September 27, 2018
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Planning meetings set to discuss future transportation priorities

In October, meetings will be held with planning partners in each of MoDOT's seven districts for a general discussion on the current condition of the state transportation system, how MoDOT currently spends its resources to take care of transportation assets that would cost an estimated $125 billion to replace, and how additional funding resulting from Proposition D could best be used to consider regional priorities, if voters approve the measure in November.

These meetings will lay the groundwork for the development of the next Statewide Transportation Improvement program that will set MoDOT's construction commitments for 2020-2024 and which will be presented in draft form to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in May 2019.

"We expect these to be robust conversations about road and bridge priorities and how we can all work together to incorporate potential new resources into our plan of action for the future of transportation in Missouri," MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna said.

MoDOT's planning process, which has been recognized nationally, brings local officials, metropolitan planning organizations and regional planning commissions together to determine transportation needs at the local level. They are then prioritized based on projected available funding levels.

The meetings are open to the public.
  • Oct. 4 - St. Louis, Maryland Heights Community Center, 8 a.m.
  • Oct. 9 - Jefferson City, McClung Park Indoor Pavilion, 12:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 10 - St. Joseph, Remington Nature Center, 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 17 - Springfield, Missouri Career Center, 9 a.m.
  • Oct. 18 - Shelbina, Hawkins Theater, 9 a.m.
  • Oct. 25 - Poplar Bluff, Holiday Inn Poplar Bluff, 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 30 - Kansas City, Mid-America Regional Council, 9 a.m.
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MoDOT's McKenna is new AASHTO Vice President
New AASHTO President Says Workforce and Funding Issues Top His Priority List

MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna has been named vice president of the American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials.
This week, the board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials elected Carlos Braceras P.E., executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, to serve as its new president and Missouri DOT Director Patrick McKenna as its vice president.

"I'm honored and inspired to accept the role of AASHTO president during this inflection point in transportation history," said Braceras. "State DOTs are facing new challenges on several fronts. As technology develops rapidly, we as owners need to adapt proactively to operate safer, more effective transportation systems. Attracting and keeping a highly-skilled workforce is critical. It's also imperative that we find ways to educate lawmakers and members of the general public about the irrefutable connection between long-term investment and safer, smarter, and more reliable transportation systems."

McKenna, who is also president of the Mid America Association of Transportation Officials for 2017-2018, is a member of the executive committee for the National Academy of Science's Transportation Research Board. He received a bachelor of science degree in finance from Bentley College and a master of science in management and finance from the University of Maryland University College. Read More.

AASHTO represents State Departments of Transportation in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association serving as a catalyst for excellence in transportation. On Twitter:
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Thinking of drinking and driving? A half taxi, half police car drives home that there is a choice
From the Kansas City Star's website - Credits: Jill Toyoshiba and Robert A. Cronkleton

Hoping to reduce drunk driver deaths and injuries, a half police car, half taxi cab was on display at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in Lee's Summit Wednesday to remind drivers they have a choice of rides when it comes to drinking and driving.

Read more here: There's a choice.
Sikeston High School seniors accept Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge 

Sikeston High School recently accepted the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge.
Sikeston High School seniors recently accepted the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge and are now asking other Southeast Missouri schools to do the same.  

In the school's public service announcement, students from various sports and clubs shared statistics associated with the dangers of not buckling up and texting while driving. 

Students pledged to give these driving dangers the "one-two punch," and challenged other local high schools including Charleston, Notre Dame, Kennett, Farmington, Jackson, New Madrid, Cape Central and Poplar Bluff to join them in making this commitment. 

Rail Safety Week reminds Missourians to See Tracks, Think Train

For most of us, buckling up and putting the phone down when driving or staying on the sidewalk while we're out for a stroll are automatic safety habits. But did you know there is another real - and potentially life-threatening - hazard to drivers and pedestrians? It's the danger we don't often consider: driving or walking near train tracks.

Federal government statistics show that, about every three hours in the U.S., a vehicle or person is hit by a train. To raise awareness of the need for caution near tracks and trains, this year's National Rail Safety Week will take place Sept. 23-29. The theme of Rail Safety Week is "Stop Track Tragedies."

"Collisions between vehicles or pedestrians and trains are preventable," said Missouri Operation Lifesaver Executive Director Tim Hull. "Missouri law enforcement agencies and railroad special agents will be out monitoring railroad crossings during Missouri Rail Safety Week. We are hoping to change the public's mindset regarding rail safety. Rail Safety Week is a great opportunity to get our message out there!"

Remember, making the right decisions near railroad tracks can truly be the difference between life and death, today - and every day. Keep yourself, family and friends safe by following Operation Lifesaver's top five rail safety tips:
  • Look and listen for a train as you approach all railroad crossings - obey all signs, warning lights and gates.
  • Trains are quieter and faster than you think - never try to beat a train.
  • Because of their size and weight, it can take a mile or more to stop a train.
  • Always expect a train on any track and avoid distractions when you approach a crossing.
  • Railroad property is private property. Walking on the tracks not at a designated crossing is illegal and dangerous.
Missouri Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade intersections and on railroad rights of way through public education, engineering and enforcement. To learn more about Missouri Operation Lifesaver, please visit .
Child passenger safety - safety counts

 Do you know if your child is in the right safety seat? While they may be old enough, they still may not weigh enough, or be tall enough to buckle up and skip the booster or car seat. 

National Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 23-29. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to ensure all caregivers of young children know the importance of buckling children in an appropriate child restraint. Motorists can also expect increased enforcement of Missouri's child seat safety laws during this campaign.

In 2017, 12 children less than eight years of age were killed and 43 suffered injuries as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in Missouri. Thirty-one percent of the children killed were not restrained in a car seat or safety belt.

Missouri law requires all children under 8 to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat, unless: 
  • They are at least 80 pounds
  • They are at least 4'9" tall
  • While Missouri law only requires one of them, safety encourages all of them.
"All parents and caregivers need to understand the importance of booster seats. It's not just about following the law - booster seats help prevent serious injury and may even save your child's life," said Jon Nelson, chair of the executive committee for the coalition. Read more. Watch a video.
Fatality update

Did you know...  Cell phones contributed to 2,470 crashes in Missouri in 2016. This is an 11 percent increase over the previous year. Buckle Up Phone Down!

Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of Sept. 23, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 9-23-18 - 673
2017 Totals as of 9-23-17 - 657
2016 Totals as of 9-23-16 - 676
2015 Totals as of 9-23-15 - 606
2014 Totals as of 9-23-14 - 536
2013 Totals as of 9-23-13 - 547
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T his day in transportation history

September 27, 1899 - Aviation Pioneer Dean Cullom Smith was born in Cove, Oregon. At the age of 17, he became the youngest flight instructor in the history of the U.S. Army. In addition, he served as a lead pilot for the U.S. Post Office Department's airmail service and was the first pilot to transport mail at night. Photo from Wikipedia.
MoDOT Day of Remembrance 

On Sept. 21, MoDOT held its annual Day of Remembrance ceremony, when we  pause to remember our 134 our fallen co-workers. A short video can be viewed here - Day of Remembrance.

Please remember to pay attention in work zones so everyone can go home safe at the end of each day.

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