November 10, 2016
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Motorists reminded to move over for responders
Traffic incident response awareness week, Nov. 14-18

Every minute of every day emergency responders across Missouri work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents. Across the country every year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding. The Federal Highway Administration has declared Nov. 14-18, 2016, as the first national Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week. MoDOT and its partners including the Missouri State Highway Patrol remind motorists to move over for any vehicle with flashing lights on the highway.

MoDOT and the State Patrol work every day to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system for Missourians. Traffic incidents on the roads jeopardize that and therefore MoDOT's emergency response crews work to keep our system moving every day. In an average month, MoDOT emergency crews respond to 5,500 traffic incidents.

"MoDOT and its partners in law enforcement, fire, EMS and the tow industry work together to clear incidents but we need the help of motorists," said MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. "Move over when you see responders on the road and give them extra space to work. They are out there trying to clear the road for you so give them space to work."

Missouri's Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and any other emergency vehicle with lights flashing. If drivers can't change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles.  Read More.
Ready for Winter?
MoDOT has added a one-stop shop to its website for all of your winter driving needs. 

Here's what  you'll l find:

-What to do before your trip
-What you need during your trip
- How to equip your vehicle
- What to do if you get trapped in your vehicle
- MoDOT's plowing priorities
- How to clear your driveway
- Link to the traveler information map

Find it all here - Winter Weather
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Project Update
Weekend delays likely on Route 54/63 Missouri River Bridge in Jefferson City

Mizzou fans, deer hunters and other travelers are reminded they likely will encounter some significant delays on the eastbound Route 54/63 Missouri River Bridge in Jefferson City this weekend as the westbound bridge opens to traffic.

The eastbound bridge is expected to be especially congested on Saturday morning, as travel will be reduced to one lane to allow workers to take down the concrete barrier separating the lanes, remove the temporary striping and place new pavement markings. Eastbound Route 54/63 traffic will be down to one lane until Saturday evening.

The eastbound bridge has been carrying two lanes of traffic in each direction since May 1 when the westbound bridge closed for painting and other repairs.

"Although the end is in sight, we're not quite out of the woods yet," said David Silvester, district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation's Central District. "We know this is a busy weekend with the Missouri Tigers football game in Columbia on Saturday and the beginning of deer season, among other activities. We ask for drivers to plan ahead, allow extra time for their travels, drive the speed limit and stay focused on the road."

Work to reopen the westbound Route 54/63 bridge will start after 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, with both the eastbound and westbound bridges fully open to traffic by 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14.

Read more, including a tentative timeline for the reopening here - Missouri River Bridge
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MoDOT prepared for winter with statewide drill

Snow is not in the local forecast yet, but MoDOT wants to be ready when winter weather is here. To prepare, MoDOT tested its readiness for the upcoming winter season with a statewide drill on Nov. 9.

Click above to watch a 30 second video "Get Behind the Plow."
The drill tests MoDOT's winter battle plan to ensure its readiness to get travelers back on Missouri roadways as quickly as possible after winter storms.

During the drill, MoDOT employees will react to a simulated forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department's emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance employees will be deployed to their trucks. Emergency communications systems will also be tested.

"Our ultimate goal is to handle the first snowfall like we've been plowing snow all year," said MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. "Careful planning and preparation mean our crews can mobilize when needed and our equipment will be ready."

MoDOT annually spends about $43 million to keep roads clear in the winter and help ensure motorists get to their destinations safely and quickly. For information on road conditions across the state, safe traveling tips and other winter weather information, visit www.modot.org .

Federal Highway Administration unveils national alternative fuel and electric charging network

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of "alternative fuel" corridors spanning 35 states. Though the network is nearly 85,000 miles long, more miles will be added in the future to accommodate electric, hydrogen, propane and natural gas vehicles as additional fueling and charging stations are built.

"Alternative fuels and electric vehicles will play an integral part in the future of America's transportation system," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "We have a duty to help drivers identify routes that will help them refuel and recharge those vehicles and designating these corridors on our highways is a first step."

Those corridors designated as "sign-ready," meaning routes where alternative fuel stations are currently in operation, will be eligible to feature new signs alerting drivers where they can find fuel for their alternative fuel vehicles. These signs are similar to existing signage that alerts drivers to gas stations, food and lodging. The designation of these corridors fulfills a directive in the "Fixing America's Surface Transportation" (FAST) Act.

In Missouri, this applies to I-70, I-44, I-55, I-29 and I-49. 
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MoDOT receives governor award for quality and productivity

A technology team from MoDOT found a way to make important existing tools work even better for customers. This ingenuity and customer-focused commitment were recognized with a 2016 Governor's Award for Quality and Productivity. MoDOT developed a field text alert system to immediately notify staff of issues along the road that may require a response. This information is also placed on dynamic message signs to alert motorists. 

The MoDOT team was honored with the Technology in Government Award during ceremonies at the Capitol Rotunda Oct. 27.

"The Technology In Government Award is a formal recognition of excellence. It reflects the outstanding achievements of state employees whose work is often times overlooked," said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna.

"MoDOT is guided by a series of tangible results that allow the department to fulfill its mission. Two of these results are to: Provide Outstanding Customer Service and Keep Customers and Ourselves Safe. This program is the embodiment of both those results to outstanding degree. Our team, through their ingenuity, embodies MoDOT values and is keeping our customers safe," McKenna said.

Team members receiving the award:
Brandon Campbell - Traffic Operations Engineer
Chris Engelbrecht - District Safety and Health Manager
Stuart Harlan - Lead Information System Technologist
Jon Nelson - Traffic Safety Engineer
Raymond Shank - Senior Traffic Studies Specialist
Mark Sommerhauser - Transportation Project Manager
Julie Stotlemeyer - Traffic Liaison Engineer 

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MoDOT receives clean audit

MoDOT has received an unmodified, or clean, opinion from its independent auditors for the 17th consecutive year. That good news was delivered to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission at its meeting this week in Rolla by Chief Financial Officer Roberta Broeker and Financial Services Director Brenda Morris.

The audit - conducted by the firm RubinBrown - was included in the department's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2016, which was accepted by the Commission.

Broeker explained that the CAFR goes far beyond the financial reporting that is required by statute. "It demonstrates MoDOT's commitment to a high standard of public accountability," she said.

"I am grateful to be a part of a department that is such a great steward of the taxpayer's dollar," Commissioner Mary Nelson said. "The staff does a fantastic job."
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