July 6, 2018
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Ribbon cutting in Joplin officially opens 
U.S. Bike Route 66 in Missouri and Kansas
Excerpt from Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Foundation News Release

On June 17, as part of the opening ceremonies for the 2018 edition of Big BAM Ride (Bicycle Across Missouri), a ribbon cutting was held marking the formal designation of the Missouri and Kansas sections of U.S. Bike Route 66.

Taking part in the U.S. Bike Route 66 ribbon cutting (left to right) were: Brent Hugh, Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation; Tommy Pike, president, Route 66 Association of Missouri; Hon. Gary Shaw, Mayor of Joplin; Ron Effland, state bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, MoDOT; Michelle Teel, multimodal operations director, MoDOT; Renee Charles, president, Kansas Route 66 Association; Chrysa Niewald, Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation and Braden Horst, Joplin Trails Coalition.

In Missouri, after years of work by MoDOT, the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation, the Adventure Cycling Association, local tourism and Route 66 affiliated organizations and advocates, Bicycle Route 66 across the lower half of the state is now an official part of the U.S. National Bicycle Route System.

"The U.S. Bike Route System in and of itself is an important network for the travel & tourism industry as a whole," said Patrick Tuttle, director of the Joplin Convention and Visitor Bureau and key supporter of the Bicycle Route 66 effort in Missouri. "For the Joplin region and across Missouri, when adding in the value of historic Route 66, for cycling and tourism stakeholders alike, there is no question, we had to be involved."

To read the full release and for more information click here - http://mobikefed.org/.
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Major Project Update
Large project at U.S. Route 65/Interstate 44  in
Springfield  to cause delays July 14-late August

The second phase of a project to rebuild sections of U.S. Route 65 in Springfield will cause major traffic delays and detours starting early Saturday morning July 14, and lasting into late August.

The major highway and bridge project kicks off with a complete 24-hour closing of Interstate 44 at U.S. Route 65 from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until 12:01 a.m. Sunday, July 14-15. Southbound U.S. Route 65 also will be closed starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 14, and lasting until late August.

During the project, several signed detours will be placed to get drivers to their destinations. Drivers are urged to allow for extra travel time when traveling in or through Springfield to reach vacation destinations in the Branson/Table Rock Lake areas.

Read the full information about this project here - U.S. 65/I-44.
Have You Seen This?
Traveling in Missouri this summer?
Know before you go!

This time of year is a busy travel season for Missourians. Make sure you have all the information you need before heading out the door for summer travel. MoDOT's website and mobile apps offer motorists several options for keeping up to date on what's happening on Missouri roadways.

Traveler Information Map App
Users of iPhones, iPads and Android mobile devices who use the app will have access to statewide traffic flow information in addition to incidents, closures, work zones and weather-related road conditions - iPhone App or Android App.

The Traveler Information Map can also be found on MoDOT's website - modot.org

Text Alerts / Email Notifications
With MoDOT's E-update System you can receive email notifications on road work by county, by specific projects or statewide. You can also sign up for text alerts or email notifications for incidents and emergency closings (by county). It's easy to subscribe, and you can change or cancel your subscription anytime - E-update.

Real Time Traffic
Real time traffic is available for these urban areas:
St. Louis - http://www.gatewayguide.com/
Kansas City - http://www.kcscout.net/
Springfield - http://www.ozarkstraffic.info/index.html

Customers can always call MoDOT's customer service centers 24/7 for road conditions and other information - 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).
Missouri rest areas and welcome centers

Planning on traveling down one of Missouri's interstates this summer? Check this website before you go - Rest Areas, Welcome Centers and Truck Parking.

On the website, click on any of the locations designated on the interactive map for more information about that facility. 

Missouri maintains eight Welcome Centers, 14 Rest Areas and 23 Truck-Only Parking sites across the state. Located on seven different Interstates, the facilities feature a variety of easy-to-access amenities to serve travelers.

Take our Rest Area Report Card Survey and let us know how we're doing!

Safer Roadways
The hOUR Project

The hOUR Project is a traffic safety presentation that takes approximately one hour of your time to talk about something that is OUR problem - serious injury crashes and fatalities. Geared toward businesses and organizations statewide, this presentation stresses the importance of keeping employees safe while working in company vehicles, and when they're driving to and from work. 

Topics of discussion include safety belt and cell phone usage and policies, aggressive driving and drowsy driving. For more information, or to bring this project to your organization, contact Kelly Jackson at Kelly.Jackson@modot.mo.gov

Watch a video introduction of the hOUR Project here -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rTTfN5mzIY, or visit the website for more information - https://savemolives.com/templates/interior_page/132.

Fatality update

Did you know...63 percent of run-off-road (not on a curve) fatalities occur in rural areas. 

Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of July 1, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 7-1-18 - 414
2017 Totals as of 7-1-17 - 428
2016 Totals as of 7-1-16 - 425
2015 Totals as of 7-1-15 - 386
2014 Totals as of 7-1-14 - 353
2013 Totals as of 7-1-13 - 339
Did You Know This?
The diamond-shaped, electric-rod pantograph of the Swiss cogwheel locomotive of the Schynige Platte railway in Schynige Platte, built in 1911. Photo from Wikipedia.
This day in transportation history

July 5, 1904A U.S. patent was issued for a diamond-shaped pantograph carrying electric power from overhead lines for the movement of trains. 

This type of pantograph, which had been invented by John Q. Brown of the Key System for that company's commuter trains in the San Francisco Bay Area, was widely adopted by electric rail systems worldwide.

Although it might be hard to understand how this can happen, most parents who leave their children behind simply forgot. In most of these tragedies, parents became distracted. They were distracted because they were thinking about work issues, or simply fell into a daily routine that, on a usual day, did not involve responsibility for a young child.

If you make it a habit to leave your phone (or, some other item) in the back seat area every time that you buckle your child into their seat, you will be giving yourself some added insurance against the unthinkable.

Here are the facts: 
  1. When the outside temperature is 83 degrees, the temperature inside your car will rise to 117 degrees after just 30 minutes.
  2. An average of 38 children have died in hot cars each year in the U.S. since 1998.
  3. Since 1998, more than 700 children have died in vehicles in the U.S. from heat stroke.
The above information was taken from the Where's Baby website - http://www.wheresbaby.org/. Visit the website to see more facts, useful tips and other information.
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