actions can help everyone get home safely at the end of each day.
MoDOT receives Governor's award
On May 13, Gov. Parson recognized MoDOT with a 2020 Governor's Award for Quality and Productivity. MoDOT received the award for their Maintenance Management System - a web-based program that captures and reports data related to all maintenance activities. Learn more.
Public comment period open
Reminder: the draft 2022-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program that focuses on taking care of the state’s existing transportation system is open for public comment through June 4. The program is available on MoDOT's website. Learn more.
Today in transportation history
May 20, 1899 - The first known official speeding infraction in the U.S. involving a "horseless carriage" took place in New York City. Jacob German was driving an electric taxi when city policeman Josh Schuessler - riding a bicycle at the time - caught up with him. Photo by AASHTO.
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri State Highway Patrol website as of May 16, 2021
2021 totals - 300 / 2018 totals - 301
2020 totals - 287 / 2017 totals - 313
2019 totals - 265 / 2016 totals - 302
Take the challenge
When you get into any vehicle, buckle up your seat belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Join the 14,030 who have taken the pledge so far.