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August 31, 2009 12:00 AM
MoDOT Making Roads Race-Ready

JEFFERSON CITY - Much like when the president came to St. Louis to throw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game, the Tour of Missouri bicycle race has Missouri Department of Transportation crews throughout the state working behind the scenes to make sure traffic moves safely and efficiently during the event. 

Even though the race doesn't start until Sept. 7, a MoDOT steering committee began preparing for the race in January, working with the race's organizer, Medalist Sports, to identify safe race routes.  One of MoDOT's main roles is to help outline the race course by identifying construction projects to avoid during the event.  The department also develops traffic management plans to minimize the race's impact on the traveling public.  The big challenge this year was an increased number of bridge closings due to MoDOT's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program, an aggressive project to replace or repair 802 of the state's worst bridges.

"Our work may take place behind the scenes, but it's critical because we make sure the race route is safe for the bicyclists, the spectators and the traveling public," MoDOT Director Pete Rahn said.  

Once the race route is set, MoDOT's focus turns to sharing information with the public about the road closings and to working closely with the Missouri State Highway Patrol to secure the routes.  As in years past, most of the affected roads will be closed a few minutes ahead of the racers and will be opened back up as soon as they pass through, keeping road closings to about 20-30 minutes.

More information about the race, including maps of the race routes, can be found on MoDOT's Web site, http://www.modot.org/tourofmissouri, and at http://www.tourofmissouri.com/.

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