In This Issue A Move in the Right Direction

May 28-June 1, 2012
In This Issue
A Move in the Right Direction ....1
I-435 DDI.........................................1
KC Kudos........................................2
Safety News....................................3
Is Noise a Factor?...........................4
Ride for Remembrance.................5
A Move in the Right Direction
Move Over Law Passes to Include MoDOT Workers
ed and blue lights glow, alerting
motorists that an emergency
vehicle is on the shoulder of a
busy highway. Tail lights flash quickly as
drivers slow and move over to the other
lane, providing additional room between
their motor vehicle and the emergency
responder. Moving over increases safety
for all, but is not just a courtesy; it’s
required by law for all motorists on
Missouri highways.
The move over law states that drivers
must move over or slow down for
stationary emergency vehicles. Recently,
KC Employees Reach Out............6
Nominate Your Hero....................6
KC District Calendar:
May 28
Memorial Day
State Offices Closed
May 30
Management Team
9-11:30 a.m., Boardroom
June 1
Maintenance Superintendent Meeting
8:30 a.m. - noon
June 5
Route 71/C/J Public Meeting
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Friendship Hall, 163 W. Center Street,
Peculiar, Mo.
June 6
Mo. Highways and Transportation
Commission Meeting
10 a.m. to noon, Kansas City
Have a Great Week!
legislation passed an act to amend
the current move over law, expanding
it to include all MoDOT vehicles. It
also further modifies the definition of
an emergency vehicle to include any
MoDOT vehicle marked as Emergency
Response or Motorist Assist. This is great
news for anyone working beside fast
moving traffic.
“This legislation is essential to the
safety of all MoDOT personnel who
work on the highways every day. People
don’t always move over for MoDOT
vehicles. As with any law, most people
will comply just because it is
required. A large portion of the
motorists will voluntarily comply,
and for those who do not there
can now be some recourse,” said
William “Rusty” James, Incident
Management Coordinator.
Continued on page 2
Ribbon Cutting Completes DDI at Front Street
More than 50 people turned out
to cut the ribbon on I-435 and
Front Street DDI May 25.
Fifth District U.S. Congressman
Emanuel Cleaver II spoke of the
urgency for more transportation
Missouri Highways and
Transportation Commissioner
Stephen Miller spoke of the risk
taken by MoDOT, and the rewards
for designing and building the
first DDIs.
The ribbon cutting was held
at the northwest corner of I-435
and Front Street.
Terri Barr of Senator McCaskill's office and MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Brian Kidwell listen as Commissioner Stephen Miller and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
discuss transportation challenges. Kansas City Public Works
Director Sherri McIntyre and Matt Haase of Senator Blunt's
office discuss other issues and opportunities.
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Move Over Law
Contiued from first page
James is very enthusiastic about
the move over law. “When I came to
MoDOT in 2007, I immediately saw a
need for the Mover Over Law to be
amended to include MoDOT vehicles.
Also a strong need for Motorist Assist
and Emergency Response vehicles to be
classified as emergency vehicles. In fact,
Motorist Assist and Emergency Response
vehicles are about the only vehicles on
the highways responding to incidents
that are not classified as emergency
vehicles. Quick response is essential to
the management of incidents on the
highways. This law will allow MoDOT to
respond to incidents somewhat quicker,
reducing the time that traffic flow is
restricted due to an incident.
“Several of our partners testified at
the legislature in favor of this change as
they rely on our personnel to respond
to incidents as quickly as possible. They
feel strongly that we should have the
necessary tools to do our job.”
MoDOT’s statewide safety initiative,
Safety Begins With YOU, is supported
now more than ever by the Missouri
Legislature. Once signed by Governor
Nixon, the amended move over law will
be strictly enforced by law enforcement
statewide, protecting MoDOT workers in
the same way as the Highway Patrol and
other emergency responders.
“I would like to thank the Legislature
for taking the necessary steps to improve
safety for all of the hard working MoDOT
personnel who risk their lives every day
making the highways better and safer for
the citizens of Missouri. To all our fellow
Missourians and visitors, please watch
for MoDOT personnel out there on the
highways. It is a very dangerous job, and
the risk is great,” James stated.
With fewer construction dollars,
MoDOT is virtually in a maintenanceonly mode, making the work that our
maintenance forces perform much more
important than ever. Taking care of the
existing system of highways and bridges
is a high priority, and it
is the goal for MoDOT
to provide the safest
environment possible
to ensure that every
employee can go home
safe every day. This law
will make it easier to
do so.
“We will be counting
on the motorists to
move over or slow
down so that we can
do our job as safely
as we can, in an
inherently dangerous
KC Kudos
commend you on the progress for Route 45
in Parkville. It has gone smoothly, with very
little delay. I have not seen one accident relative
to this construction. We are looking forward to
the completion as we use this route practically
everyday. It is also interesting to watch all of
the new methods of road building and the daily
progress that is being made. - D. Dobson, Liberty
onderful time management on the
Route 69 bridge project. - Kristy Clemmons, Lawson
oDOT has done an OUTSTANDING job on
the speed of the bridge replacements
on Route 69 north of Liberty. Please let the
workers know how much we appreciate their
promptness. - J. Love, Parkville
am a school bus driver. I travel Route 45 several times daily. I
also have stops in the construction zone. I just have to say, the
guys working on the road are very nice to stop working and stop
the equipment while I am loading and unloading students.
- M. O’Connell, Parkville
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Safety News: Missouri One Call (1-800-DIG-RITE)
n excavation is defined as
any operation that breaks
the surface of the ground. An
excavation can be done with mechanical
equipment, such as a backhoe, or just
a garden shovel. Regardless of the tool
used, Missouri state law requires anyone
planning an excavation to contact the
Missouri One Call System.
There are four basic steps to the
“One Call” process:
1. The excavator calls or goes online
to file a locate request
2. The call center processes and
transfers the request
3. The utility owner or operator marks
the dig site or advises that the site is
4. The excavator digs with appropriate
Missouri One Call System can be
reached at 1-800-DIG-RITE (800-3447483), or at 811 (the national “call
before you dig” number) or online www. You must allow at least two
working days, plus the day of the call,
for processing and to allow the utility
time to mark the area. If you begin a dig
too early and strike a utility, you may be
under increased liability or worse.
Markings are considered
approximate (generally within about
two feet). Never assume the markings
are perfectly accurate. Always finish
the last two feet of excavation with
handtools rather than heavy equipment
to minimize the chance of breaking a
utility or line.
Making repairs on your own without
the utility owner’s permission, or failing
to report even the most minor damage
is against the law and can incur heavy
penalties. Even a small scrape or nick can
allow corrosion that may cause failure
Although the markings are usually
accurate relative to utility latitude and
longitude layout, the one exception is
always the depth the utility is buried.
Information is very sketchy here, so
never assume any information you
receive about bury depth is correct. The
actual depth may be way off.
Excavation of all types is much safer
with the proper use of DIG-RITE. Without
DIG-RITE you may not only open up a
hole, but your may open up a huge risk
for yourself and for the department. Take
a few minutes to do it right, for safety’s
sake. If you would like more information
on the Missouri One Call System, contact
your KC District Health and Safety
later, so always report any damage.
The cost of damaging a utility can be
high. For example, the average cost of
repairing a fiber-optic line damaged by
digging or trenching is about $500,000.
Emergency services like 911 and even
hospitals can suffer communications
shutdowns if a phone line is cut. Even
more importantly, the risk of injury or
death is very real. Striking a gas main
or electrical line can be fatal. Failing to
follow proper guidelines for trenching
and shoring increases the chance for the
dig to collapes on someone. Be careful,
and never bite off more than you can
MoDOT Employees Give Gift of Life
Did you know that only three out of 100 people in America donate blood? Each donation saves up to three lives. Recently, the
District Office hosted a blood drive with the Community Blood Center and as usual, several MoDOT employees gave the gift of
life. Thanks to the generosity of those that stopped by to donate, 22 units of blood were collected and will help up to 66 people!
There were 7 first time donors.
Thank you to each for taking time out of your busy schedule and giving such a special gift!
Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who
makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation.
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Is Noise a Factor?
dding lanes to a project has the
potential for adding noise to the
surrounding community. Did
you know there is a wall for that? Sound
walls are concrete walls that are built
to reduce or block some highway noise
from reaching homes along the roadway.
MoDOT conducts a noise study to
determine if an area qualifies for a wall.
Just because those driving by might honk
a horn or rev the engine does not mean
MoDOT will stop by to study the noise
levels on your street. Actually, an area
receives a noise study based on certain
criteria before determination for sound
walls can be made. The criteria include:
• Construction of a highway on a new
• Alteration of an existing highway,
• Addition of a through-traffic lane,
• Addition of an auxiliary
• Relocation of
interchange lanes or
ramps to complete
an existing partial
• Restriping existing
pavement for the
purpose of adding a
through-traffic lane or auxiliary
lane, or
• Addition of a new or substantial
alteration of a weigh station, rest
stop, ride-share lot or toll plaza.
After a noise study is conducted, the
results indicate locations along the
project parameters where noise will
increase enough to warrant a sound wall.
Every property owner and/or resident
per each benefited receptor
is given the opportunity to
vote for or against having a
sound wall built. Property
owners receive 75 percent
of the vote and renters
receive 25 percent. The majority wins,
but absentees are counted as no votes.
Recently, MoDOT and the City of Oak
Grove held a vote to determine if the
Route F widening project would include
sound walls. Only a small number of
residents met the requirements for a
sound wall and the majority voted for
MoDOT to construct the wall.
So the next time you are driving and you
see a row of walls alongside the road,
just know they were not built for looks.
Much time and effort went into the final
decision to build those sound walls and
members in the community used their
voice to make the final call…wall or no
Left, Craig Skorseth, Highway Designer, talks with Steven Craig, City Administrator for
City of Oak Grove about the need for a potential sound wall as part of the project to
widen Route F through Oak Grove. Those participating in the voting process voted
in favor of building a wall as part of the project. Construction is expected to begin in
early 2013.
City of Kansas City Plans for the
Northland Future
Kyle Elliott, Lead Planner for KC Citywide Planning Division stopped by
the Northland Area Team Meeting in May to discuss the city’s plans for
the Northland in the next several years. Since 1998, development and
growth has been mostly north of the River. In fact, the Northland has
gained 57,000 people in the past 15 years, with a 21 percent growth
in the past year alone. The division is looking at a long range plan to
address the growing needs for the area.
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KC Safe & Sound Bridges
On the Rise to Completion
Total of 159 Bridges in KC
Editor Kerri Lewis, 607-2151
Find MoDOT KC on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.
Traffic Laurel McKean, 607-2107
Right of Way Dana O’Malley, 607-2056
Information Systems JoAnn MacKay, 607-2096
Bridges to be completed
Ride for Remembrance
It is time for the annual Ride for Remembrance to honor MoDOT’s fallen workers.
General Services Jody Jordan, 347-4100
Human Resources Amy Gagne, 607-2145
Administration Sherri McGregor, 607-2184
kcConnections sources
Regional Counsel LeAnn Francis, 607-2082
D O N E !!!!!
to go!
D O N E !!!!!
D O N E !!!!!
D O N E !!!!!
Bridges Done
Construction Bev Chrisco, 607-2101
to go!
to go!
Bolder 5-Year Direction Questions?
•Visit: wwwi/intranet/hr/
•E-mail: SalaryGrade1-5@modot.
•Contact your KC District HR
Number of SAS Bridges
• March 31: all employee
reassignments, staff reductions
to go!
• April-May 2012: SG 1-5 positions
(support) filled competitively.
• June 5: Teleconference for the
displaced SG 1-5 employees at 10:00
a.m. at the DO in Conference Room
• December 31: all facility, equipment
and operational changes complete.
D O N E !!!!!
Bolder Five-Year
Direction Calendar
When: June 23, 2012
Rally Location: Elephant Rock and Johnson’s Shut-In
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2012
T-shirt orders due: August 15, 2012
Please contact Dan Weaver, Senior Construction Technician at
573-346-3053 or
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KC District Employees
Reach out to the Community
The district’s Crashed Truck made its traveling debut during Truman Medical Center’s Safety and Injury Prevention
fair. The truck served as a great visual aide and grabbed
visitors’ attention. Laurel McKean, District Traffic Engineer
with a little help from KC Wolf of the Chiefs offered safety
material and goodies to visitors. A big thank you to our
district office mechanics and general services for making
the truck mobile. The team rehabilitated an old trailer and
made all the necessary adjustments to the truck to ensure
its safe travels.
Jim Templer, Design explains the benefits of
roundabouts to students in the Pleasant Hill
driver's education class on May 22. MoDOT's
team will present to Lee's Summit and Liberty
driver's education classes next week, and go to
Belton in early June.
Nominate your Hero Today!
No super hero costume or cape required to be a safety hero! The Missouri Coalition for
Roadway Safety is seeking nominations for highway safety heros. If there is someone you
feel should be recognized for outstanding efforts to reduce fatalities on Missouri roads
through education, law enforcement, health care, emergency response, or engineering, please take a few moments to
recognize them with a nomination for a 2012 Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Highway Safety Award!
Four statewide awards and two regional awards (per region) will be selected. The winners will be recognized at the 2012
Blueprint to Save More Lives Conference in Branson at the end of October.
Visit for more details about the awards, and to complete the nomination form.
Nominations due by June 30, 2012. Five individuals with an interest in transportation safety have been selected
throughout the Midwest to judge the awards. Regional awards will be judged by the regional coalitions or independent
judges they choose. Award winners and those who nominate them will be notified by the second week of August. For
more information, please call Marisa Ellison at 573-248-2502 or email
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