May 14, 2015
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State Transportation Program Focuses on Fewer Projects, 
Taking Care of Roads and Bridges
Missouri's investment in its roads and bridges continues to shrink, and that means fewer projects to keep them in good condition.

As it does each year, MoDOT has released its draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for public review and comment. The STIP lists all transportation projects planned by state and regional agencies for a five-year period.

"This year, the draft STIP demonstrates the commitment MoDOT has made to projects that focus on primary routes and taking care of the existing highway system," said MoDOT Interim Director Roberta Broeker. "As the construction budget gets smaller each year, projects in the STIP must reflect only the most essential transportation needs."

The total number of projects in the STIP's five-year highway and bridge construction schedule is 574. That's a decrease of about 250 projects compared to last year's final STIP. The change comes as a result of a construction budget that drops from $596 million in 2016 to $325 million in 2017 and beyond.

Several years ago, the STIP contained over $1 billion of road and bridge construction projects each year, generating jobs, boosting the economy and expanding the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across the state and the country. With diminishing fuel tax revenues and the ever-increasing cost of materials, that scenario is out of reach. Read More.
Gov. Nixon Reiterates His Call from the State of the State to Address Challenges of Aging Transportation Infrastructure

At an aging highway bridge that was closed last week by MoDOT for emergency repairs, Gov. Jay Nixon encouraged state lawmakers to finish work on pending legislation to help provide revenue for maintaining Missouri's roads and bridges. The call reiterated remarks made during his State of the State address in January, when the Governor said Missouri must meet the challenges posed both by aging roads and bridges and by a stagnant source of revenue for needed maintenance.

 

"A strong transportation infrastructure is vital to Missouri's economy," said Gov. Nixon. "But as we see here at this closed bridge today, many of our most important roadways are in significant need of repair - resulting in more traffic, less safety, and fewer jobs. I thank members of the legislature for their work so far on this issue - now they just need to finish the job." 

 

To see a listing of all unplanned bridge closures in Missouri visit MoDOT's website - modot.org/Bridges.

Rate Our Work Zones
Spring is here and once again MoDOT is asking motorists to rate work zones throughout the busy construction and maintenance season.


MoDOT is looking for the public's opinion on a variety of work zone details - including clear and understandable signing, channelizers and barrels providing proper guidance, and whether or not the work zone caused motorists any delays.

The department uses those survey results to evaluate work zones, look for ways to improve them and meet customer expectations.

All motorists traveling through a work zone are encouraged to participate in the online survey - Rate Our Work Zones - not while driving though!
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Off The Road News
Amtrak Offers Discount in Honor of National Train Day 
Special Applies to Missouri River Runner
On May 9 Amtrak announced a 20 percent discount on travel to honor National Train Day. Discount offer for advance ticket purchases started May 9 for travel beginning on August 1, 2015.

The offer is exclusively available online at amtrak.com, using discount code H253. The discount applies to travel on Missouri's service, the Missouri River Runner, which offers twice daily service between Kansas City and St. Louis. 

A seven-day advance purchase is required. Some blackout dates and other restrictions apply. Terms and conditions and more information on ticketing are available at amtrak.com.

For more information on Amtrak Train Day events across the country, visit amtraktraindays.com.
Safer Roadways
Law Enforcement Buckling Down on Those Not Buckling Up - Click it or Ticket Day and Night
As summer heats up, so does safety belt enforcement. Law enforcement officers are cracking down on unbelted drivers May 18-31 for an aggressive national "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

Even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri's seat belt use remains relatively unchanged at 79 percent, and consistently below the national average of 87 percent.

Through this campaign the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety will remind Missourians to buckle up, day and night, through state and national advertisements.

"Sixty-three percent of Missouri vehicle occupant fatalities (drivers and passenger) since the first of the year were unbuckled," said Bill Whitfield, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "Seat belts clearly save lives. But unfortunately, too many folks still need a tough reminder, so law enforcement will be buckling down on those not buckling up."

Six out of 10 vehicle occupants killed in 2014 Missouri traffic crashes were unrestrained. Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to reduce injuries and fatalities in a crash because it provides protection from being ejected and keeps motorists from smashing into windshields, dashboards and other passengers. When worn correctly, seat belts can reduce the risk of death for front seat occupants of passenger cars by 45 percent.

"You are gambling with your life each time you drive without a safety belt," said Whitfield. "Wearing a safety belt can save your life."

Click here to watch a short video - Click it or Ticket.

For more information about Click It or Ticket, visit savemolives.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives. Arrive Alive.
Planting Season is Underway on Missouri Farms - MoDOT Cautions Motorists to Watch Out for Slow Moving Vehicles

It's planting time on Missouri farms and MoDOT wants to remind motorists to pay extra attention for farm equipment using and crossing state roadways.

Tractors, trucks and other farm equipment are slow moving and motorists may be surprised when they come up behind one on a Missouri highway.

Motorists are advised to slow down when approaching farm vehicles. Be patient as the farm vehicles travel to their field entrances. In passing zones, please wait until it is safe and pass at a safe distance and speed.

Missouri's 33,000 miles of state roadway pass alongside the fields of more than 100,000 farms throughout the state.
Have you Seen This?
2015 MoDOT Youth Transportation Conference
Students interested in engineering or other transportation-related careers now have the opportunity to join MODOT for six days of exciting transportation activities, including competitions and college campus visits.

Students are selected from across the state to experience transportation careers first hand. Students entering the 9th through 12th grade for the 2015-2016 school year are eligible.
 
The event is July 19 through 24 in Jefferson City. Students stay overnight at Lincoln University.

Applications are due by June 30, 2015. Visit the conference website for program details and applications - MoDOT Equal Opportunity Youth Camp.

Please submit application, essay and letters by mail or fax to:
MoDOT Youth Transportation Conference
Attn: Elizabeth Reed, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division
P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Email: Elizabeth.Reed@modot.mo.gov
Phone: 1-573-522-5333
Fax: 1-573-526-5918
Facebook: facebook.com/youthtransportationconference
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Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270