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Missouri receives grant to build new Rocheport Bridge  
Good news for Missouri’s infrastructure: the state will receive $81.2 million for two projects on Interstate 70. Earlier this month, the state was awarded an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to build a new bridge over the Missouri River at Rocheport and construct climbing lanes at Mineola Hill in Montgomery County. 

Receipt of that grant triggers $301 million in state bonding to repair or replace another 215 bridges across the state. The bonds were authorized by the Missouri General Assembly during the 2019 session and will be repaid out of state general revenue over a seven-year period. It will also free up $301 million that was already committed to these bridge projects in the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to enable other high-priority transportation needs across the state. Read more.
Hire a Veteran Day
Approximately 150 veterans - including four MoDOT employees - turned out last Thursday to support veterans in the workplace. Gov. Mike Parson formally recognized July 25th as “Hire a Veteran Day in Missouri.” This was the first time the ceremony was held in Missouri. Read more.
Traffic impacts to U.S. Route 65 in Springfield
If you regularly use U.S. Route 65 in southeast Springfield, you might want to consider another route. Sections of the route will be closed from Aug. 4-Sept. 20 to allow workers to replace the 1970s-era concrete pavement. All lanes will be open over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Project.
Respect the load. Share the road.
That’s the message you’ll be seeing across Missouri Aug. 5-31 in a statewide campaign urging drivers to drive safely around big rigs. In turn, commercial motor vehicle drivers will be reminded to obey traffic laws, use their seat belts, slow down and pay attention. There were 146 people killed in crashes involving a CMV in 2018. Read more.
MoDOT now offering apprenticeship program
Individuals looking for a career in maintenance with MoDOT can now take advantage of an apprenticeship program that provides maintenance employees with on-the-job training combined with related classroom instruction, all while earning a paycheck. The program is also available to current MoDOT employees. Read more.
This day in transportation history
Aug. 1, 1911 - Harriet Quimby was awarded an aviator’s certificate by the Aero Club of America. This made her the first woman to earn a pilot’s license in the United States. Although Quimby lived only to the age of 37, she influenced the role of women in aviation. Photo from Wikipedia.

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 8,284 and 459 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

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