February 16, 2017
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Celebrating MoDOT engineers

Assistant to the Resident Engineer Lisa Stupps is the project engineer for the construction of the U.S. Route 69 bridge over the Missouri River in Kansas City.

Engineers Week is an annual event aimed at getting more young people interested and involved in engineering. The week of Feb.19-25 is a celebration of all types of engineers, highlighting all the ways in which they make a difference in the world around us.

For MoDOT, it's an opportunity to increase public outreach efforts and bring engineering to life through unique stories and profiles.

We thank our engineers for the contributions they make to Missouri's transportation system:

  • Approximately 620 MoDOT employees have an engineering degree.
  • The vast majority hold bachelor of science civil engineering degrees, but there are also geological, architectural and mechanical engineers at MoDOT.
  • About 250 have a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license.
  • Approximately 170 of MoDOT's engineers are women and more than 50 of them have a P.E.
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MoDOT projects recognized for engineering achievements

MoDOT was recently recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for several quality engineering achievements that were completed last year. These engineering excellence awards are presented annually after careful consideration from a panel of qualified judges.The projects are judged based on their design, how well the client's needs are met and the project's benefit to the public.

The I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge in St. Louis, Mo., one of the MoDOT projects receiving the Grand Conceptor & Grand Awards.
MoDOT's projects that were recognized include:

Grand Conceptor & Grand Awards
  • Beyond the Basics: the I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge in St. Louis
  • Bridging the Gateway: the I-44 Park over the Highway to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis
  • Columbia I-70 Bridges
Honor Awards
  • Historic Bridge Enhancements on Missouri Route 10 in Excelsior Springs 
  • I-49 & Peculiar Way Interchange, south of the Kansas City metro area
  • The I-70 Manchester Bridge Project in Kansas City
ACEC was established in 1909 with a small group of engineers in private practice. The organization has developed into a council of 5,000 firms representing over 500,000 employees nationwide. ACEC is responsible for more than $200 billion of private and public works each year with the ultimate goal of boosting the economy and enhancing America's quality of life.
Mobile apps that can help you stay safe

The U.S. Department of Transportation provides a list of several mobile apps available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association that can help you stay safe. 

SaferRide, for example, can help you find a safe ride home if you've had too much to drink. There are also apps on how to fly your drones safely and legally and apps on how to keep your car and its passengers safe. 

Visit their website to check them out - US DOT.
Safer Roadways
Have you taken the challenge?
MoDOT and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging Missouri businesses and private individuals to buckle up and put their phones down.

The Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign is tackling the two most impactful actions a driver can take to prevent crashes -- or survive if one occurs.

First, drivers can put their phones down when they slide behind the wheel. Next, people can buckle up each and every time they get in a vehicle.

The hope is to get private industry to openly support employee safety, either through internal safety campaigns or actually changing policy banning cellphone use in company vehicles and making safety belts mandatory. MoDOT has already taken both these steps throughout our organization with a mandatory safety belt policy, which has been in place for years and more recently banning all cellphone use, including voice, in vehicles and equipment.

Statistics show that these two policy changes could have an impact on both incidents and highway fatalities.

So click on the website and take the challenge - www.modot.org/BuckleUpPhoneDown, and display your business or agencies logo on the Wall of Fame to show your support.
 "Make a Difference" art contest d eadline nears  
Deadline for posters on importance of wearing a safety belt is Feb. 27
The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety's "Make a Difference" art contest deadline is Feb. 27. The contest is open to Missouri students ages 14-19 to create a poster to support the importance of wearing a safety belt.

The poster must have a strong call to action and encourage peers to buckle up. Among prizes awarded, contest winners will have their posters promoted in the March Teen Safety Belt statewide media campaign. To date, the coalition has received many great posters portraying safety belt usage in a variety of mediums.

Too many people are not getting the message. Plain and simple, safety belts save lives. It is your responsibility to buckle up, and to ensure that everyone in the vehicle with you has their safety belt on before you drive.

Wearing a safety belt is the most effective way to reduce injuries and fatalities in a crash. When worn correctly, safety belts can reduce the risk of death for front seat occupants in passenger cars by 45 percent.

For more information about the "Make a Difference" contest, visit Save MO Lives on Facebook, or log on to www.saveMOlives.com. Buckle Up and ARRIVE ALIVE.
Teens taking action to prevent traffic crashes

 TRACTION is a youth traffic safety leadership training program that is designed to empower youth to take an active role in promoting safe driving habits while preventing driver inattention, the use of alcohol and other drugs and the impaired driving that may accompany such use.

The program provides youth and their adult advisors with the motivation, information, skills and support necessary to develop a plan of action that addresses these unsafe driving habits. It also promotes safety belt usage through events and activities they implement within their schools and communities.

Approximately 100 students and 20 advisors will be selected to attend each of the training conferences. Over 15 high school and college students serve as facilitators for the school teams. The training is educational, high energy, and an opportunity to make a difference and save lives in Missouri. Conference dates are July 23 -25, 2017 in Cape Girardeau, and July 27-29, 2017 in Columbia.

Please make plans to be a part of this life saving effort by attending one of our summer conferences. You school can be a part of making a difference and saving lives! Click here for more information and to register - http://motraction.com.
Fatality update

Did you know... 
94 percent of all traffic crashes are the result of HUMAN error!    

Stay focused on safety out there!

Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website  as of Feb. 13, 2017:

2017 Totals as of 2-13-17 - 75
2016 Totals as of 2-13-16 - 95
2015 Totals as of 2-13-15 - 91
 2014 Totals as of 2-13-14 - 64 
2013 Totals as of 2-13-13 - 76
2012 Totals as of 2-13-12 - 82

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