June 23, 2016
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Missouri moves cost share program to assist communities

MoDOT is seeking projects that could be funded through the new Missouri Moves Cost Share Program.

The Missouri Moves Cost Share Program provides financial assistance to public and private applicants for state and local projects satisfying a transportation need. MoDOT will fund this new program with a General Revenue appropriation from the General Assembly.

Eligible projects include roads, bridges and multimodal facilities. MoDOT will participate up to 50 percent of the total project cost.

Projects will be selected based on the following criteria:
  • Project Category: Safety, Preservation (Taking Care of the System) and System Expansion
  • State System project
  • Applicant's level of participation
  • Applicant's source of matching funds; and
  • Current project status (ready to advertise for construction bids, design plans in place, etc.)
Missouri Moves Cost Share Program guidelines, application and rating matrix are available on MoDOT's website at www.modot.org/missourimoves. Applications are due July 29, 2016.


Move Over. It's
the Law!
The Move Over law protects law enforcement and emergency response vehicles parked on the side of the road. Since 2012, the law includes MoDOT vehicles parked with amber and white flashing lights.

The law is simple. If you see a flashing light on the side of the road, move over to keep everyone safe. If you can't move over on a crowded highway, you should slow down as you pass them.
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Have you Seen This?
Civil Rights Director Lester Woods shares his insights on connecting the dots between opportunity and community in American DBE Magazine.
Magazine spotlights MoDOT Civil Rights Director 

MoDOT Civil Rights Director Lester Woods was recently interviewed by American DBE Magazine for its DBE Program Spotlight section. Below is an excerpt of the article and a link to the full online interview.

MoDOT DBE Program
MoDOT ECR Connects the Dots Between Opportunity and Community

MoDOT Civil Rights (ECR) Director Lester Woods understand his division's role in connecting the many "dots" representing the different stakeholders in MoDOT's programs and projects. The dots Woods refers to represent all of the groups that must come together for MoDOT initiatives to be successful, including MoDOT internal staff, prime contractors, small business, federal regulators and the area which often gets overlooked - the community. However, Woods has made creating strong community partnerships a key component of how he leads MoDOT's external civil rights program.

Read the full interview here (begins on page 31) - MoDOT DBE Program.

Note: American DBE Magazine is published quarterly and distributed in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Transportation, It's Personal
Great Rivers Greenway District Executive Director Susan Trautman's personal story

Transportation is more than just roads and bridges. Click on the image to take a look at how funding concerns can impact trails, pedestrian walkways and access to transit in the Great Rivers Greenway District.
View From the Chair
A final view
by Missouri Highways and Transportation Commissioner Stephen Miller

Seven years ago, Governor Jay Nixon appointed me to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. It has been a wonderful experience. I will be forever grateful to the Governor (and to the Senate who confirmed me) for the opportunity to work with such a talented group of commissioners and MoDOT professionals in service to my fellow Missourians. Originally appointed to fill a vacated term expiring March 1, 2011, I have now served more than five years past that date, and a year past the usual six-year term. Over that time, I have worked with five different directors. At our June 8th meeting in my hometown of Kansas City, I announced my intention to step aside from the Commission effective July 1, 2016.

In every endeavor in life, there is an appropriate season. It is never easy to step away from something one enjoys greatly; but there is also a danger of staying too long. The culture of the Commission is to rotate leadership each March and to give each Commissioner an opportunity to leave his or her own stamp on the organization. I had the unusual chance to serve two consecutive terms as chair (ending this March) and during that time, to work with three different directors, to initiate this column, to spearhead three transportation funding efforts, to launch the Road to Tomorrow initiative, to lead a national search for a new director and to sound the call for the formation of a transportation federation to support transportation interests in the state.

Read more here - A final view.
Did You Know This?
National pollinator week

June 20 through 26 is national pollinator week. Pollinators, like bees and butterflies, are responsible for pollinating over 75 percent of our flowering plants and nearly 75 percent of our crops.
Pollinators need your help! 

There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline.  However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance.

1) Plant a pollinator garden
2) Provide nesting sites
3) Avoid or limit pesticide use

If you are interested in learning more, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's website -  Pollinators.
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