June 22, 2017
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MoDOT director attends transportation event in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speak on infrastructure at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters June 9.
The White House issued additional information about what it wants to see in a new infrastructure investment package, as President Donald Trump, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and other officials took part in a weeklong series of events focused on this major domestic policy goal. 

MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna, along with several other state transportation directors, attended the event to give their viewpoints to help define President Trump's transportation agenda.



Excerpt from the June 9 edition of AASHTO Journal. To read the entire article click here - http://news.transportation.org/Pages/061917infrapush.aspx.
MoDOT's bike-ped program plans for all road users

MoDOT works with planning partners to create transportation facilities that work for all users because we value bicycle and pedestrian travel.

Accommodating for bicyclists or pedestrians may be as simple as providing a well-designed road that has room for all road users to share or as complex as a separate-grade structure, such as on a bridge.

Developing appropriate facility design for non-motorists depends on a variety of geometric and operational factors that are inter-related, such as available right-of-way, projected traffic counts and adjacent roadway design speeds.

We strive to integrate non-motorized travel into the existing system to provide connections where none exist to promote efficiency and to focus on a primary concern-the safety of those who depend on walking or bicycling to reach their destinations.

Click to read more on MoDOT's Bike-Ped Program.
Join the Movement!
Take the pledge: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down.  Join the 527 people (112) of which represent business) who have taken the pledge so far. 

Click below to accept the challenge!

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Did You Know This?
National pollinator Week

June 19 through 25 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 
Did you know that Missouri is part of the Monarch Highway for monarch butterfly migration from Mexico to Canada? MoDOT has a role in the protection of pollinators because our roadsides provide habitat for not only monarchs traveling through Missouri, but other species of pollinators as well. MoDOT is also part of the "Missourians for Monarchs group." You can visit the group's Facebook page here - Missourians for Monarchs

If you are interested in learning more, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's website - Pollinators.
Have You Seen This?
Missouri's rest areas and welcome centers



Planning on traveling down one of Missouri's interstates this summer? Check this website before you go - Rest Areas, Welcome Centers and Truck Parking.


On the website, click on any of the locations designated on the interactive map for more information about that facility.

Missouri maintains eight Welcome Center's, 14 Rest Areas, and 23 Truck-Only Parking sites across the state. Located on seven different Interstates, the facilities feature a variety of easy-to-access amenities to serve travelers.

Take our Rest Area Report Card Survey and let us know how we're doing!
Safety
Fatality update

Did you know...
 
According to a USDOT report, more than 94 percent of rail crossing incidents are caused by risky driver behavior.  Since 2005, 70 people died in highway/rail crossing crashes in Missouri.   

Remember: Stop. Trains Can't.
Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website  as of June 18, 2017:

      2017 Totals as of 6-18-17 - 376
      2016 Totals as of 6-18-16 - 388
      2015 Totals as of 6-18-15 - 345
      2014 Totals as of 6-18-14 - 318
      2013 Totals as of 6-18-13 - 306
      2012 Totals as of 6-18-12 - 377

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