April 12, 2018
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National Work Zone Awareness Week 

MoDOT reminds motorists to slow down and not be distracted when driving through construction areas. The emphasis on safety is part of National Work Zone Awareness Week.

In 2017, 13 people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and an additional three on the local system, for a total of 16 fatalities.

Interstates and major roads will have numerous work zones set up through the fall. There will be work zones along interstates 44, 55, 64, 70, 270 and on U.S. Route 65.

Motorists are urged to observe warning signs and merge before reaching lane closures. Please be aware of changing traffic conditions. Traffic could slow or stop unexpectedly, traffic lanes can merge or equipment and workers can enter the roadway. Be aware and be prepared to slow down. Driving too fast for the conditions is a major factor in work zone crashes.

The best defense in a work zone crash, or any crash, is a seat belt. 
In 2017, 65 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities were not wearing one.

To help make your travel safer, visit MoDOT's Traveler Information Map for work zones. Motorists can comment on the quality of MoDOT's work zones with an online customer survey.

For information on work zone safety and a list of high impact work zones across the state, visit http://www.modot.org/workzones/index.htm.
Take the challenge: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your seat belt. If you are a driver, put the cell phone down. Join the 2,269 individuals and 364 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

Click below to accept the challenge!

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Buckle Up Phones Down in work zones

MoDOT Senior Maintenance Worker Justin Sundell recalls a time he was flagging vehicles through a work zone on Route 68 when he noticed a car that wasn't slowing down. Sundell says the next thing he heard was the sound of squealing tires and locking brakes.

"It was really scary," Sundell said. "The driver was looking at his phone the whole time."

Click above to watch a 30 second video about work zone safety.
During National Work Zone Awareness Week, Sundell is speaking up in hopes of getting drivers to pay more attention in work zones, which will be cropping up throughout the state as warmer weather moves in.

"I'm begging you - when you are driving a motor vehicle, please buckle up and put your phone down," Sundell said. "We all want to go home safe each and every night."

Unfortunately, work zone crashes are on the rise nationwide. Sixteen people were killed in work zone crashes last year - two were workers. That is double the number killed in 2016, when eight people died in work zones. In fact, a work zone crash occurs every 5.4 minutes.

Here are some tips for navigating work zones safely:
  • Observe warning signs and merge before reaching lane closures.
  • Be aware of changing traffic conditions. Traffic could slow or stop unexpectedly, traffic lanes can merge and equipment and workers can enter the roadway.
  • Be prepared to slow down. Driving too fast for the conditions is a major factor in work zone crashes.
Did You Know This?
Ride Amtrak Missouri River Runner and save
Kids ride free on weekends, adults save on midweek travel

Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, going solo or bringing family or friends, the AmtrakĀ® Missouri River RunnerĀ® is offering great discounts for spring, summer and early fall travel. 

The Kids Ride Free offer applies to weekend travel Friday, Saturday and Sunday only for kids ages 2-12, when accompanied by a full-fare paid adult. The discount is available for travel between Apr. 6 - Aug. 26, 2018.

The Midweek Fare sale provides adults with a 25 percent discount when booking a seat on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for travel Apr. 3 - Oct. 31, 2018.

Make your getaway even more special by bringing a feline or canine family member, your favorite golf clubs or bicycles for additional small fees. Cats or dogs must travel in a carrier and both must not exceed 20 pounds. Space for bicycles is limited.

These discount offers are available online. Reservations are required at least one day in advance of travel on the Amtrak Missouri River Runner. The route operates twice daily between St. Louis and Kansas City with stops also at Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee's Summit and Independence.

Terms and conditions vary and are displayed on Amtrak.com. The offers are valid for coach seats only, are not combinable with other discount offers and are dependent upon availability. Some blackout dates, refund rules and other restrictions may apply.

Public comment period begins for state's Long Range Transportation Plan

MoDOT has launched a public comment period on an update of the state's Long Range Transportation Plan. The 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.

Missouri's current plan was approved in February 2014, but new federal laws and regulations require additional content, including safety performance measures and targets.

The draft plan can be viewed online at www.modot.org/LRTP/ 
or at any MoDOT District Office. Those interested in offering comments on the plan can contact MoDOT by emailing LRTPcomments@modot.mo.gov. 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. The formal comment period ends May 4, 2018.

The final plan will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for approval at its June 2018 meeting.
Have You Seen This?
MDC and MoDOT's annual Trash Bash starts April 15

Missouri's 16th annual No MOre Trash! Bash will focus on "spring cleaning" the outdoors by asking residents to pick up litter throughout the state April 15 - May 15. The litter prevention campaign is sponsored by the Missouri departments of conservation and transportation.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT spends about $6.75 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at more than $1 million.

Littering also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.

"Many animals mistake litter for food and become sick and die when they try to ingest it," said Joe Jerek, the Missouri Department of Conservation's No MOre Trash! coordinator. "Birds, fish, turtles and other animals get tangled in litter, such as plastic six-pack holders and fishing line, and it can kill them."

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit www.nomoretrash.org/ or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).
In tribute to Washington's use of streetcars, this ex-Newark streetcar currently running in heritage streetcar service in San Francisco wears DC Transit colors. From Wikipedia.com.
This day in transportation history

April 12, 1890 - Nearly three decades after becoming the first streetcar company to operate in Washington, D.C., the Washington and Georgetown Railroad achieved a new milestone by switching from horse drawn streetcars to cable cars.

Safer Roadways
Fatality update

Did you know...  Between 2015-2017, the top three contributing circumstances for fatal work zone crashes in Missouri were driving too fast for conditions, failing to yield and distracted/inattentive driving. 

Please slow down, be patient and pay attention to signs and workers present. Everyone deserves to go home to their families at the end of the day.
Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website as of April 8, 2018:

2018 Totals as of 4-8-18 - 192
2017 Totals as of 4-8-17 - 218
2016 Totals as of 4-8-16 - 228
2015 Totals as of 4-8-15 - 178
2014 Totals as of 4-8-14 - 155
2013 Totals as of 4-8-13 - 151
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