July 9, 2015
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Pass on Left, Drive on Right Voted Favorite Digital Safety Message
Drivers on Missouri's interstates and major highways drive past one of 250 digital signs each day. MoDOT posts safety messages on these signs. From mid-May to mid-June, m
ore than 830 people voted on their favorite message out of a list of 16 messages used on Missouri's signs. The top three messages to receive votes were:

1. Pass on Left, Drive on Right
2. Put Down Your Phone and Drive
3. Turn Signals the Original Instant Message

The primary purpose of the dynamic message signs is to convey critical information to motorists about lane closures or complete road closures. When the roads are clear of incidents, the signs convey safety messages to get motorists' attention.

"The results of the vote show us the messages regarding driver behavior concerns are the ones motorists like the most including passing, distracted driving and use of turn signals," said MoDOT Traffic Management and Operations Engineer Jon Nelson. "Our goal is to find ways to get the safety message to drivers so people will stop, think and make the right safety choice before they drive without a seatbelt or pick up their phone and text while they drive," said Nelson.

MoDOT received many ideas for new messages from our customers, which we will incorporate into our messaging over the coming months. Missourians are invited to continue to submit their ideas for new messages. The space on the sign is limited to three lines with 16 spaces on each line. Message topics and ideas can be emailed to MoDOT at MoMessageBoards@modot.mo.gov.
Click the video above to watch Kansas City Maintenance Crew Leader Marty Lambertson talk about the importance of striping.
Striping Season,
a Busy Time of 
Year for MoDOT
Striping season is well underway across Missouri. 

MoDOT's Kansas City Maintenance Crew Leader Marty Lambertson says re-striping is a very important element of roadway maintenance and safety.

"It keeps people in their lanes, it shows them where to go, and it marks the exit ramps so people don't run off the roads," said Lambertson.

While striping is underway, motorists should be on the lookout for large, slow-moving striping trucks. These vehicles are traveling at roughly eight to 12 miles per hour.

If motorists aren't careful, they could come up on a striping truck pretty quickly, which could lead to a crash. The best advice, be prepared to slow down and pull around the striping train of vehicles and merge carefully into the open lane.
Know Before
You Go!
MoDOT's Travel Information  Map Gets You Where You 
Need to Go 
If you've not taken a look at  MoDOT's travel information map  recently it unfortunately is  riddled with "road closed  due to flooding" icons. 

The map not only provides  weather-related road  conditions, but also shows  work zones, incidents and  other closures that will help 
you get to your destination.

It can also be down-loaded as  an app for your   mobile device. 

Check it out - Map.
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Roads and Bridges
State Transportation Program Focuses on 
Taking Care of Roads and Bridges
Missouri's ability to invest in its roads and bridges continues to shrink, and that means fewer projects to keep them in good condition.

Yesterday, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) - its five-year list of projects that are planned by state and regional agencies. The draft STIP was released in May for public review and comment.

"This year, the draft STIP demonstrates the commitment MoDOT has made to projects that focus on primary routes and taking care of the existing highway system," said MoDOT Interim Director Roberta Broeker.

The total number of projects in this STIP's five-year highway and bridge construction schedule is 577. That's a decrease of 246 projects from last year's final STIP. The 2016-2020 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2016 through 2020 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020).
Have You Seen This?
Click the video above to watch the Southeast Coalition's latest public service announcement.
Southeast Coalition for Roadway
Safety Releases New PSA

Have You Had 'The Talk' With Your Kids?
While students are enjoying their summer break, the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety is already making plans to target Missouri's future drivers, new drivers and their parents during the next school year. The Coalition wants every driver to know that traveling even a short distance without a seat belt is a gamble.

"We created a public service announcement to focus specifically on seat belts," said Southeast Coalition Regional Coordinator Craig Compas. "We want teen drivers and occupants to develop a habit of buckling. We hope parents will also serve as role models."

The Coalition decided the best way to motivate teens and their parents is through humor. Compas hopes that despite the PSA's humorous tone, it will get parents and teens talking about this very serious topic of always wearing a safety belt.

The new PSA features a dad giving his daughter and her date a very important talk before they head out. The PSA will be featured during KFVS12's Heartland Football Fridays, as well as available on YouTube and Facebook.

Not All New Years Are Happy
July 1st marked the beginning of a new year for the Missouri Department of Transportation - fiscal year 2016. For many of us a new year is a chance to look forward with great anticipation. The mood was a little different when the Missouri Highways and Transportation Committee gathered in Clinton on July 1. We were certainly excited to be in the hometown of Commissioner Gregg Smith, but the mood was decidedly more somber as we were presented the transportation plan for the next five years.

We have all heard the expressions, "the tip of the iceberg" or "the canary in the coal mine." They express the idea that small things are the harbinger of much worse things to come. Well, our State Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP, is just such a harbinger. Missourians who drive our roads today may see orange barrels and roads that don't appear all that bad. But the STIP we approved provides a glimpse to a future that no Missourian should want. For the first time in history no expansion projects were added to the STIP. Read More - View From the Chair.
Flooding Across the State

Montgomery County Route J
Schuyler County Route W

Osage County Route 100
Osage County Route D

St. Charles County Route 94
Cape Girardeau County Route 177

Clinton County Route C
Davies County Route E
Road Deaths in Missouri
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