August 31, 2017
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Majority of work zones stopped over Labor Day weekend
I-44/I-55 closed in downtown St Louis late Friday through early Sunday

The majority of construction work on state routes in Missouri will stop starting Friday, Sept. 1 at noon for the Labor Day holiday weekend. However, late Friday night into Saturday morning, one active work zone will close the westbound/southbound direction of Interstate 44 and Interstate 55 in downtown St. Louis including the ramp from the Mississippi River Bridge to I- 44/I-55 coming into Missouri. There are also many locations across the state where work zones have permanent lane closures and barriers will remain in place this weekend. Construction work across Missouri will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. For the locations of all state work zones, please check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.  

Travelers should avoid downtown St.  Louis between 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 through noon Saturday, Sept. 2. All lanes of westbound I-44 will be closed from the Interstate 70 Stan Musial Mississippi River Bridge through downtown to the I-44/I-55 interchange. 

The ramp from the westbound I-64/I-55 Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River to southbound I-44/I-55 will also be closed during this same time. Crews are removing barrier wall and re-striping the highway to reopen all lanes that have been closed due to ongoing construction work. Once the lanes reopen at noon Sept. 2, there will not be any other work in this area until Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The Route 65 full closure in Springfield has reopened. Motorists headed to Branson for the holiday weekend will be able to use both directions of Route 65 now that the pavement repairs are complete.

To check for work zones with permanent lane closure on your travel path, please check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map located at www.modot.org. The map is available as a free app for iPhone and Android phones. The map also displays current traffic speed conditions and live camera views.

Motorists should pay attention to all signing, follow the posted speed limits, and take turns merging every other car, like a zipper, where lanes are closed. Always wear safety belts and be alert for slowed traffic, narrowed lanes or a reduced number of lanes. Many of these work zones may cause congestion and traffic delays especially during the peak travel times including Friday evening and Monday afternoon.

Motorists can also call MoDOT's 24/7 customer service toll free at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).
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Did You Know This?
Public invited to break ground for the new Champ Clark Bridge
Ceremony will be held in Louisiana

The public is invited to celebrate the beginning of construction on a new Champ Clark Bridge.  A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, Sept. 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the riverfront in Louisiana.

Above is a rendering of what the new Champ Clark Bridge will look like when completed in the fall of 2019.
Several dignitaries are expected to attend the ceremony to either speak or help break ground. Incorporated into the ceremony is participation from both Missouri and Illinois, as well as local talent. "We are pleased to bring together so many people and organizations who have helped make this project a reality," said Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough.  "It will truly be a memorable occasion for all in the region," she continued.

The new bridge will be built just south of the existing bridge. The existing bridge will stay open while the new bridge is being constructed, barring any significant safety or maintenance issues. Included in the bridge project is a redesign of the U.S. Route 54 and MO Route 79 intersection. That work will begin next month, with the actual bridge work to begin later this year.

The new bridge is expected to be open in fall 2019.
 
The Champ Clark Bridge, built in 1928, is part of the U.S. Route 54 corridor and spans the Mississippi River connecting Louisiana, Missouri with the state of Illinois.

MoDOT will provide regular updates about the project, including progress, photos and video, at   www.champclarkbridge.com . On the website, individuals can sign up to receive email updates about the project.
MoDOT upgrading external website - requesting public input

Over the next few months, MoDOT will be upgrading its external website to better serve the citizens of Missouri.

Moving the external site to a new platform will solve several current problems including compatibility with mobile devices, and the cumbersome efforts to make updates to the site. It will also put the site in compliance with other Missouri state agencies.

We are now in the information-gathering stage of the process and want to hear from the public on what the site should look like and what content it should contain.

If you wish to contribute to this process, please take the survey below and help make MoDOT's website be the best it came be.

Click here - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTDWJNM.
Roadway Safety?
Drive sober or get pulled over  - this is real life

Choosing to drive impaired, or ride with someone who is, is not worth the risk - this is real life, and once something goes wrong, it can't be taken back.

Last year, statewide law enforcement made 308 DWI arrests during the impaired driving campaign. There were 189 agencies statewide that participated in this effort.

This year's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will run from Aug. 18 through Sept. 3.

To learn more about substance-impaired driving and how you can Arrive Alive, visit saveMOlives.com , or follow social media at Save MO Lives, #DriveSoberMO.
Missouri high schools challenged to drive safe and buckle up!
Safe driving campaign educates to save teen lives
 
Calling all Missouri high schools to compete in the 2017 "It Only Takes One" campaign. This campaign provides great opportunities to win prizes for your school while educating young drivers about safe driving habits and safety belt use.

The campaign is sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and ACT Missouri. Statewide registration is open now until Sept. 30. Competition will run from Oct. 1 to the end of the school year.

It's important that teen drivers realize it only takes ONE text, ONE drink, ONE call, ONE reach, ONE distraction to cause ONE fatal moment - but ONE clicked safety belt could be the difference between life or death in a car crash.

"Nearly eight out of 10 young drivers and passengers killed in 2016 Missouri vehicle traffic crashes weren't buckled up," said Bill Whitfield, executive committee chair for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "Through education, competition and fun, the 'It Only Takes One' campaign can make a difference with young Missourians and save lives."

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15-20 years old.  Research indicates that driver distractions are the primary cause of fatal collisions. In addition, one of the greatest risk factors faced by teens is the number of passengers in the vehicle. Studies have confirmed that with the presence of just one passenger, teens are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

The program consists of two surprise safety belt checks at each high school to measure student safety belt usage, and also includes creative educational campaigns that promote safe driving throughout the school year.  In addition, schools have the opportunity to submit a 30-second video spot aimed at encouraging their peers to buckle up and drive safe.

Grant funding prizes are awarded to schools with the most creative and impactful educational campaigns and public service announcements. The grant funding will be used to further educate the students on the importance of safety belt use and safe driving habits. Statewide recognition will be awarded with a banner to schools with the highest safety belt usage rates.

Sign up your local high school to participate in the "It Only Takes One" competition online at www.savemolives.com/itonlytakesone before Sept. 30.

You can also follow SaveMOLives on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, #saveMOlives and #ArriveAlive.
Fatality update

Did you know... .once a crash occurs, the likelihood of a secondary crash occurring increases by nearly three percent for every minute that the primary crash remains a hazard.  Secondary crashes alone are responsible for an estimated 18  percent of all freeway fatalities and 20 percent of all collisions according to the Traffic Incident Management Handbook.    
Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website  as of Aug. 27, 2017:
2017 Totals as of 8-13-17 - 557
2016 Totals as of 8-13-16 - 572
2015 Totals as of 8-13-15 - 545
2014 Totals as of 8-13-14 - 479
2013 Totals as of 8-13-13 - 469
 2012 Totals as of 8-13-12 - 552 
Off the Road News
Shared-use paths 

Did you know that Missouri features more than 606 miles of shared-use paths for bicyclists and pedestrians?   

Shared-use paths are used by pedestrians, cyclists and in some cases even horses. The Katy Trail is an example of a shared-use path.

Have you checked out MoDOT's bicycle and pedestrian webpages? There's a ton of information, including state bicycle maps, links to other Web pages dedicated to cyclists and pedestrians, links to the major Missouri bicycle trails, traffic maps and much more. Take a look - Bike/Ped Program.
Have You Seen This?
MoDOT's Communications Division recognized at TransComm


Left, MoDOT Communications Division Director Fay Fleming was given the Vanguard Award for new professionals to transportation communications at the annual TransComm meeting. Right, Senior Communications Specialist Kellen Burns led the Road to Tomorrow website team who were recognized for outstanding development of the site.
 
MoDOT Communications Division Director Fay Fleming was recently given the Vanguard Award for new professionals to transportation communications at the annual TransComm meeting. To qualify, nominees must have three or fewer years of experience in transportation communications and demonstrate innovation, creativity and strategic results in their efforts.
 
The TransComm Vanguard Award provides an avenue for recognizing communications professionals who are new to state DOT communications, even if they otherwise have decades of public relations, communications or marketing experience.
 
MoDOT was received a second award from the American Association of State Highway Officials Subcommittee on Transportation Communications (TransComm).
 
MoDOT's Road to Tomorrow website was honored in the Website without a consultant category. This category recognizes outstanding internally developed Internet or intranet sites from design, communication and navigation standpoints. Senior Communications  Specialist Kellen Burns lead the website team  on this project. 
 
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