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September 11, 2014

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Champ Clark Bridge Undergoes Inspection

Champ Clark Inspections

The snooper truck from the Jefferson City Bridge Crew performed its annual inspection last month on the Champ Clark Bridge.

A bridge that's more than 80 years old, has a few creaks, a little rust, and even maybe a pothole or two...

As MoDOT continues to focus its effort on maintenance of the Champ Clark bridge until funding for a replacement becomes available, a contract has been selected to perform any needed repairs over the next year. The bridge is scheduled for expansion joint repair as soon as the materials become available.

An environmental assessment is being done on the bridge, and recently, a group of MoDOT engineers and environmental staff traveled to Springfield, Ill to present their recommendation on the location of a new bridge to the Federal Highway Administration and other agencies involved in the environmental process, including the Illinois Department of Transportation. If the recommendation is approved, the EA process could wrap up as early as next spring.  However, no funding has been identified to build a new bridge.


Safety Campaign Doubles Participants

The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety, the Just Drive Logo

Iowa Department of Transportation, KTVO and other sponsors have been focusing on safe driving messages since March to help area residents "Just Drive".

This was the second time the five-month campaign was offered, and participation more than doubled. They had 867 pledges during the campaign this time compared with just over 400 during the inaugural campaign last fall.

The campaign encouraged drivers of all ages to take the pledge to "Just Drive". Prizes were given away monthly in a random drawing.  Also included in the campaign were school assemblies. Kayle Deny with Think First Missouri spoke to students at each school. This year one was held at Schuyler County High School and Putnam County High School (in the KTVO viewing area, but in the Northwest District).


Around the District. ..

Truman State Student Event

Brian Haeffner Graduation

Kevin Rhodes, outreach coordinator, and Marisa Christy-Kerns, customer relations, attended Truman State University's new student welcome event in Kirksville on Sunday, Sept. 7 on behalf of the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety.  Students' knowledge of roadway safety was tested to win t-shirts and other goodies.

Brian Haeffner, area engineer, recently graduated from "Leadership Mexico," a program sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce to help new residents in the area become familiar with they many services Mexico has to offer. "The program provided great background on the history of Mexico and insight into the current state of the community. Contacts and relationships developed through the program will also be invaluable in the future," said Haeffner.
 
 
 

For more info

Marisa Brown-Ellison
Customer Relations Manager
Northeast District
573.248.2502
Marisa.Ellison@modot.mo.gov

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