April 13, 2017
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Bash trash with MDC and MoDOT's annual trash bash

Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state's annual No MOre Trash! Bash April 15 to May 15, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and MoDOT. This year's No MOre Trash! Bash marks the 15th year for the anti-litter campaign and the 30th anniversary of MoDOT's Adopt-A-Highway program.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT alone spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer trash pickup efforts, including the trash bash and Adopt-A-Highway program, are valued at $1 million.

Last year, more than 50,400 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one month No MOre Trash! Bash. People also attended numerous educational events stressing the importance of not littering. Volunteers participated through Adopt-A-Highway and Stream Team litter cleanup events. Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 581 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated over $1.8 million worth of volunteer time to litter removal statewide annually.

"Litter is a big problem because it's unattractive, costly and harmful to the environment," said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator. "For the past 30 years, MoDOT has encouraged volunteers to adopt a highway and help keep Missouri clean. Many of Missouri's more than 5,200 Adopt- A-Highway groups participate in the annual trash bash, and we thank them for their participation."

Littering isn't just ugly; it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.

"Birds, fish, turtles and other animals get tangled in litter, such as plastic six-pack holders and fishing line, and it can kill them," said Conservation Department No MOre Trash! Coordinator Joe Jerek. "Litter poisons fish, birds and other wildlife and can cost a litterer up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail."

MDC and MoDOT encourage all Missourians to properly dispose of litter including recycling it. Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities during the next four weeks. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit www.nomoretrash.org, or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).
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Have You Seen This?
MoDOT begins review of administrative rules,  seeks public 'e-comments'

In accordance with Gov. Eric Greitens' executive order issued in January, MoDOT has launched a comprehensive review of the more than 200 administrative rules it administers.

An important element of the review is public input. MoDOT began a 60-day "E-Comment" period on April 6. Missourians can review the specific rules and offer comment by visiting www.modot.org/AdminRules The public comment period will close on June 5. Comments can also be faxed to 573-526-4859 or mailed to MoDOT at P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102-0270.

Persons without access to a computer may visit MoDOT's district offices in St. Joseph, Hannibal, Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Springfield and Sikeston, or the general headquarters in Jefferson City. Most public libraries also offer computer access. All MoDOT facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. MoDOT has been utilizing electronic public meetings since 2008 to maximize public ease and participation in the decision-making process.

Assistant Chief Engineer Kathy Harvey is directing the review with assistance from MoDOT division heads who are responsible for each category of regulations. "Our charge is to identify regulations that are ineffective, unnecessary or unduly burdensome," she said. "Comments from stakeholders and the public are essential to this effort."

Read more here - Administrative Rules.

For more information or assistance in submitting a comment, interested persons can call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).
Did You Know This?
  Other transportation services
 

MoDO T's mission includes responsibility for other modes of transportation such as rail, river, air and public transportation. In these areas,  most of MoDOT's funding comes from federal sources or from state funds that must be appropriated by the Legislature because the State  Road Fund revenues are constitutionally required to be spent on roads and bridges.
  • Aviation - Missouri has 123 public-use airports and 35 business-capable airports
  • Railroads - Missouri has 4,822 miles of mainline railroad track. Kansas City and St. Louis are the nation's second- and third-largest freight rail hubs. Missouri has the 10th largest rail network with the 4th most tonnage carried.
  • Waterways - Missouri has 1,050 miles of navigable rivers and 14 public river ports, including St. Louis that is the 3rd largest inland port in the U.S.
  • Public Transit - Some 63 million public transit trips are made by Missourians per year. Some form of public transportation exists in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.
  • Freight Development - Missouri is ideally suited to become a national freight leader due to its extensive transportation network and central U.S. location. Trucks, planes, barges and trains in Missouri move 1.1 billion tons of freight each year valued at $1.2 trillion.
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian - MoDOT has approximately 600 miles of shared-use paths on the state system, and works with planning partners to create transportation facilities that accommodate non-motorized travel.
  • Motor Carrier Services - Motor Carrier Services helps commercial motor carriers get the information, credentials and permits they need to conduct business in Missouri. MCS also enforces safety and economic regulations, making the highway a more fair and safe workplace.
See more MoDOT facts here - Meet MoDOT
Fatality Update



Did you know...
between 2012-2014, nearly 20 percent of fatalities involved in a crash where a driver age 65 and older was driving.  



Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website  as of April 9, 2017:

        2017 Totals as of 4-9-17 - 215
        2016 Totals as of 4-9-16 - 235
        2015 Totals as of 4-9-15 - 179
        2014 Totals as of 4-9-14 - 156
        2013 Totals as of 4-9-13 - 156
        2012 Totals as of 4-9-12 - 216

 


Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270