April 14, 2016
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Saying goodbye to a fallen hero
Co-workers of fallen worker Lyndon D. Ebker pay tribute on the day of his funeral.

This week, MoDOT laid to rest our co-worker and friend who lost his life serving the public. Lyndon D. Ebker was struck and killed in a work zone while doing his job as a flagger on a bridge flushing project on Rte. 100 near Bucheit Road in Franklin County. A longtime MoDOT worker, Lyndon had more than 30 years of service to the citizens of Missouri.

"Our sympathy and prayers go out to Lyndon's wife and family. Our hearts are heavy, too. He has lots of friends here and will be missed. Lyndon was a valuable employee and had a long history with MoDOT," said Greg Horn, MoDOT's St. Louis district engineer.

Since 1932, 132 MoDOT workers have lost their lives on Missouri's roadways. Lyndon is the first to be killed on the job since 2012. 

This week is National Work Zone safety week, when MoDOT educates the public on how important it is to drive safely through work zones. We urge everyone to slow down and pay attention so everyone can go home to their families.
Safe Travels
Travel Safe
To help make your travel safer, visit MoDOT's traveler information map and find out what work zones you'll encounter before you go. 

Comment on
Work Zones
Motorists can comment on the quality of MoDOT's work zones with an online customer survey at - wz survey.

Top Work Zones
The list of the top traffic impacting work zones for 2016 is available here - top work zones.
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First Hand Experience 
Pay attention in work zones

Click the image to see a MoDOT employee give a first-hand account of a work zone accident. He was driving a truck intended to help protect crews working on the roadway when a distracted driver ran into the back of his truck. It is a perfect example of how fast conditions can change on the road and how dangerous distracted driving can be. 



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Have You Seen This?
Bash trash with MDC and MoDOT's annual trash bash

Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state's annual No MOre Trash! Bash April 15 to May 15. The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and MoDOT as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide anti-litter campaign.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities in April also include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT alone spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.

Last year, more than 60,000 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one month Trash Bash. People also attended numerous educational events stressing the importance of not littering. Volunteers participated through Adopt-A-Highway and Stream Team litter cleanup events. Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 581 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated over $1.8 million worth of volunteer time to annual statewide litter removal.

Littering isn't just ugly, it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin.

For more information and to learn how to participate, visit www.nomoretrash.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).
Bridge Projects
Missouri River Bridge closure postponed
Closing the westbound Route 54/63 bridge over the Missouri River in Jefferson City has been delayed for two weeks, MoDOT officials announced today.
 
"As the project progressed, concerns regarding preparing the steel for painting arose," said MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester. "We decided to postpone the project for two weeks so we could resolve these issues, get the project back on track and avoid extending the length of the project. We sincerely apologize for any confusion and inconvenience this delay will cause."

The traffic switch was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, with the total closure of the westbound structure occurring before morning rush hour on Monday.

Silvester said MoDOT would keep motorists informed every step of the way as the project moves forward

Read more about the postponement here - 54/63 Bridge.

More information, including the option to sign up for e-mail updates, is available at www.modot.org/central or by calling 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

Repairs in store for Lamine River Bridges - project will have major impact on I-70 travel
Both the eastbound and westbound bridges that carry Interstate 70 over the Lamine River west of Boonville will be repaired this summer.

Work on the project will begin in early June and will eventually reduce I-70 traffic to one lane in each direction. However, the work requiring the full bridge closures and head-to-head traffic on I-70 will not start until after July 4 and will be completed before Labor Day. The entire project is scheduled for completion in November.

See all the details here - www.modot.org/central.
Safer Roadways
Commercial motor vehicle awareness week 
Can they see you? Don't bet your life on it.

From April 11-18, a statewide awareness campaign will remind Missouri motorists to drive safely around commercial motor vehicles. In turn, commercial motor vehicle drivers will be reminded to obey traffic laws, use their seat belts, slow down and pay attention.

Commercial motor vehicles make up 20 percent of Missouri's interstate traffic, carry goods from coast to coast, and are a vital part of our nation's economy. Crashes involving tractor trailers don't happen very often, but when they do, the disproportionate size of truck versus car means those crashes can often involve serious injuries or worse. Research shows that in the majority of these crashes, drivers of passenger cars unnecessarily endanger themselves by not paying attention and driving recklessly around big rigs. That's why it's so important for all motorists to drive safely around big trucks.
  • Don't cut off large trucks or busses. Make sure you can see the top of the truck or bus in your rearview mirror before moving back into your original lane. Stay out of the "No Zone". Big rigs have large blind spots on either side and up to 200 feet behind a vehicle. Pass only on the left side. 
  • Watch your following distance. Keep a safety cushion around trucks. Can you see the truck's side mirrors? If not, the driver cannot see you.
  • Sharing the road with commercial motor vehicles is a necessary part of travel.
For additional information regarding roadway safety, or other transportation-related topics, contact the MoDOT Customer Service Center toll free, at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636). For more information on the Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Campaign, visit www.saveMOlives.com.  
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