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MoDOT to allow overweight loads of grainMoDOT Allows Overweight Loads of Grain
Recent heavy rains are hampering farmers’ efforts to harvest a bumper grain crop. As muddy fields dry, Missouri farmers must race to draw grain from the fields and get it to market. At the request of the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture, MoDOT will allow Missouri grain haulers to haul corn, soybeans and other grain crops at heavier than normal weights.

Get the details here – News Release.

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Road Work on Poplar Street Bridge in St. LouisPoplar Street Bridge Lane Closures This Weekend
Drivers heading into downtown St. Louis from Illinois should consider alternate routes on Oct. 18-19. Only one lane of the westbound side of the bridge will be open from 7:30 p.m. Friday night through 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Crews will close two of the westbound lanes to remove and replace the temporary driving surface on the bridge. – Read more.

Major Projects

Whitton Expressway Project in Jefferson CityContract Awarded for Whitton Expressway Improvements
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract for major improvements to the Whitton Expressway in Jefferson City. Work includes building a new interchange at U.S. 50 and Lafayette Street, adding a lane in each direction, and replacing five bridges along the corridor. Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2014. – News Release

Whitton Expressway Project Page

Safer Roads Heading

Operation Safe DriverDon't Make a Rookie Mistake When Driving Around Big Rigs -- Operation Safe Driver Week Runs Oct. 19-25

We see it on our roadways every day - experienced and older drivers who have become complacent in their daily commute or weekly travel, zipping in and out of traffic and not thinking about sharing the road with big rigs.

At up to 20 times the weight of an average car, these big trucks can cause serious and fatal injuries when involved in a crash.

During Operation Safe Driver Week, motorists are reminded to share the road, respect other vehicles and avoid unsafe behavior that could result in a crash. – News Release

Operation Safe Driver Web Site

Put Down Your Phone and DriveDynamic Message Signs Raise Awareness for Safe Driving -- Put Down Your Phone and Drive
Last year, 757 people were killed in vehicle crashes on Missouri highways. So far in 2014, 573 people have lost their lives. Speeding, impaired driving, no seat belts, and distracted driving are some of the leading causes.

In an effort to warn drivers about unsafe habits, MoDOT is using its more than 250 dynamic message signs on interstates and major highways to send the message to focus on the road. – Read more.

573 fatalities this year so far in Missouri
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Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, St. LouisEmmy Award for Stan Span TV Special
HEC-TV recently won a Mid-America Regional Emmy for their program on the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. Louis. The live program, “A Bridge to the Future,” featured video and interviews about the bridge’s construction and use.

The station also produced a two-part program on “The Science Behind the Mississippi River Bridge.”

Check out the videos here:
A Bridge to the Future
The Science Behind the Mississippi River Bridge, Part 1
The Science Behind the Mississippi River Bridge, Part 2

Dion Knipp, MoDOT Administrator of TransitDion Knipp Named MoDOT Administrator of Transit
Dion Knipp, a MoDOT employee with more than 23 years of service to the department, was recently named Administrator of Transit for MoDOT’s multimodal division. In his new position, Knipp is responsible for administering state and federal programs related to general public transportation and transit programs for agencies serving senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Knipp will cross train with the current administrator, Steve Billings, until Billings retires in early 2015.

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