Click the video to get your Transportation News in a MoDOT Minute.
MoDOT director participates in
launch of National Freight Strategic Plan
Freight is key to Missouri’s economic prosperity because freight is the economy in motion.

MoDOT Director and AASHTO President Patrick McKenna recently joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in the virtual launch of the first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan.

The goal of the plan is to allow the U.S. to maintain its competitive edge in major industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, energy production and e-commerce.

In Missouri, the multimodal freight system supports the movement of trucks, trains, barges and planes. Together, these modes transport one billion tons of freight valued at more than $1.2 trillion per year, including national and international food supplies.

The rapid growth in freight demand due to increasing use of e-commerce and global supply chains is causing a strain on the national freight system that could threaten the competitive advantage of American businesses. Read more.

View the virtual event (Director McKenna's portion of the event begins at 29:12).
New chair, vice chair for commission
Michael T. Waters has been elected the new chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. John W. Briscoe is the new vice chair. Waters was appointed to the commission in March 2015. Briscoe was appointed in December that same year. Both appointments expire next March. Read more.
Communications receives national awards
MoDOT's Communications Division has won national awards from TransComm. Best Public Involvement with a Consultant - I-270 North Project in St. Louis. Best Website without a Consultant - online Tracker. Vanguard Award (honors achievements of a relatively new communications professional) - Communications Specialist Taylor Brune.
Highway Safety & Traffic virtual conference
Missouri's 2020 Highway Safety & Traffic Virtual Conference will be held Sept. 29 - Oct. 1. Registration is open! See all the details.
Have you thought about becoming a donor?
Thousands of people die or suffer needlessly each year due to a lack of organ and tissue donors. A transplant is often the only hope. A single donor can save the lives of up to eight people and enhance the lives of at least 50 others. Learn more by going to the "How Can I?" section on MoDOT's website.
Fatality update
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri State Highway Patrol website as of Sept. 6, 2020
2020 totals - 653 / 2017 totals - 611
2019 totals - 586 / 2016 totals - 613
2018 totals - 635 / 2015 totals - 569

Take the challenge
When you get into any vehicle, buckle up your seat belt. If you are a driver, put the cell phone down. Join the 13,302 who have taken the pledge so far.
Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270