January 5, 2017
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Save 20 percent this winter on Amtrak Missouri River Runner

The weather outside might get frightful, but the savings on Amtrak travel are delightful! Save now on travel to March 31, 2017. Go to Amtrak.com to learn more and to schedule trip dates.

Reservations required at least one day in advance. Offer valid for coach seats. Certain restrictions and blackout dates apply.

Kansas City - Independence - Lee's Summit - Warrensburg - Sedalia
Jefferson City - Hermann - Washington - Kirkwood - St. Louis  

Don't forget, Amtrak is pet friendly!

Small cats and dogs in carriers can join their owners on the  Missouri River Runner. To learn more about traveling with pets, visit the website Amtrak.com.

Amtrak and the Missouri River Runner are registered service marks of the National Rail Passenger Corporation.
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New for 2017
Get behind the plow - new for 2017

Click on the image to check out the newest edition to MoDOT's "Get Behind the Plow" video series.

The new video features Maintenance Worker  Wesley Prenger  from the Central District.  

Don't forget to know before you go!
Plan ahead. Before heading out the door to travel, check out MoDOT's Traveler Information Map for winter weather road conditions. Find it on our website here - modot.org.

Always remember - during severe winter weather, if you don't have to travel, stay off the roads. 
Customers react

We asked our customers on Facebook what they thought Missouri drivers should focus on in 2017. Here are the results:


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MoDOT tidbits
Items we shared in 2016 in case you missed them
Maintenance operations

Here are just some of the operations MoDOT crews do to maintain our roads and bridges  (these are annual amounts):
  • Repair over 100,000 linear feet of pipe culverts
  • Sweep over 40,000 lane miles 
  • Repair over 24,000 square yards of concrete pavement
  • Repair over 15,000 miles of edge ruts
  • Flush over 7,200 bridges at least once
  • Repair over 90,000 square feet of bridge decks
Did you know this?
  • The amount of grass that MoDOT crews mow each year is equivalent to 300,000 football fields
  • MoDOT collects enough bags of trash each year that, if laid side by side, would span from Kansas City to St. Louis
  • MoDOT stripes a distance that circles the earth more than twice each year - more than 70,000 miles
  • In an average winter, MoDOT employees plow from the earth to the moon and back over 13 times - almost 6 million miles
Click on the image to watch a short video of a MoDOT striping crew.
Signals and signs 

MoDOT uses dynamic message signs to share safety messages when the signs are not being used to provide important traffic information to motorists. Here's some interesting facts:
  • Over 2,500 signals managed and maintained
  • Over 250 dynamic message signs operated
  • Over 150,000 square feet of signs installed
  • Over 600 cameras operated
  • Three Traffic Management Centers operated
One of the messages that really resonated with Missourians in 2016, "It's a Passing Lane...Not a Cruising Lane," was posted to MoDOT's statewide Facebook account. The message was seen by 1.15 million people and had 10,000 shares, 4,900 reactions and 344 comments.
 
Have you seen this about replacement costs?

MoDOT's Transportation Planning Division estimates the cost of replacing the state highway and bridge system at $124.8 billion. Here's the breakdown:

Roadway

Bridges/Culverts



Signals/Lighting

Interchanges

Right of Way

Total
77,000-plus lane miles

75 million square
feet of bridge deck
and 3,000 culverts

25,000-plus

900-plus

350,000 acres

$90.3 billion

$13.6 billion



$1.3 billion

$1.9 billion

$17.7 billion

$124.8 billion
Safer Roadways
Fatality update



Did you know...

96 percent of vehicle driver and occupant fatalities who were ejected were unrestrained!

BUCKLE UP!


Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website  as of Jan. 1, 2017:

2017 Totals as of 1-1-17 - 2
2016 Totals as of 1-1-16 - 4
2015 Totals as of 1-1-15 - 6
 2014 Totals as of 1-1-14 - 0 
2013 Totals as of 1-1-13 - 3
2012 Totals as of 1-1-12 - 1

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P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270