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Gov. Parson assesses storm damage
MoDOT Jefferson City Maintenance Supervisor Kyle Fischer was part of the group assisting Gov. Mike Parson as he toured tornado damage in the Jefferson City area early this morning. Fischer’s maintenance crew, along with numerous other MoDOT responders throughout the state, were busy clearing state roadways of storm debris and assisting local officials with recovery efforts. MoDOT staff has and will continue to monitor flooding throughout the state and respond accordingly in the coming days.  See tips for staying safe when traveling . Photo courtesy of the Governor's office.
Legislative session brings progress
Missouri legislators passed several key transportation bills this session, which ended May 17. The state budget includes $50 million to repair or replace 45 bridges, as well as $50 million for an economic development cost-share program. The legislature also approved a resolution that will allow MoDOT to bond $301 million to repair or replace 215 bridges, should the department receive collateral funding in the form of a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant.

House Bill 499 allows for revocation of a driver’s license if the driver strikes a highway worker or emergency responder in a work zone. 
Session also brings disappointment
Amid this progress, lawmakers also voted to repeal the state’s motorcycle helmet law. “This is a move in the wrong direction for public safety and we hope the repeal does not become law,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “MoDOT, along with our highway safety partners, has vigorously opposed helmet repeal legislation since the early 2000s on the grounds helmets are proven to save lives. Missourians should expect to see both motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries rise with the passage of this bill.”
Watch out for summer work zones 
You won't have to deal with road construction crews during this holiday weekend, but drivers should still be careful when traveling. Eight people died and 124 others were injured in traffic crashes over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend. Read more , including a list of work zones.
Buckle up - every trip - every time
Longer days and warmer weather mean summer fun. As you gear up for a weekend excursion, or maybe a road trip, make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up for every trip. "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign runs May 20-June 2. Read more.
Emergency repairs
To help repair roads damaged by widespread flooding in the state, $2 million in funds have been released by the Federal Highway Administration. The initial “quick-release” payment is considered a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs. Read more.
MoDOT to close I-44 near I-270 in St. Louis
Drivers who use I-44 for weekend travel will want to consider alternate routes May 31–June 3, as MoDOT will close the interstate to remove the westbound Watson Road bridge over I-44. The closure will start around 7 p.m. Read more.
This day in transportation history
May 23, 1820 - James Buchanan Eads, an inventor and civil engineer, was born in Indiana. His greatest achievement was a road and railway bridge spanning the Mississippi River and connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois. The structure is now called the Eads Bridge.
Fatality update
Did you know… Since Jan. 1, 61% of Missouri fatalities have been unbuckled. Missouri’s safety belt use remains consistently below the national average. Too many people are unnecessarily putting their lives at an increased risk. Plain and simple, safety belts save lives. Please buckle up and ensure everyone in the vehicle with you has their safety belt on before you drive.
Statewide Fatality Totals  
as reported on the  
Missouri State Highway Patrol  
website as of May 19,2019:  

2019 Totals as of 5-19-19 - 262
2018 Totals as of 5-19-18 - 309
2017 Totals as of 5-19-17 - 319
2016 Totals as of 5-19-16 - 206
2015 Totals as of 5-19-15 - 282
2014 Totals as of 5-19-14 - 256

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 7,202 individuals and 454 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

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