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Heat wave could cause bumpy roads
MoDOT is urging motorists to watch out for summer blow-ups on area roads. Though not as dramatic as the name would imply, pavement “blow-ups” are the summer’s version of potholes and can lead to a surprise bump or two in the road.

Despite the term, the pavement doesn’t actually explode. Pavement blow-ups are fractures that occur when the road surface expands at a crack or joint where moisture has seeped in. That crack weakens the pavement, and the high summer temperature causes the pavement to buckle, creating holes in the surface.

You can report pavement blow-ups at 1-888-ASK-MODOT. But remember, never make a cellphone call from behind the wheel. Read more.

Buckle up phone down.
Watch out for work zones
MoDOT urges drivers to use caution in and around work zones. So far this year, motorists have struck 33 work zone buffer trucks. Slow down, pay attention and never drive distracted. Remember - work zone safety is in your hands. Buckle up phone down. Watch video.
Rate our work zones
MoDOT is looking for the public's opinion on a variety of work zone details. The department uses the surveys to evaluate work zones, look for ways to improve them and meet customer expectations. Participate in the online survey -  rate 0ur work zones - not while driving, though!
Missouri receives safety grant
For the sixth consecutive year, the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility are awarding grants to help states, including Missouri, keep Americans safe from the most dangerous impaired drivers. Read more.
This day in transportation history
July 16, 1898 - The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad was established. This railroad, which served the southeastern United States, played a pivotal role in Florida’s economic growth during the first half of the 20th century. In 1967, the railroad merged with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Photo from Wikipedia.
Look before you lock
Most parents who leave their children behind in a locked vehicle simply forgot. In most of these tragedies, parents became distracted by work issues or other parts of their daily routine. There are important safety tips to help keep these tragedies from occurring. Read more.

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 13,239 who have taken the pledge so far.
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