July 30, 2015

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Click above to watch Interim Director Roberta Broeker talk about the unexpected increase in transportation revenue.
Hello Team MoDOT!

By now you’ve heard of the good news we shared last week regarding transportation revenues for fiscal year 2015. State taxes from fuel, vehicle sales and vehicle and driver licensing fees are up 4.5 percent from what we projected, and we received $47 million more in state transportation revenues than we expected. We can thank the improving economy and cheaper gas prices for the increase in revenue. I’m very excited about this because it means we can match our federal funds in 2017. We will be talking to the Commission in August about the best way to use the funds to take care of our system today and in the future.

We still face the long-term challenge of insufficient funding for transportation in Missouri, but I’m glad to have some breathing room while we continue to educate the legislature and the public on the need. You’ve helped us with that over the last year, and your voice is powerful. You are the people who interact with countless citizens and can explain the day-to-day challenges you face with keeping the system in good condition.

Thank you for everything you do. The weather has been brutally hot, and I know that has a big impact on you. Stay safe and hydrate!

Earn $500 for One Hour's Work!

That’s right. By spending one hour or less filling out an Innovations Challenge entry form, you could pocket up to $500. This year’s first-round competitions start Aug. 3, and you could be one of 18 winners in your district or Central Office. That first-round win can earn you as much as $75 and the chance to compete at the statewide showcase for as much as an additional $425. All you need to do is share a few details on how you’ve put a new twist on getting your work done better, faster, cheaper and safer.

Inno ChallengeYou can cash in on your innovations in the areas of:

  • Tools and Equipment - items fabricated or modified by MoDOT employees
  • Projects - efforts resulting in exceptional results for transportation users or internal operations
  • Productivity - office and field processes, materials and products.

Not sure what might qualify as a winning innovation? Check out all the winning innovations from the past eight years on Innovations Challenge SharePoint page.

Need help putting your innovation entry together? Contact your local program coordinator. You can find the name of your local program coordinator on the Innovations Challenge SharePoint page.

District and Central Office competitions

Aug. 3 – Dec. 15*
First-round evaluations

Dec. 15 – Jan. 7
First-round winners announced

Jan. 13
Second-round statewide evaluations

Jan. 14 – Jan. 28
Showcase participants announced

Feb. 15
Innovations Challenge Showcase

Spring 2015
*Districts may choose a different cutoff date.

Finally, here are some tips from previous Innovations Challenge winners:

  • Don’t think your innovation is too small to count. Simple solutions to everyday problems can have a big impact. If you had the problem, it’s likely your solution may work for other department employees.
  • Don’t assume everyone knows about your innovation. Even if you’ve been using your innovation for some time, it doesn’t mean anyone else has found the same solution.
  • Don’t create your innovation in a vacuum. Get input on your innovation from co-workers, counterparts in other areas and technical experts.
  • Don’t just tell how your innovation works. Show it in action. Think about showing a new employee how your innovation works with a series of photos or a simple video.
Don’t use time as your excuse not to submit an innovation.  Use your local program coordinator to help put your innovation submission together.
New Medical Plan Option for 2016
I am pleased to announce the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) to be offered in addition to our traditional PPO medical plan starting January 1, 2016. A HDHP with a HSA option has proven to be beneficial for individuals interested in continuing to have comprehensive medical coverage with a lower monthly premium. Enrollees can capitalize on the additional tax savings and investment opportunities available through the HSA.

Click above to watch a video that explains how the HDHP plan with HSA option works. It's also located on the benefits website - Employee Benefits.

There will be an open enrollment period from Oct. 1 through Nov. 13 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2016. We are working with your district and division insurance representatives to coordinate workshops in your area. You are encouraged to attend one of these workshops to find out more information about how a HDHP and HSA compare to our PPO plan. The new option will also be discussed during employee fall meetings.

Information is available on the Employee Benefits website - Employee Benefits.

You are encouraged to review the information available on-line and attend the workshops, once scheduled, in order to make an informed decision on which plan option is best for you and your family.

If you have additional questions, please contact our staff in Employee Benefits at 877-863-9406.


Changes in MAPS Process

In late 2014, the Employee Advisory Council (EAC) began a process to determine what (if any) changes employees would like to see made to the performance management process and MAPS system. After gathering initial data, the EAC distributed a final survey to all employees in April 2015. After tabulating over 1,700 responses, the EAC worked with the senior management team (SMT) to develop the following final recommendation for performance management process improvements:

  • Provide formal MAPS ratings and feedback once per year, in the spring, prior to June 1. These ratings and feedback will be documented in an electronic system.
  • Continue to use the current format of Expectations, Competencies, Feedback and Ratings.
  • Use the current rating scale (Outstanding, Highly Successful, Successful, Needs Improvement, Unacceptable), providing Competency ratings and an Overall rating.
  • Conduct an informal performance feedback session to discuss performance progress in the fall/winter before Jan. 1. This feedback session should be documented in the employee's MAPS file.
  • These changes are effective immediately, with no formal rating given in the fall of 2015, and the next formal rating being provided in spring 2016.

The EAC and Human Resources Director also reviewed recommendations from the Employee Development team which included several desired improvements to the electronic MAPS system. Based on these recommendations, and the final changes to the performance management process, further efforts will be undertaken by the Human Resources Division and the Information Systems Division to develop the best options for making long term system improvements that meet the needs of supervisors and employees.

Changes to the MAPS system and a process for moving forward with ratings in spring 2016, as well as all necessary policy changes, will be communicated in the coming months.

Attention 2015 Service Award Recipients!
service awardsStarting Aug. 3, 2015, the service award vendor will begin mailing out your brochure packet with the gifts you are eligible to receive. Please keep your eyes open for this packet to arrive at your home address.

Instructions for placing your order will be included in the packet.
Safe & Sound Bridge Program Wins DBIA National Design-Build Project/Team Award

sfe and soundThe Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, announced its 20th annual Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, the award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

MoDOT's Safe & Sound Bridge Program won in the category of Transportation (Non-Aviation). MoDOT and its partners were given the award. The Design-Builder was KTU Constructors, a joint venture of Kiewit Western Co., Traylor Brothers Inc. and United Constructors Inc., with HNTB and the LPA Group (a division of Michael Baker Jr. Corp.).

"To win a National Design-Build Project/Team Award, projects must not only achieve budget and schedule goals, but also demonstrate advanced and innovative application of design-build best practices," said Lisa DBIAWashington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of DBIA. "This year's winning projects exemplify Design-Build Done Right in their design-build process, excellence in design and extraordinary teaming performance. The jury's difficulty in choosing winners demonstrates how much design-build expertise has expanded since we started the awards program in 1996."

The 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards showcase design-build best practices and celebrate the achievements of owners and design-build teams in nine categories across the spectrum of horizontal and vertical construction. These categories include: aviation, civic/assembly buildings, commercial/office buildings, industrial/process/research facilities, educational facilities, healthcare facilities, rehabilitation/renovation/restoration, transportation and water/wastewater.

Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council Conference Held at Lake of the Ozarks

Law enforcement officials from across the state gathered recently at Lake of the Ozarks for their annual conference. The LETSAC conference provides traffic enforcement officers with continuing education in the field of law enforcement and allows for interaction between the officers and members in sharing technology, information and ideas.

Guest speakers covered topics in the areas of technical, interpersonal and legal issues. National motivational speakers offered encouragement and adoration for the specialized work law enforcement perform on a daily basis.

LETSAC is a law enforcement advisory group that provides recommendations, direction and guidance on statewide traffic safety issues to MoDOT's Traffic and Highway Safety Division. Membership is granted to every law enforcement agency in the state of Missouri.

For additional information, log on to

Calling all Photographers and Videographers!

The deadline for submitting photos and videos to AASHTO’s annual Faces of Transportation photography competition is coming up quickly!

faces of transportation

One of MoDOT’s past submittals for AASHTO’s Faces of Transportation competition. Photo by Cathy Morrison.

This year's competition includes three new categories: "People Building America" "People Touring America," and "Innovators in Transportation." A total of seven awards will be presented this year. A $125 cash prize will be awarded to the best photograph in each of the three categories. $500 cash prizes will be presented to the winners of both the People's Choice and the Best Overall Photograph awards. Video prizes of $150 each will be presented to a Novice and a Professional winner.

AASHTO strongly encourages every submission to prominently feature people designing, constructing, using and enjoying the nation's transportation systems. All entries should represent the positive effects of all modes of transportation on individuals and communities. Photographs which include recognizable individuals must be accompanied with a model release form and, regardless of category, all photos must include a caption which describes the scene. Failure to meet these requirements may lead to disqualification.

All entries must be received by Aug. 7. Judging will begin on Aug. 8 and end Aug. 31. The general public will vote for the People's Choice Award at the Faces of Transportation web site, Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the TransComm Meeting in Annapolis, MD in September.

Enter today!


What's Happening

Per DiemMeal Per Diem Increase

Effective Aug. 1, 2015, the In-State Meal Per Diem will be increased $4 per day per Missouri location. The increase equates to an additional $1 for breakfast and lunch and $2 for dinner. Please note that the Out-of-State Meal Per Diems will remain the same and will not be increased on August the 1st. The new rates only apply for in-state meals incurred on or after Aug. 1, 2015. The State web page will be updated on Aug. 1, 2015 to reflect the changes.

If you have questions contact Amy Blankenship (573) 751-3302.

July Retirements
Raefeal E. Crider – NE – 9 years
Mitchell S. Miller – NE – 25 years
Gary L. Peasel – NE – 26 years
Ronald D. Reynolds – KC – 11 years
Donald R. Payne – CD – 31 years
Dianna L. Johnson – CD – 30 years
David R. Shoemake – SL – 31 years
Charles L. Rowden – SL – 28 years
Charles L. Vollmer – SL – 38 years
Kenneth R. Maass – SL – 23 years
Keith R. Gilmore – SW – 30 years
Joseph F. Crader – SE – 25 years
Clifford Shannon – SE – 10 years
Kirk A. Bennett – SE – 27 years
In Memoriam
James Davis – Active Employee
SW District – July 11
Sally Howard
former D8 – May 19
Lawrence Schneider
former D6 – June 23
Edward Ausmus
former D2 – June 24
Bobby Smiley
former D3 – June 24

Walter Sommerer

CO – June 26

Robert Kempker

former D5 – June 26

John Freiling, Sr.

former D3 – June 29

Donald Reese

former D3 – June 29

Elsworth Lawrence

former D9 – July 1

Charles Burton
former D9 – July 3
Donald Tipton
former D4 – July 7
Thomas L Arcadipane
former D7 – July 7
Gerald Dorris
former D9 – July 12
Allen Barton
former D9 – July 12

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