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Gov. Parson highlights transportation in state of the state address
This week, Gov. Mike Parson delivered his State of the State Address, highlighting transportation and infrastructure successes over the past year, stating, “I am proud of MoDOT’s hard work to leverage every tax dollar to the fullest to make our transportation system safer for all Missourians.” 

He called special attention to Missouri’s award of an $81.2 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

That grant will be used to replace the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport and to build I-70 climbing lanes at Mineola Hill in Montgomery County. It also triggered $301 million in bonding revenue to repair or replace 215 bridges across the state. 

Building on last year’s progress, Governor Parson again called for key investments in Missouri’s infrastructure, including $4 million in disaster recovery funds and another $50 million for the transportation cost-share program. 

Gov. Parson also announced the approval of the Buck O’Neil Bridge project in Kansas City.

Recognized for quality and productivity
MoDOT received two Governor’s Awards for Quality and Productivity: a Customer Service Award for minimizing inconvenience to the public on the North Fork River Emergency Bridge Replacement and an Innovation Award for the Buckle Up Phone Down initiative that challenges citizens to pledge to BUPD while driving. Read more.
Human trafficking awareness
January is National Human Trafficking Prevention month. In 2019, Missouri reported 178 human trafficking cases. If you suspect someone is being forced to engage in any activity from which they can’t leave, call the national human trafficking resource center hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or text befree (233733). More information.
Northwest Missouri bridge work
The bridge over Interstate 29 on Route 116 south of Faucett will close to all traffic on Jan. 23 for a bridge replacement project. The closure is planned to continue through May 2020. Additionally, I-29 will be closed in both directions between Dearborn and Faucett for 24 hours Jan. 24-25 for demolition of old the bridge. Read more .
This day in transportation history
January 16, 1967 - In the East Room of the White House, Alan S. Boyd was sworn in as the first U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Additionally, he served in executive positions with the Civil Aeronautics Board, the U.S. Department of Commerce and was a president of Amtrak. Photo from Wikipedia.
MoDOT by the mile
Here’s how we stack up: 33,838 miles of state highway (7th nationally in state highway miles), 1,380 miles of interstate highways (5th nationally), 3,414 miles of U.S. routes, 8,268 miles of state routes, 19,025 miles of lettered routes, 1,751 miles of other roads (like outer roads, etc.), 5,543 miles of major routes and 28,295 miles of minor routes.

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 12,146 who have taken the pledge so far.
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