June 7, 2018
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Public comment period opens on
Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

A draft 2019-2023 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program that builds on MoDOT's long-range transportation plan, financial forecast, asset management plan and the prioritization of project needs at the local level by planning partners was presented today to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

Transportation Planning Director Machelle Watkins told commissioners the draft STIP includes 1,319 projects, which for the most part will maintain the system in the condition it is in today. On average, this STIP annually invests in 586 lane miles of interstate pavements, 1,065 miles of major route pavements, 2,754 miles of minor route pavements and 172 bridges.

Missouri has the nation's seventh largest state highway system with 33,856 miles of roadways and 10,403 bridges but ranks 46th nationally in revenue per mile.

The STIP details an annual construction program of $900 million per year for the five-year period, up from $850 million in Fiscal Year 2018. But it is still insufficient to meet the state's unfunded high-priority transportation needs that are estimated in MoDOT's "Citizen's Guide to Transportation Funding" at an additional $825 million per year.

"Community input is critically important to the process of prioritizing local needs and putting the STIP together," MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna said. "The STIP represents our commitment to Missourians of the projects that will be developed and delivered over the next five years."

The STIP also takes into account commission action from January that increases cost-share funding to $30 million for 2021, $35 million for 2022, $40 million for 2023, and $45 million for 2024 and thereafter. The purpose of the cost-share program is to build partnerships with local entities to pool efforts and resources in order to deliver state highway and bridge projects.

"We know from discussions our districts have been having with our planning partners that there is a healthy appetite out there for locally important projects that can be expedited by this increase in cost-share funding," Watkins said. Read more here.
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Have You Seen This?
TRAFFIC ALERT: Interstate 70 near Kansas City will be closed 
between Interstates 435 and 470 beginning June 8

Major traffic impacts are expected in early June in the Kansas City area when Interstate 70 will be COMPLETELY CLOSED in both directions  between I-435 and I-470.

The closure, which will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 8 and last until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, June 11, is needed to enable demolition of the Pittman Road, Crysler Avenue and Phelps Road bridges over I-70.

MoDOT encourages motorists to plan ahead. They MUST follow the signed detour using I-470 and I-435, or find an alternate route. All work is weather permitting.


Eastbound I-70 ramp closures include: 

  • Manchester Trafficway to eastbound I-70.
  • Northbound and southbound I-435 ramps to eastbound I-70.
  • Blue Ridge Cutoff ramp to eastbound I-70.
  • Highway 40 ramp to eastbound I-70.
  • Blue Ridge Blvd. Ramp to eastbound I-70.
  • Noland Road ramp to eastbound I-70.
Westbound I-70 ramp closures include: 
  • Northbound and southbound I-470/Route 291 ramps to westbound I-70.
  • Lee's Summit Road ramp to westbound I-70.
  • Noland Road ramp to westbound I-70.
  • Highway 40 ramp to westbound I-70.
  • Eastbound I-70 will be reduced to one lane from Manchester Trafficway to Blue Ridge Cutoff. Any traffic that does not follow the detour onto southbound I-435 will be moved off at Blue Ridge Cutoff.
  • Westbound I-70 will be reduced to one lane before the Route 291 and the I-470 interchange. All traffic will be routed onto southbound Route 291/I-470.
  • Southbound Route 291 just north of I-70 will be reduced to one lane to accommodate merging traffic from westbound I-70.
For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).
MoDOT's Traveler Information Map to feature bypass routes on Interstates 70 and 44

Starting June 9, MoDOT's Traveler Information Map will have a new feature. The map will be able to display preferred bypass routes whenever there is an incident/congestion on I-44 and I-70.

A bypass will be shown on the map as a green and yellow dashed line with a bypass symbol placed intermittently along the route. A new listing under the "Traffic" heading will appear on the map's legend located on the left.

"This new application is another tool to assist travelers in finding alternative routes if there is an accident or heavy traffic along two major interstates," said Susan Summers-Harmon, a traffic operations engineer in MoDOT's Central District.

MoDOT's online Traveler Information Map has been helping drivers navigate work zones, snowy roads and flooded routes since 2007. The map provides current traffic conditions and shows real-time traffic flow. MoDOT's Traveler Information Map is located at www.modot.org. The map is available as a free app for iPhone and Android phones.
Safer Roadways
Don't miss what matters
Statewide pedestrian awareness campaign kicks off June 11

Whether driving a vehicle, walking or biking, keep your head up and be alert - you don't want to miss what matters. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is announcing a week-long campaign June 11-18 focusing on pedestrian safety. The campaign will be geared toward pedestrians and drivers, educating both about being alert and what to watch out for to ensure everyone is safe.

In 2017, 98 pedestrians were killed in Missouri and 264 were seriously injured. The top pedestrian contributing factors involved were failure to yield, alcohol or drug impairment, and distraction/inattention.

"We want to be sure that citizens are as safe as possible in all modes of transportation," said MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood. "We encourage all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to make safe choices so everyone, no matter the mode of transportation, makes it to their destination safe."

Keep the following pedestrian safety tips in mind anytime you walk:
  • Drivers and pedestrians need to make eye contact with each other. Don't assume that the other one has seen you.
  • If you must exit a stalled vehicle alongside the roadway, do so on the opposite side of traffic and do not attempt to walk across the oncoming traffic.
  • Only cross at an intersection or crosswalk - stepping out from between parked cars or other obstacles by the road can keep a driver from being able to see you and stop in time.
  • Look left, right and then left again before crossing an intersection or crosswalk - you always want to double check the lane that you'll be entering first.
  • Be aware of drivers even when you are in a designated crosswalk - drivers can look and use their mirrors, but there are always blind spots.
  • Avoid walking while wearing headphones - you won't to be able to hear if a car is coming.
  • Always wear brightly colored clothing for visibility when exercising alongside a roadway.
  • Always walk against the flow of traffic rather than with the traffic.
  • Always be cautious when exiting parking lots and be on the lookout for pedestrians.
For more information, visit savemolives.com or follow on social media at Save MO Lives.
Fatality update

Did you know...The average number of texts sent/received per day per person 
- 32. 

Texts requiring an answer while driving 
- 0.

Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of June 2, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 6-2-18 - 338
2017 Totals as of 6-2-17 - 346
2016 Totals as of 6-2-16 - 352
2015 Totals as of 6-2-15 - 309
2014 Totals as of 6-2-14 - 293
2013 Totals as of 6-2-13 - 262
State partnerships drive progress for Secure Your Load Day

This year's annual Secure Your Load Day was recognized on June 6 thanks to nationwide support.

Founded in 2004 by Robin Abel, Secure Your Load Day is a national effort to raise awareness of the dangers of unsecured loads and road debris. Currently, 47 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands are on board to officially recognize the day and vow to educate the public on the importance of load securement, with some beginning to employ policy to make our highways safer.

Abel, a Seattle, Washington resident, made it her mission to fight this senseless and avoidable danger after her daughter was catastrophically injured by an unsecured load. In the past 14 years her steadfast work has created real change.

"We put on our seat belts and fasten our children into car seats, so why would we think it's okay to leave anything loose in the bed of our trucks and risk endangering others on the road?" said Abel. "A 20-pound object at 55 mph has a force of 1,000 pounds on impact," she said.

On June 6, we honored those whose lives have been impacted or taken by unsecured loads and road debris and in an effort to make load securing a standard practice, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety urges motorists to take these simple precautions to save lives:
  • Tie down loads with rope, netting or straps
  • Cover the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting
  • Don't overload the vehicle
  • Always double check to make sure the load is secure
For more information on the Secure Your Load day, please visit www.secureyourload.com.
Did You Know This?
Class 1 Streetcar #125 at 5th and Broadway in San Diego, California (1915). From Wikipedia.com.
This day in transportation history

June 7, 1926 -  Transportation industrialist John D. Spreckels died in San Diego at the age of 72. His key contributions included consolidating various failed trolley routes to form the San Diego Electric Railway; and - in the face of huge logistical challenges - establishing the San Diego and Arizona Railway.   

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