August 28, 2014

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Second Annual Day of Remembrance

memorialLast September, MoDOT held the first Day of Remembrance ceremonies across the state, and set the third Thursday in September as an annual day to take time to honor the memories of our co-workers who have died in the line of duty.

This year, the ceremonies will be held on Sept. 18. The Central Office ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Fallen Worker Memorial just west of the Central Office. At approximately 1:31 p.m., a moment of silence will be observed across the state to remember those who have fallen. Districts are also planning ceremonies on this day. You can contact your district customer relations division for details on local events.

Reliable records of fallen workers date back to 1932. Since that date we have lost 131 members of our MoDOT family. We have to assume that others also gave their lives in the earlier years of building our transportation system.

These annual ceremonies also give all of us an opportunity to recommit ourselves to safety, and never add another name to the memorial.

Another way we commemorate this day is by asking employees to wear orange clothing, orange lapel pin ribbons or any clothing with the MoDOT logo. Of course, if you are working on a job that requires personal protection equipment, that equipment needs to be worn as usual. This is another way we can recognize we are one team and remember those we have lost.

If you are not able to attend one of the ceremonies, and can do it safely, please take a moment on Sept. 18 at 1:31 p.m. to pause and to remember.

Raising Money for the 1033 Benevolent Fund
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Commemorative t-shirt has the Ride for Remembrance logo on the front, and 'Ride to
Honor and Remember' on the back listing the names of the 131 fallen workers.

Logo as it appears
on the front of the shirt.

Ride for Remembrance

The St. Louis District is organizing a Ride for Remembrance to benefit the 1033 Benevolent Fund. The group will ride from St. Louis, traveling down Hwy 94, to participate in the Day of Remembrance ceremony held at the Central Office Fallen Worker Memorial on Sept. 18. The riders will first circle the Capitol drive before heading to the ceremony.

But you don’t have to be a St. Louis district employee to contribute to the fund. Commemorative t-shirts are being sold to raise money and all MoDOT employees can purchase a t-shirt.

To order, send your:
Name and phone number
Location for return shipping (central office or district and your division or facility location)
Your tee-shirt size and purchase price
To: Tania Thomas, Executive Assistant, MoDOT St. Louis District
via interoffice mail or to 1590 Woodlake Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Shirts cost $15.00 for men’s M-XL and women’s S-L sizes
$17 for men’s and women’s sizes 1XL -4XL
Order must be received by Sept. 5.


10th Annual Transportation Day Golf Tournament

golfThe annual transportation day golf tournament to raise money for the 1033 Benevolent Fund has been scheduled for Sept. 15 at the Columbia Country Club.

The event organizer, Central District’s Travis Koestner, thanks everyone for their continued support and said everyone is looking forward to a great day of golf for a great cause.

Funds raised during the event support the fallen worker’s families for state highway, law enforcement and fire fighters. We hope no one will need these funds in the future, but this resource has eased the burden on families providing immediate financial help. Law enforcement and fire fighters also hold annual golf days.

There are already 49 teams registered for morning and afternoon tee times (8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) but there are still a few spots remaining. If you want to play or get a team together contact Travis Koestner at 573-526-6998.

MoDOT Employees Get an Overview of Design-Build
During the past two weeks, MoDOT employees had the opportunity to get an inside look into the Design-Build process. Statewide Design Build Coordinator Angela Fuerst and Customer Relations Coordinator Linda Wilson Horn presented an overview class and three classes of in-depth training on Design-Build to more than 140 employees from around the state.

Design Build Coordinator Angela Fuerst covers the basics with more than 140 employees around the state.
Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger kicked off the presentation. Hassinger called Design-Build one of the tools in MoDOT’s toolbox that helps efficiency. By looking at the risk assessment of each project, Design-Build may not always be the right answer, but according to Hassinger it “captures the innovation of the industry and pushes it to do more.”

Hassinger went on to talk about the first discussion of Design-Build over 10 years ago. With projects that were too large and costly the idea of Design-Build came into play. The legislature approved pilot projects and the first three Design-Build projects were a success. This achievement resulted in the legislature giving authority for Design-Build to be used on a total of two percent of the number of projects per year.

Despite the failure of of Amendment 7, Hassinger stressed the importance of learning about Design-Build and continuing to do these projects even on a smaller scale so it stays fresh in our minds and helps us to be more innovative.

Angela Fuerst and Linda Wilson Horn covered the basics of Design-Build, why and when it is used, the difference of Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build and the history of Design-Build projects. They also discussed the values of Design-Build, linking it to MoDOT’s value of being bold. Other Design-Build values included being goal-oriented, flexible, confidential and being an empowered team. The in-depth training also included discussions on how to write the contract documents, the how to procure the contractor and how Design-Build contracts are administered.

MoDOT recently signed the contract on its eighth Design-Build project, the US 69 Fairfax Bridge in Kansas City. There are four other Design-Build projects currently under contract including: I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge and Route 364 Page Phase 3 Project in the St. Louis District; I-70 Manchester Bridge Project in Kansas City; and the US 60 Rogersville Project in the Southwest District. Two more Design-Build projects are planned to start during the next year including the reconstruction of three bridges on I-70 in Columbia and interchange improvements at I-44 and MO Route 141 in St. Louis.

For more information on Design-Build contact Angela Fuerst at or call at 314-453-5056. You can also learn more by going to Design-Build information and documents are also available in the Engineering Policy Guide.
Improving Efficiency - Needing Employee's Help
MoDOT employees throughout the organization use hundreds of various technology applications on a daily basis to enter information into those systems. A common concern voiced by those users is that employees are entering the same information in various locations, causing duplicated efforts and information.

efficiencyTo find a solution to this issue, a team has been formed to identify those areas where users are entering the same information multiple times. The goal of the team is to identify the duplicate entry situations, then prioritize the impact to the department and recommend solutions. We need employees help to do this.

The team has developed a quick survey. We are asking all MoDOT employees to consider areas where duplicate entry may be taking place and take a few minutes to tell us about it. Since employee time is limited and valuable, the survey only takes about five minutes to complete. The information gathered will help the team identify areas where we can be more efficient.

Click on this link to take the survey – http://sharepoint/sites/is/duplicateentry/Lists/Survey/NewForm.aspx.

The deadline is Sept. 5. You can complete the survey as many times as needed to share examples. All responses will be kept confidential.

Thank you for helping MoDOT to become a more efficient organization.
AASHTO’s Eleventh Annual National ‘Faces of Transportation’ Photo Contest

MoDOT’s Cathy Morrison, senior multimedia service specialist, has submitted photos to AASHO’s annual Faces of Transportation photo contest. Seventy-eight photos have been submitted from state DOT’s, seven of those from MoDOT.

This year’s photos are being judged on three categories, “Quality of Life/Community Development,” “Historic Projects,” and “Taking the Road Less Traveled.” Each photograph represents the positive effects of transportation on individuals and/or communities.

To vote for MoDOT photos, click here -, click on "Vote Here" then scroll down to MO-001_2014 thru MO-007_2014 to see all seven of the MoDOT entrants. You can vote once from each electronic device that you have (computer, ipad, smartphone, etc.), and you can vote for as many photos as you like each time.

Voting runs through Sept. 8. The photograph receiving the highest number of online votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, and a $500 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer.

The People’s Choice Award winner and the recipient of this year’s Faces of Transportation Grand Prize Award will be announced on Sept. 29.

Left, one of the 'Faces of Transportation' entrants - Rocky Balfour, motorist assistant operator, helps change a tire on Interstate- 29/35 in Kansas City, Missouri. Motorist Assist patrols some of the busiest interstates offering assistance to stranded motorist. Their goal is to minimize major disruption of freeway traffic flow. They put themselves on the line to provide motorist a smoother, safer commute. Photo by Cathy Morrison.

Tracker Discussion Highlights MoDOT’s Performance

District and division employees gathered in Jefferson City on Aug. 21 for the quarterly meeting to discuss the latest edition of Tracker.

At the beginning of the meeting, MoDOT Director Dave Nichols thanked everyone for their work to help educate Missourians about the project list for Constitutional Amendment 7. He told the group he understood how difficult it was to develop the list in such a short time frame, and even though voters rejected the amendment, the momentum is still there for transportation funding.


While legislators and our transportation partners work on a funding solution, Nichols encouraged all employees to focus on the task at hand.

“I ask you to remember our core business functions,” he said. “We must focus on safety, on finding creative solutions, and on customer service.”

Nichols spent additional time talking about safety. With the recent tragic death of a contractor in the Kansas City region, Nichols reinforced the message that making safety a daily effort is critical.

“Do whatever you have to do to prevent an injury or a dangerous situation,” he said. “Whether it’s a toolbox chat or equipment pre-check – make the commitment to talk about safety every single day.”

While it might be 99 degrees outside now, prep for winter weather is a year-round concern for MoDOT. At last week’s meeting, Maintenance Liaison Engineer Tim Chojnacki reported some difficulty for salt suppliers to meet customer needs this year, although MoDOT is close to having its supply for the start of the season. Not surprisingly, the cost of salt has increased. Last year it was $60 a ton, and this year it’s $80 per ton.

The Aug. 21 Tracker meeting was also a special milestone for one particular employee, whose work was acknowledged during the meeting. Customer Relations Director Mara Campbell has accepted a position outside the department, and the group took a few moments to thank her for her role in making MoDOT a leader in performance management and for making Tracker a part of MoDOT’s daily work practices.


Missourian’s Are Challenged to Focus on the Road

For the third year in a row, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is partnering with KRCG and Joe Machens Ford to encourage drivers to pledge to drive distraction free and enter to win a 2014 Ford Focus in the annual Focus on the Road campaign.

focus challengeThe campaign kicked off Aug. 18 and will end Nov. 6 with the new car giveaway being held during a KRCG live evening broadcast on Nov. 20.

Throughout this campaign special newscasts and school visits will share victim’s stories and encourage all drivers to pledge to drive distraction free. ThinkFirst Missouri will be traveling with KRCG to 10 high schools and five colleges across the state to share their personal stories of distracted driving crashes to our most inexperienced, vulnerable drivers.

For more information visit, or where you can pledge to drive distraction free and enter for a chance to win a 2014 Ford Focus.

Focus on the Road, and ARRIVE ALIVE!

Fatality Update
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What's Happening

MO State Employees Charitable Campaign
September is just around the corner, and that means the Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign will soon begin. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of Team MoDOT when it comes to this charitable effort. We've led all state agencies in total giving for seven straight years, and I want to challenge you to make this the eighth.

Please make every effort to participate so we can reach the goal of 100 percent of MoDOT employees contributing to the campaign. Watch for kickoff events starting in mid-September. In the meantime, you can get more information on the campaign at

Thanks for all you do and be SAFE out there!
Dave Nichols

chip seal Back to Basics – Chip Seal Operations
August’s Back to Basics safety video demonstrates how to safely perform a chip seal operation. This type of operation is very complex and requires all workers to be in top form and putting safety first.

Watch the video here – ADD LINK. The video is also posted on the comprehensive safety site under the “videos” icon.

Supervisors are asked to review the video with crews during morning safety discussions prior to conducting chip seal operations.

Special thanks to the crews in the northwest and central districts and all other involved in the making of the video.


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EdChat With The Chief

Remember to check out Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger’s blog post. This week he talks about XXX - Chat with the Chief.

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Preventing Back Pain

Sometimes lower back pain comes out of the blue, with no apparent cause. Other times, you know you did something that brought on the pain. Everyday activities like lifting and sitting at a desk, can often contribute to lower back pain. But if you learn to do these things the right way, you can help avoid injuries or pain in the future.

Take a look at the Coventry Newsletter on the Central Office page to see how to help prevent back pain – Central Office page.

August Retirements
Dennis H. Cooney – NW – 6 years
Mark A. Wiley – NW – 25 years
Susan D. Scantlin – KC – 23 years
Gale L. Garner – CD – 15 years
Ralph L. Mullen – SL – 25 years
Jeff M. Divine – SW – 20 years
Robert E. DeClue – SE – 25 years
Patrick A. Martens – CO – 31 years
Michael D. Frank – CO – 29 years
In Memoriam
Harold Wissman
CO – July 19
Jay Winterowd
former D6 – July 23
John Reynolds
former D5 – August 2
David Creech
former D8 – August 2
Mark Weston
CO – August 3

Wade Knight
former D4 – August 4
Frank Carroll
CO – August 4
Paul Ferber
former D6 – August 5
Norman Borders
former D2 – August 11
Yvonne Thompson
CO – August 15
Billy Shipman
former D4 – August 15
Colleen Wright
CO – August 16
Wallace Fitch
CO – August 17
George Geerlings
former D8 – August 17
Raymond Varner
CO – August 21

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