September 14, 2017
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MoDOT launches statewide survey for Long Range Transportation Plan

MoDOT has launched a statewide survey to solicit public input about the vision for the state's transportation priorities. The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a federally required process that sets the state's 25-year vision for transportation.

"Our long range planning process is a critical time for our department to assess the needs of our system and hear directly from our customers - the citizens of Missouri - to ensure our priorities match the needs of our people," said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. "As we work to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, the LRTP gives us the ability to review public and stakeholder input and address those customer needs."

Missouri's current plan was approved in February 2014, but new federal laws and regulations require additional content, including system performance metrics and targets. As MoDOT updates its LRTP, the department will review the goals established in 2014, including preservation, safety, economic development, and connections and choices. In addition, this year's plan will be the first time Missouri examines how to prepare for autonomous and connected vehicles.

MoDOT is gathering public input for the plan through an online survey tool. The survey - which takes approximately 10 minutes to complete - was developed as a simple way for all Missourians to weigh in. The survey is available starting today and will remain open through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Interested citizens can take the survey by visiting https://modotlrtp.metroquest.com/ on a computer, smartphone or tablet. MoDOT encourages those who need access to a computer to visit their local public library or MoDOT District Office. MoDOT District Offices will also have paper copies of the survey available.

Missouri has the nation's seventh largest state highway system, with 33,856 miles of roadways and 10,403 bridges. Balancing the preservation and maintenance of the current system with new demands and infrastructure priorities requires strategic decision-making that can only be accomplished with insights from the public and stakeholders. The public-input process is critical to MoDOT's planning process.

The final plan will be available for public comment in the spring and will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for review and consideration for approval at its May 2018 meeting.

Additional questions about the survey and the long range planning process can be addressed by calling customer service centers at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or by mail to Transportation Planning, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
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Missouri crews heading to Florida to help with clean up

MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna and Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger give well wishes in sending MoDOT's crew of 55 employees from across Missouri heading to Florida. The crews will assist in clearing roads.

More than 50 MoDOT employees and 18 Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Missouri State Parks employees from throughout the state are heading to Florida this week to help with clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The state of Florida requested assistance from other states over the weekend.

The Missouri crews deployed from Sikeston Tuesday morning heading to Tallahassee, Florida, to receive their work orders. They are taking a variety of equipment with them, such as loaders, road tractors, backhoes, chainsaws and trucks. Their primary responsibility will be debris removal from roadways. The crews are prepared to be out of state for up to two weeks.

In addition, the Missouri State Parks teams will work in some of Florida's state parks, cleaning up fallen trees and other debris left by the Category-4 storm. According to preliminary reports, 168 of the state's 174 state parks have been closed due to storm damage. Two Missouri State Park Rangers will provide asset security during the deployment.

"I'm so proud of the outpouring of volunteers for this mission. However, I am not surprised," said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. "We have great employees who continue to step up and show true dedication to serving others."

"Our Missouri State Park staff are trained to handle natural disasters cleanups and were quick to volunteer and help in any way they could," said MoDNR Director Carol S. Comer. "I wish the crew safe travels and can't thank them enough for generously giving their time to those in need."

As the remnants of the hurricane continue to move into other states, Missouri will stay at the ready to assist with other emergency requests as needed.
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Get ready to accept the challenge
Buckle Up / Phone Down day planned

Calendars are marked and the countdown is on for you to stand up and join the movement for improved roadway safety. MoDOT and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging you and those you know at home, work, school, or in your community to buckle up and put your phone down.                          

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, is slated as "Buckle Up/Phone Down Day". The challenge is simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Turn it off if you have to. No texting and no talking unless hands free. By buckling up and putting your phone down - even for one day - you will be doing your part to make Missouri's roads safer. Let's save lives and turn this day into a week, a month, and eventually every trip, every time. 

Click above to watch a short video about accepting the Buckle Up/Phone Down Challenge.
"We're experiencing a high number of fatalities again this year," said MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood.  "The simple tasks of buckling everyone in the vehicle and choosing not to use your phone while driving can help save your life, the lives of your passengers, and occupants of other vehicles."

Texting increases the risk of car crashes by fifty percent. Sixty-seven percent of this year's fatalities involved unbuckled drivers or passengers that may have survived if they were only properly restrained. The loss of one life is too many.|

Join the movement and stand up and be counted on Buckle Up/Phone Down Challenge Day Friday, Oct. 20. 

Take the challenge here - Buckle Up/Phone Down.

Child passenger safety - safety counts
Statewide campaign urges proper safety restraints for children

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. 17-23. 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.

Click above to watch a short video on Missouri's requirements for child passenger safety seats.
In 2016, 18 children less than eight years of age were killed and 47 suffered injuries as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in Missouri. Twenty-nine percent of the children killed were not restrained in a car seat or safety belt.

Missouri law requires all children under eight 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 Bill Whitfield, chair of the executive committee for the coalition.

Serious injuries can result from improperly fitted safety belts, particularly for children ages four through seven who are secured only in a regular safety belt during a crash. These injuries are commonly known as "seat belt syndrome", which are often life-threatening or disabling injuries. Booster seats help prevent this syndrome from occurring by raising the child up so the lap and shoulder belt fits them properly.

Child safety seat technicians will provide education and car seat inspections at locations across the state during this campaign, and throughout the year. A list of car seat inspection stations and locations across the state can be found at seatcheck.org. Appointments may be necessary.

"We are urging everyone to get their child safety seats inspected," said Whitfield. "When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes."

For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week, visit saveMOlives.com. You can also follow on social media at Save MO Lives.
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Missouri River Runner fall discounts

A cornucopia of fun events awaits you this fall in Missouri! From football and baseball games to great fall festivals, get there for less as Amtrak extends its midweek travel discounts in Missouri.

Book now at Amtrak.com/Deals and continue to save 25 percent when you travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays on the Missouri River Runner now through Oct. 31, 2017.
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Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270