July 2, 2015

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!


Rain fall has continued to pour throughout northeast Missouri over the last couple of weeks. With all of this rain water, has come a significant amount of flooding. Not only has the flood water caused damage to roads and bridges, but it has also closed many of the highly traveled roads in northeast Missouri. At one point, fifty roads in the northeast were closed due to high water levels along the roadways. MoDOT’s Communications team was hard at work developing communication plans for these closures and assisting travelers in their routes across the state.

One of the heavily impacted roads was U.S. Highway 61 just north of Troy over the Cuivre River. While this highly traveled road being closed was problematic enough, other issues also arose. Both the north and southbound lanes were closed several times over the last few weeks due to flooding and scour on the bridges. Detours were set up in the area in order to keep traffic moving, but the more it rained, the more roads that had to closed, including areas of Missouri Route 79. This created problems for MoDOT and motorists because Missouri Route 79 was being used as a detour route (as it often is) for U.S. 61, and its closure rerouting traffic more difficult.

Following the closure of U.S. 61 at Troy, U.S. 61 at Taylor also had to be closed due to an unanticipated levee break. MoDOT quickly managed to reroute drivers to Missouri Route C and Missouri Route 6 as a detour. But of course, when it rains, it pours; a semi accident occurred on Route C shortly after it was made to a detour, thus closing that route for some time as well.

Amidst all of this flooding trouble, MoDOT employees have been hard at work answering travelers’ questions, providing safe alternate routes, and keeping travelers informed on conditions of the roadways. This was in part done through the use of our phone system, press releases, and especially through social media. The Northeast District’s Facebook page gained over 600 new likes in the last couple of weeks alone, and many of the customers we assisted contacted us through Facebook.

MoDOT received many thanks and encouraging words for all of the hard work on behalf of all employees including, “Thank you for keeping us up to date! Much appreciated!” Another post in regards to the re-opening of U.S. 61 at Taylor stated, “Let’s hear it for those that worked to get this done!” This hard work among all of the MoDOT employees has definitely not gone unrecognized, and we should be proud!

U.S. 61 at Taylor   Flooding in Knox County on MO 156


More New Summer Faces

Over the summer, there will be new faces around the district. The Northeast District has six interns joining us for the next few months.  We wanted to take a moment and feature these individuals over the next few weeks.  This week's two featured interns are Brandon Colbert and Luke Still.

Brady BogeartBrady Bogeart

Brady is an intern in the Risk Management department. He is originally from Atlanta, Missouri. He is studying crisis and disaster management/safety management at the University of Central Missouri. This summer he wants to learn how to make the work environment more safe so that no one gets hurt or injured.

In his free time, Brady enjoys hunting, fishing and watching sports.





Andy Killen Andy Killen

Andy is an intern at the Macon Project Office. He is originally from Leonard, Missouri. Andy is studying Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri - Columbia.   He hopes that his time at MoDOT will help him learn more about the jobs and responsibilities of a civil engineer.

Andy enjoys all outdoor activities and is a big sports fan.

Around the District...

U.S 61 Salt River Bridge   Gratz Brown Elementary

A dump truck (not ours) pulling a trailer and a back hoe went over the edge of the Salt River Bridge on U.S. 61 south of Hannibal leaving the dump truck suspended and the trailer caught on the guardrail. Thankfully no one was seriously injured. The bridge was shut down to remove the vehicles and the next day while the guardrail was repaired.

  Heather Buchanan, an outreach coordinator for the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety, and Mike Wood (Buckles), from Paris maintenance , spoke to students at Gratz Brown Elementary in Moberly about the importance of wearing your seat belt.
RCR Raceway Arrive Alive Event   Macon Drivers Ed
The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety teamed up with Alliance Marketing at Randolph County Raceway on Saturday, June 20 to hand out "tickets" to those wearing their seat belts.  Those eligible received a free t-shirt.  Helping the coalition were Stacy Corbin and Deanna Wiggans, from the Macon County Health Department, and Marisa Christy-Kerns, in communications. Sgt. Brent Bernhardt was also there with the seat belt convincer.   Macon High School started up a driver's education course this summer after not having offered for quite some time.  The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety was able to help these students out with the cost of the course by offering a scholarship to those that successfully completed the class. Pictured above it the 2015 class, along with their instructor Mr. Clint Coffey.



For more info

Marisa Brown-Ellison
Communications Manager
Northeast District


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