|by Robert Brendel
Senior Managers Approve Record Number
of Employee Best Practices
|by Jim Dickson
|Temporary mailboxes, submitted by the Northeast District, is one of the 46 best practices being shared across the state.
Thanks to a good showing by districts and divisions at the Innovations Showcase in April, MoDOT’s Senior Management team recently approved a record number of best practices. A total of 46 best practices have been added to the online database, which eclipses the previous high-water mark of 28 set in 2014. What’s more, for the third year in a row, every district and the Central Office had at least one best practice approved. The hotbeds for innovation during the past year were the Central Office claiming a total of 10 best practices, the Southwest District with nine and the St. Louis District with seven best practices.
All 57 showcase innovations were evaluated by district and division experts and submitted for consideration by the Senior Management Team. Three showcase innovations are being evaluated further.
Here’s a breakdown of all 46 best practices approved so far this year.
2015 Approved Best Practices
Adjustable Guardrail (Southwest District)
Aggregate and Concrete Tracker (Kansas City District)
Automated Horizontal Curve Inventory (Central Office)
Back2Basics Videos (Central Office)
CMP Clamp (Southwest District)
Crash Trend Spreadsheet (Northwest District)
Electronic Bidding and Contracting (Central Office)
Follow-Up Form (Northwest District)
Gear Box Shaft Bit Attachment (Central District)
GPS Roadside Obstacle Marker (Southeast District)
Hover Trimmer (Central District)
Hydraulic Geometric Data Process (Central Office)
KC News Network (Kansas City District)
LED Snow Plow Lights (Northwest)
Lighted ATV Whip on Tow Plow (Southwest District)
Live Traffic Data (Central Office)
Material Loader (Southeast District)
MCS Safety Audit Process (Central Office)
Median Barrier Wall Modification (Northeast District)
Multi-Use Snow Removal Truck (Southeast District)
One-Time Bridge Delineator (Southwest District)
Paperless Bridge Memo (Central Office)
Project Tracking Master (Southwest District)
|Pull Paver Shaker (Southwest District)
Reflective Advance Warning Flags (St. Louis District)
Request for Environmental Services (Central Office)
Road Closed Flip Sign (Southeast District)
SAMII PE Number Request Application (Central Office)
Scratch and Chip (Northwest District)
SharePoint CUF Forms (Southwest District)
Sign Base Cleaner (Kansas City District)
Sign Post Driver (St. Louis District)
Snow Personnel Database (St. Louis District)
Socket Wrench Attachment (St. Louis District)
State Map GIS Conversion (Central Office)
Stow Assist Light (Northeast District)
Striped Roundabout (Central District)
Striping Bead Filter (Kansas City District)
Striping Database (Central District)
Tailgate Chipper (Southwest District)
Temporary Mailboxes (Northeast District)
Tie Rod Savers (Central District)
Tow Plow Camera (Southwest District)
Tow Plow Sign (St. Louis District)
Weathering Steel Washers (St. Louis District)
Wing Plow Strobes (St. Louis District)
You can see photos and plans for all MoDOT best practices online at the Innovations Challenge SharePoint Page.
This year’s challenge doesn’t officially start until August 1, but employees can submit innovations anytime. If you’ve found a way to do your work better, faster or cheaper, take a minute to complete the Innovations Challenge submission form on the Innovations Challenge SharePoint Page.
Introducing MoDOT U
|by Kristen Bagwill
|We are so excited to announce that your learning management system (LMS) has been upgraded with a brand new and improved system, called MoDOT U! MoDOT U replaces the LMS Student Center as your one-stop-shop for all things learning, training and career development. It is an easy-to-use system with enhanced, user-friendly features like videos and new, interactive online training classes that were carefully chosen and geared toward your needs. MoDOT U can be viewed from any MoDOT computer, or even on your smart phone or tablet!
Get started by watching this short intro video – Intro to MoDOT U.
View a "how to" flier - How to MoDOT U.
Click here to access the system, then save the link to your favorites – MoDOT U.
To celebrate the MoDOT U launch, we’re focusing on you and our MoDOT priorities of outstanding customer service and safety. There are many great online classes, which you can find using the catalog or search tabs within MoDOT U, like these:
- Getting Started with Excel 2010 (1 hour) - Many of us use Excel daily. If you need some help getting started, this class is for you.
- The Dangers of Multitasking (12 minutes) – How many times do you get interrupted while trying to complete a task at work? This short class will give you pointers for prioritizing work and focusing on the task at hand.
- Back Safety and Injury Prevention (30 minutes) – Keep yourself safe and your back healthy by using good lifting practices, posture, and other safe back practices.
- Customer Service Processes and Procedures (3 hours) – This longer class goes in-depth into good customer service practices.
- Listening to Improve Conversation (6 minutes) – Who doesn’t have 6 minutes to learn how to better listen to coworkers and improve relationships through meaningful conversations?
There is a wide range of online courses available to fit any schedule and to help you build your skills.
Questions? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you get started - Kristen.Bagwill@modot.mo.gov or Amanda.Wood@modot.mo.gov.
State Transportation Program Focuses
on Fewer Projects, Taking Care of
Roads and Bridges
|by Bob Brendel
Missouri’s ability to invest in its roads and bridges continues to shrink, and that means fewer projects to keep them in good condition.
Today, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – its five-year list of projects that are planned by state and regional agencies. The draft STIP was released in May for public review and comment.
This STIP most notably is concentrated on keeping Missouri’s primary system – some 8,000 miles of highways – in good condition. That’s a reflection of contractor awards that drop from $596 million in 2016 to $325 million in 2017 and beyond. But it requires an investment of $485 million annually to keep Missouri’s entire system in the condition it is in today.
The reality that available resources were soon going to fall behind the need spurred the Commission to adopt “Missouri’s 325 System” in February and this STIP was constructed with that in mind. While existing projects remain commitments, any new projects will be limited to maintaining the 8,000 miles of primary routes in the condition they are in today. The remaining 26,000 miles will receive limited routine maintenance only.
“This year, the draft STIP demonstrates the commitment MoDOT has made to projects that focus on primary routes and taking care of the existing highway system,” said MoDOT Interim Director Roberta Broeker. “As the construction budget gets smaller each year, projects in the STIP must reflect only the most essential transportation needs.”
The total number of projects in this STIP’s five-year highway and bridge construction schedule is 577. That’s a decrease of 246 projects from last year’s final STIP.
Several years ago, the STIP contained over $1 billion of road and bridge construction projects each year, generating jobs, boosting the economy and expanding the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across the state and the country. With diminishing fuel tax revenues and the ever-increasing cost of materials, that scenario is out of reach.
“Despite the progress of the last 10 years, 2017 will bring the funding shortfall MoDOT has predicted for years,” said Broeker. “The ramifications of that shortfall will extend to every region of the state and the impact will be significant in terms of safety and economic growth.”
The 2016-2020 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2016 through 2020 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020).
|by Patrick Wood
Take Advantage of Your Benefits
2015 MoDOT & MSHP Wellness Incentive Program
|By Robin Gammon Health Education Coordinator, Coventry Health Care
| Did you know MoDOT and the Missouri State Highway Patrol medical plan covers 100 percent of your routine screenings and preventive services? Employees are encouraged to take advantage of this. We’ve also chosen a wellness incentive program for active employees who have our medical insurance.
What is the wellness incentive program?
If you have an office visit or service processed as “preventive care” in 2015, you will have a chance to win a $50 prepaid gift card. And, a select number of winners will receive a $100 gift card! We recently gave out our first round of cards, but it’s not too late. We will give away cards two more times before the end of the year.
How do I become eligible for a gift card?
All you need to do is get your preventive checkup or screening and we’ll do the rest. We will contact winners via email or over the phone.
Ready to get started? Contact your physician’s office to schedule a preventive screening or checkup. If you need help finding a physician in your network, follow these steps:
- Go to our website at www.modot-mshp-cvty.com.
- Click on “Locate a Provider” at the top of the page or the button in the center.
- Scroll down and click on “Enter Provider Search.”
- Enter ZIP code or search by name, facility, specialty or condition (narrow your search by distance, type of provider or specialty).
For complete rules click here - Wellness Incentive Program.
Stay Connected - MoDOT and MSHP
Total Wellness Facebook Page
MoDOT and MSHP Total Wellness created a new Facebook page. On this page you will find recipes, videos, events, and articles to help you improve your health and well being.
Like us on Facebook by searching MoDOT and MSHP Total Wellness or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/modotmshptotalwellness
Don't Lose Your Independence This Holiday Law Enforcement Seeking Impaired Drivers
Over Independence Day Holiday
|by Kelly Jackson
| If you're thinking about driving impaired this week, the red, white and blue flashing lights of your Independence Day holiday may be those of a patrol car - and the view of the fireworks is not so good from a local jail cell.
The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to substance-impaired driving crashes. Local law enforcement will be out in full force July 3-5 seeking impaired drivers through increased sobriety checkpoints, roving and saturation patrols, and other enforcement methods. There are no warnings and no excuses. If you drive impaired you will be arrested. Don't risk losing your independence by choosing to drink and drive.
"One fatality on our highways is too many, and there is no excuse for driving while you are impaired," said Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "Over the 2014 July holiday, troopers arrested 155 people who made the decision to drink and drive and put others at risk. If you're going to include alcohol in your holiday plans, choose a sober designated driver."
Often, people have a hard time recuperating financially from the cost of an arrest or the crash itself. Violators risk killing or harming others, face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work.
The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recommends these simple tips to avoid a drunk-driving disaster:
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
- If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to call local law enforcement.
- Always wear your seat belt. It's your best defense in any traffic crash.
For more information, visit http://www.savemolives.com/, or on Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.
More Discounts for State Employees
The Office of Administration has more offers and discounts for state employees, including a discounted hotel stay at the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis for select dates, Six Flags, Silver Dollar City and Oceans of Fun discounts, and many other discounts to fun family attractions around the state.
Click here for all the details – Discounts.
EAC Minutes Available
Minutes from the Employee Advisory Council's May meeting have been posted on the EAC SharePoint site. You can access them by using this link May 2015 EAC minutes.pdf.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the EAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An updated version of “Meet MoDOT” has been posted to the website. You can view the new version here - Meet MoDOT.
|July Service Anniversaries
| 30 Years
Larry F. Rohr - SL
David L. Prock - SE
Edward Lynn Cole - SE
Jeffery R. Campbell - CO
Donna A. Wilbers - CO
Jeffrey S. King - NW
Teresa Ann Krenning - SL
Gregory Mezinis - SL
John Anthony Avers - SW
Joseph Franklin Crader - SE
Bryan S. Bailey - NW
John Kyle Dinsmore - NW
Tanya Marie Carlisle - NE
John David Ortner - KC
Brent David Humphrey - CD
Ronald H. Mize - SL
Danny Gene Shoemaker - SW
Randy J. Ballew - SE
Deborah K. Jaegers - CO
Douglas John Hood - CO
Craig A. Elmore - NW
Robert Alan Kish - NW
Quentin G. Holcomb - NW
David A. Campbell - NW
Scott Dee Stephens - NW
Nicole Ilene Smith - NW
David Ray Yarnell - NW
Anthony E. Forrest - NE
Andrew K. Long - NE
James Richard Davis - NE
Clinton D. Ford - NE
Marion D. Thurman - NE
David Lee Warmouth - KC
Robert Lee Merritt - CD
Keith M. Harangozo - SL
Marshall Dean Miller - SW
Rebecca S. Walsh - SW
William C. Reidlinger - SW
Blaine M. Doss - SW
Brian Edward Proctor - SW
Mark L. Clark - SE
Clint A. Younger - SE
Norman L. Clark - SE
Jody Lynn Mills - SE
Jeffrey R. Pycke - KC
Brenda Kay Williams - KC
Jason Daniel Pemberton - CD
Randall Wayne Vandelicht - CD
Terry Joseph Keehn - SL
Paula B. Fuhro - SL
Lee Q. Williams - SL
Joseph David Pinson - SL
Clint D. Eidson - SW
William D. Thorp - SW
Sandra Jean Vincent - SW
Charles Eric Wilson - SE
Sheryl A. Wunderlich - SE
Michael D. Libby - SE
Ricky Lee Crabb - SE
Earl Eugene Swift - SE
Zachary Quinn Honse - CO
Stewart C. Strong - CO
Tommy L. McKenzie - SL
Keith Alfred Wright - SL
Gregory P. Hatch - SL
Jeffrey M. Besaw - SW