September 25, 2014

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Bridge Employee Fall Meeting

MoDOT's Bridge division had their fall meeting on Sept. 18 at the Riverside Park Pavilion in Jefferson City. The meeting started with a welcome and introduction by State Bridge Engineer Dennis Heckman, followed by a discussion with BridgeAssistant Chief Engineer Kathy Harvey. Other topics covered included updates from the MoDOT and Patrol Employees’ Retirement System (MPERS) and Employee Benefits, as well as a diversity and inclusion activity.

The group took a moment of silence at 1:31 p.m. to honor those that have fallen for MoDOT’s Day of Remembrance.

Bridge division employees were given an overview of a bridge inspection by Bridge Management Engineer David Koenig and a demonstration of an under bridge inspection truck by Bridge Maintenance Supervisor Steve Ealey and Senior Bridge Maintenance Worker Jesse Elseman.

Wondering how they got this great group photo? Senior Administrative Technician Carol Wieberg bravely perched in the snooper truck to get the shot.

Fall meetings will take place across the state through October. A virtual meeting will be available soon for those who are not able to attend an in-person meeting. Watch the next issue of Connections for more information.

Hermann Celebrates New AMTRAK Station

An AMTRAK Mo River Runner train pulls into the new Hermann station at the September 12 grand opening. All photos can be found on flicker - Celebration Photos.

Hermann is one of 10 stops on AMTRAK’s Missouri River Runner line between St. Louis and Kansas City. However, the quaint Missouri River town known for its wineries was a stop with no station. On Friday, Sept. 12, the town of Hermann, its chamber, AMTRAK and MoDOT celebrated the opening of a train station.

“This station was a long time in the making and took a great deal of effort from many people. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our transportation partners to make this project a success,” said Dion Knipp, a multimodal division staffer who worked on the project.

Visitors will now have a proper station to greet them when they make the AMTRAK stop. For more information on the Missouri River Runner AMTRAK line, visit
Performance Group Transferred to Transportation Planning
MoDOT is fortunate to be a national leader in performance management. In fact, our Tracker publication will be 10 years old in January. That’s given the department a pretty good head start on other DOTs. However with MAP-21, the federal surface transportation act, pushing new national performance measures and targets to MoDOT and its transportation partners, it makes sense to make the best use of department resources to further our performance management efforts.

It’s with that in mind that the performance management and the Tracker responsibilities will be moving from Customer Relations to the Transportation Planning Division. This will help the department establish a stronger link between long range planning, asset management, Tracker and national performance measures, and create a seamless connection between Missouri’s Vision for Transportation and our tangible results and performance measures.

The five performance group employees assigned to Customer Relations (Jim Dickson, Karen Miller, Greg Clarkston, Kelly Backues and Brittany Goetz) will be transferred to the Long Range Planning section of the Transportation Planning Division on Oct. 1. The group will move later this fall to the second floor of our building downtown.
Coventry Wellness Newsletter
NewsletterFocus on Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States. It’s up to parents to teach their kids to eat right and exercise, and if needed, encourage them to lose weight.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. It’s never too late or too early to develop healthy habits. Take some time to focus on healthy eating and a physically active lifestyle. Check out the newsletter for health tips and recipes - Newsletter.
Central Office Happenings

charitable campaignCharitable Campaign Kick-Off

Central Office kicked off the charitable campaign in Jefferson City last week. There were many opportunities for employees to participate from buying lunch to donating money for someone shave their head.

Watch for more opportunities to participate from now through Oct. 24. See all the photos of the kick off on flickr - Kick Off.

softballFirst Annual MoDOT Statewide Slow Pitch Softball Tournament
After being rained out on Sept. 6, the first annual MoDOT Statewide Slow-pitch Softball Tournament was rescheduled to Sept. 20. According to Senior Employee Development Specialist Kevin Kiesling, the tournament was a success.

Ten teams from around the state met at Binder Softball Complex in Jefferson City to play in a fun and friendly competition.

"The weather was great and it was a great opportunity for employees to interact with each other from around the state." said Kiesling. Tournament champions were the Sliding Slabs, pictured above.

More photos can be found on flickr - Tournament

ADAADA Awareness Training
Senior Management Team had the opportunity to see the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements on city streets, when they navigated the downtown Jefferson City area as a person with physical limitations.

The exercise was designed to help the team be more personally aware about how MoDOT project decisions, especially our project design, affects those with disabilities. It gave the team a new perspective on the importance of the ADA requirements.

flu shotFlu Shots Offered
Central Office employees can register on SharePoint to receive their flu shot - Sign up for flu shots.

Click on the link and select the day, time and location that best fits your schedule. Type your name in the location and time slot of your choice. To protect your privacy, once you have entered your name, hit the refresh button so your name will appear as XXXXXX. Be sure to write down the date and time you selected because you will not be able to see your name after refreshing and leaving the page.

  • All employees are encouraged to participate because vaccination is the best protection from the flu.
  • Employees with MoDOT medical insurance need to bring their insurance cards with them.
  • Coventry will be billed directly and will pay 100 percent under preventative services. If you forget your card you will have to pay $26 and then submit the claim form for reimbursement.
  • Employees not covered by MoDOT medical insurance will need to pay $26 to receive the shot (payment is due at the time, cash or checks are accepted).
  • Employees will complete a consent form before receiving the shot (available at each location).
  • Employees will soon be receiving an email with this information.
Date Location Time
10/14 105 West Capitol Ave. - Room 206 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
10/15 601 West Main - Training Room B 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
10/15 1617 Missouri Blvd. - 2nd Floor Conf. Room 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
10/20 830 MoDOT Dr. - Gold Room 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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