August 30, 2018
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No construction planned over Labor Day weekend
Permanent lane closures and barriers will remain in place

T he majority of construction work on state routes in Missouri will stop on Friday, Aug. 31 at noon for the Labor Day holiday  weekend. 
 
Construction work across Missouri will resume Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 9 a.m.; however, there are many locations across the state where work zones have permanent lane closures and barriers will remain in place. Many of these work zones may cause congestion and traffic delays, especially during the peak travel times including Friday evening and Monday afternoon.

Across Missouri, drivers should be aware of construction areas. For example:
  • I-64, St. Louis City, one lane closed westbound across the Poplar Street Bridge into Illinois.
  • I-44, St. Louis City, two lanes closed westbound from Arsenal to Shrewsbury; one lane closed westbound between Jefferson and Grand; two lanes closed westbound between Grand and Kingshighway; one lane closed westbound between Kingshighway and Arsenal; and one lane closed eastbound from Shrewsbury to Jefferson.
  • Major bridge work on I-470 at the I-70 interchange in Independence. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction; speeds are reduced.
  • Ongoing Diverging Diamond Interchange construction at I-435 and Route 210 in Kansas City. There are reduced lane widths and speed limits.
  • I-49 bridge rehabilitation project over the railroad tracks just north of Carthage.  The southbound bridge is closed; one lane in each direction and shifted to the northbound side of I-49.
Motorists should pay attention to all signing and follow the posted speed limits. Always wear safety belts, be alert for slowed traffic, narrowed or reduced number of lanes and never drive distracted. Remember: Buckle Up Phone Down.

During the 2017 Labor Day holiday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 11 people died and 265 were injured in 941 traffic crashes.

Check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org for work zones and traffic conditions. The map is available as a free app for iPhone and Android phones. Motorists can also call MoDOT's 24/7 customer service toll free at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).
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 4,792 individuals and 388 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

Click below to accept the challenge!


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Have You Seen This?
Two MoDOT projects among the winners in national competition

Eight outstanding transportation projects from five mid-America states were honored this week in the fourth and final regional America's Transportation Awards competition. The projects were recognized for major achievements, including: engaging small businesses through a "first of its kind" training program; replacing bridges to reconnect communities after major flooding; increasing mobility through a $2 billion overhaul of the most popular Amtrak route in the Midwest; and modernizing an aging freeway to improve safety and economic development.

"State DOTs are committed to making America safer, better and stronger by improving connections between communities both large and small, urban and rural," said John Schroer, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. "The transportation projects in this competition are part of a national multimodal network that is moving millions of people and tons of goods where they need to go every day."


The two MoDOT project winners are:
Read more here - project winners .
Real-time cameras allow the public to watch construction on major projects

One of the major construction projects that can be viewed by real-time cameras is the U.S. Route 54 Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana. Click the image to view individual photos or a time-lapse sequence of all seven active projects.
For the past 10 years, MoDOT has been placing real-time cameras on major projects to enable the public to follow the progress of work. The cameras also provide a thorough history of the project, and give engineers a visual record of the construction. The cameras, placed by vendor Ox Blue, take a new still image every 15 minutes. The images may be viewed individually, or in a time-lapse sequence.

The cameras have been used on 60 projects with the first being the Route 19 Missouri River Bridge at Hermann in 2008. Currently, there are seven active cameras: the I-435/Route 210 Interchange in Kansas City, the U.S. Route 50/Route 291 Interchange in Lee's Summit, the I-44/U.S. Route 65 Bridge Replacement in Springfield, the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis, the U. S. Route 54 Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana, the Route 47 Missouri River Bridge in Washington, and the I-44 Meramec River Bridge in Fenton.

The images may be viewed on the MoDOT website at https://app.oxblue.com/open/modot/cams.
Safer Roadways
Jefferson City Jays ask other teams to take Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge

Down...Set...Hut One...Hut Two...Buckle Up Phone Down...Hike!

Does your high school have what it takes to complete the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge?

The Jefferson City Jays high school football team took the pledge, and now they're challenging other teams to do the same!
In a video featuring Jays Head Coach Terry Walker and members of the football team in the Jays' weight room, Coach Walker says: "We ask our players to be safe on and off the field. We ask them to use their seat belt while driving, and we also ask them not to be using their cell phone."

Click above to watch the Jefferson City Jays high school football team urge fans to take the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge.

Senior quarterback Devin Roberson ends the video by challenging Blair Oaks, Columbia Rock Bridge and Helias high schools to also take the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge.

The Jefferson City Jays video challenge can be found on You Tube at: https://youtu.be/bpIlAVrLTPI . Videos are encouraged to be shared on social media using the hashtags #BUPD and #BUPDChallenge.

The Jay football video is just one more way the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and MoDOT are challenging citizens to take the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge. It's simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your seat belt. If you are a driver, put the cell phone down. Turn it off if you have to. No texting and no talking unless hands free.

In 2016, 947 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes - 688 were vehicle drivers and passengers, with 62 percent being unbuckled.

Join the more than 380 businesses and nearly 5,000 individuals who have taken the challenge. For more information, visit http://www.modot.org/BuckleUpPhoneDown.
Even the KC Wolf knows to BUPD 

Even the Kansas City Chief's mascot KC Wolf knows the importance of wearing a seat belt and putting the phone down while driving. Click the image and check it out. He's got some pretty good moves as he encourages people to take the BUPD challenge.

Have you taken the challenge yet? BUPD
Missouri high schools challenged to drive safely and buckle up
Safe driving campaign educates to save teen lives

Calling all Missouri high schools to compete in the 2018 "It Only Takes One" campaign for an opportunity to win prizes for your school while educating young drivers about safe driving habits and safety belt use.

Sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and ACT Missouri, the statewide 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 that ONE clicked seat belt could be the difference between life or death in a car crash.

"Nearly seven out of 10 young drivers and passengers killed in 2017 Missouri vehicle traffic crashes weren't buckled up," said Jon Nelson, 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 safely.

Grant funding prizes are awarded to schools with the most creative and impactful educational campaigns and public service announcement. 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  It Only Takes One before Sept. 30.

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

Fatality update

Did you know...We are currently in the midst of the Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over Enforcement Campaign. The campaign began on Aug. 17 and runs through September. Impaired driving is not only against the law, but can change the life of a person, family and/or families. There are so many people who could be negatively impacted - don't take the chance!   

Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of Aug. 28, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 8-28-18 - 596
2017 Totals as of 8-28-17 - 582
2016 Totals as of 8-28-16 - 569
2015 Totals as of 8-28-15 - 544
2014 Totals as of 8-28-14 - 477
2013 Totals as of 8-28-13 - 469
Did You Know This?
Building the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana. Photo from the Times-Picayune archives.
This day in transportation history

Aug. 30, 1956 -  The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was officially opened in southern Louisiana four months ahead of schedule. The two-lane span crosses Lake Pontchartrain and links the New Orleans suburb of Metairie with the city of Mandeville. A parallel two-lane span made its debut in 1969.



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