We asked. Our customers and business leaders helped define the direction we need to take. Missourians want smooth roads, good bridges and safe travel with more transportation options and economic opportunities.
The Reason Foundation ranked Missouri 12th in highway performance and cost effectiveness and 2nd lowest in administrative costs.
System wide safety improvements including rumble stripes, guard cable and sign improvements save lives, prevent serious injuries and provided travelers crash-reduction benefits. These benefits continue to increase the safety of Missourians and our visitors.
Missouri’s economic health depends on the efficient movement of the goods it
produces and consumes. MoDOT Carrier Express, our first-in-the-nation online
business portal, streamlines Missouri-based motor carriers’ business transactions with the state — getting their drivers and the products they haul on the road in record time. The system, a Computerworld Honors Laureate honoree, saves customers $7.6 million annually.
MoDOT works to improve connections and choices for travelers and businesses.
By partnering with railroads to invest in corridor improvements, Missouri’s
Amtrak ridership grew 68 percent since 2007. Increased investment in Missouri
ports improved capacity and operation. Missouri’s ports process more than 500
million tons of freight each year – the equivalent of 19 million truckloads.
Continuous focus on results drives the department to excellence. The Excellence in Missouri Foundation honored MoDOT with the Missouri Quality Award.
MoDOT is a national leader in FHWA’s Every Day Counts and the Strategic
Highway Research Program. Since 2011, as a model or lead state, MoDOT
implemented 49 of the 50 EDC innovations. MoDOT shared our innovations in stakeholder partnering, soliciting contractor innovations, eConstruction, 3D engineering models, smarter work zones, performance management, streamlining of locally administered Federal Aid projects and traffic incident management training with other states.
Missouri is home to the first-in-the-nation Diverging Diamond Interchange. Completed in Springfield, Mo., in 2009, it solved major traffic and safety issues
at a much lower cost than traditional interchange design. The design concept
was studied or adopted by 46 other states, earned an AASHTO America’s
Transportation Award and is employed in 18 additional Missouri intersections.
Innovations Challenge, a grassroots effort unique to MoDOT, became a
national model. Employees are encouraged to submit their innovations to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity. Since 2007, the Innovations
Challenge generated more than 1,000 employee innovations with 200-plus chosen as MoDOT best practices.
Like many other organizations, MoDOT recycles office paper, ink cartridges and the like. In addition, we use recycled shingles, tires, asphalt and other materials to deliver the best pavement with cost — and the environment — in mind.
MoDOT’s focus on customers and results delivers a high return on investment for every dollar Missourians invest in transportation.
MoDOT is the birthplace of the Practical Design concept. Under the rallying cry
of “Build Chevys – not Cadillacs,” MoDOT focused on core traveler needs and
controlled costs. The effort earned the AASHTO President’s Transportation Award and became a Federal Highway Administration standard.
MoDOT focuses on citizen priorities when redesigning everyday operations. By optimizing striping operations, installing more efficient LED signals, reassessing signing priorities and using incarcerated crews where practical, $40.8 million more is available for roads and bridges annually.
MoDOT refinanced and paid off some bond debt years early, saving $37.3
million for roads and bridges. Communities contribute to state highway projects to receive needed upgrades faster. If custom, decorative work is desired, those costs are contributed, too. Since 2007, locals shared $1.2 billion of project costs.
MoDOT project bid terms are based on final product performance. Contractors
innovate to meet the needs. Looking to copy private sector success, legislators
authorized a successful trial of Design-Build bidding – all three initial projects
earned national recognition. With expanded permission, MoDOT completed eight Design-Build projects with five more to follow.