July 10, 2014

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TMA Protects Employees From Dangerous Semi Strike

On June 25, one of our Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) trucks was involved in a serious crash last week on I-435 SB south of Front Street.TMA

Kansas City Maintenance crews were setting up a lane drop for the bridge inspection crew and had two TMA’s protecting the crew on foot who were placing channelizers. A semi pulling a car hit the back of the TMA, completely collapsing it. There were no skid marks from the semi.

Without the TMA protecting the MoDOT crew on foot, they may have been seriously injured. The collision moved our vehicle over 100 feet. This is a great example of why keeping the appropriate buffer zone is so important.

The bad news is the driver of the semi sustained serious injuries. The good news is that Kansas City team member, Nelson Jordan, who was operating the TMA was treated and released from the hospital.

See more photos from the TMA strike on the Kansas City Flickr site.


Kansas City District Releases Regional Priorities List for Amendment 7

On July 9, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a list of transportation projects that invest in thebroadway bridge state's transportation future. The total list includes $4.8 billion in transportation projects. While the majority of work focuses on Missouri's roads and bridges, it also incorporates other modes of transportation.

"We will change the landscape in the Kansas City Region within a decade with the almost $900 million worth of projects on this list," said Kansas City District Engineer Dan Niec. "All the projects reflect what Missourians told us they want done: taking care of the transportation system, keeping travelers safe, investing in projects that spur economic growth, creating jobs and giving Missourians better transportation choices. We've worked extensively with our transportation partners and others to make our potential transportation dollars stretch even further by leveraging with local funds."

Delivering the projects outlined in this priorities list will go a long way toward fixing roads and bridges where Missouri's system is already in bad condition. The end result of this work would affect Missourians in every region of the state and help meet the goals set forth in last year's long range transportation plan.

The 48 projects in the Kansas City Region will make improvements in all nine counties and include urban and rural road and bridge upgrades as well as significant transit investment projects, bicycle/pedestrian and freight transportation improvements. Just a few of the specific projects include:

  • replacing the Route 169 Broadway Bridge over the Missouri River in Kansas City,
  • adding lanes and improving bridges on I-435 from Kansas to I-49,
  • adding lanes to I-70 from the Blue Ridge Cut Off to I-470 in Kansas City,
  • providing a fixed funding contribution for the Kansas City Streetcar, and
  • extending the Katy Trail into Kansas City.    

Review the final list online.

Culvert Replacement: Kansas City Crews at Work

Going on a road trip can be fun. That was exactly the experience for members of the Customer Relations team on Tuesday, July 9.  The team will be hitting the road several times in the next few weeks for a friendly meet and greet with MoDOT workers at various maintenance facilities. The goal is to showcase all the great work our crews perform every single day. One of the stops included a scheduled culvert replacement repair in Lafayette County.  

We ventured onto Route O where we met up with a three-man crew. We learned that it takes four to six hours to complete a culvert repair, depending on the size. One of the crew members Chris West, was operating a backhoe to unearth ground for the new pipe, while the old pipe, with its visible cracks and covered in mud, sat off to the side of the road.  

Once West was done with his task the crew would be able to install the new pipe. In all, it would take a new pipe, a load of gravel and a load of asphalt to complete the job.

Check out more photos of Kansas City crews at work on the Kansas City Flickr site.


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For more info

Melissa Black
Customer Relations Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

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