Aug. 4, 2016
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New runway for Missouri Air National Guard

Missouri Air National Guard, City of St Joseph officials, MoDOT and others celebrated the completion of the Rosecrans Memorial Airport's runway reconstruction project on Friday, July 22.  

The nearly 4,800 foot long crosswind runway is used by the Air National Guard for training purposes and other guard activities. The project replaced the deteriorated runway pavement.

The Air National Guard contributed approximately 65 percent and the city provided 10 percent of the project funding. MoDOT Aviation staff worked with the staff on the runway's design, construction and inspection providing over $2 million in FAA Airport Improvement Program funds. 
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Missouri River Bridge opening delayed

Unforeseen structural repairs uncovered during the painting process will delay the opening of the westbound Route 54/63 bridge over the Missouri River in Jefferson City, Missouri Department of Transportation officials announced today.

The bridge painting project was expected to be finished by the end of August. A re-opening date has not been set.

"As the contractor worked to remove the old paint, the blasting process revealed a structure that was not in as good of condition as we expected," said David Silvester, district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation's Central District. "Because these repairs will take extra time to address, we have no choice but to delay the opening of the bridge.

We know this is not what folks want to hear, and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience this delay will cause. However, it would be unsafe and imprudent for us to ignore the repairs that need to be made just to meet the project deadline. We hope our customers will understand that and bear with us for a little while longer."

More specifically, Silvester said, the bridge blasting revealed a larger number of deteriorated rivets that need to be replaced. MoDOT has worked with the contractor Saffo, Inc. to renegotiate the contract to include these and other structural repairs.

The westbound bridge was built in 1955 and carries about 28,000 vehicles a day.

"It's not unusual to find unexpected problems on a bridge this old and a project this complicated," said State Bridge Engineer Dennis Heckman. "Repairing major river bridges is a massive and complex undertaking. That's why we must address these issues now so we can ensure the integrity of the bridge for years to come."

Silvester said a new completion date had not been set yet because it is difficult to determine if the contractor will encounter additional repairs that will need to be made - Read more.

MoDOT hiring for winter weather

MoDOT employs 2,400 maintenance employees across the state to maintain its 33,891 miles of state routes. If you're looking for diverse opportunities, challenging work and a friendly environment, come join a dynamic team working to support the finest Department of Transportation in America. 

There are three different types of workers in our maintenance department - full time maintenance workers, seasonal maintenance workers and emergency operators.

Visit the website for more information and to complete an online application - MoDOT Maintenance Workers.
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Transportation, it's personal

For  Michelle Gibler, director of the MU School of Medicine's Injury Prevention Division , safety is key. 

In this personal story, Michelle discusses a near-collision experience and the importance of having well- maintained roads.

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