At a time when the nation and Missouri wrestle with how to fund its future transportation needs, this effort must be focused not only on new technologies but new means of funding transportation investment.
We invite industry, institutions and individuals to reach out with their ideas.
We are just now getting a glimpse of the new technologies that could serve as the basis for future highways. Innovations like GPS systems, autonomous vehicles, alternative fuels, new construction materials and computer-enhanced "smart" roads are changing the way we travel. We must build on this rising tide of new technology.
Road to Tomorrow presents the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission a six-month update on innovations that have been submitted to the team at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.
Missouri has always been at the vanguard of America's transportation system. From the earliest days of the nation’s westward expansion to the first length of the nation's interstate highway network, the Show-Me State has led the way.
Steps we are taking today start us down the road to find ways to add value to our transportation system, enhance our funding streams, and prepare MoDOT to integrate 21st century technologies into our transportation system and services
The Historic Route 66 Welcome Center at Conway, MO – will be the home of an alternative energy project! To get the most from our project, MoDOT is considering the first DOT crowdfunding effort.
Internet of Things would provide revenue for Missouri’s transportation system in exchange for the use of MHTC assets for innovative technology purposes along various routes.
Smart pavement provides a suite of digital, communication and information services to MoDOT, motor carriers and other commercial fleet operators and private drivers on a subscription basis to enable sustainable, self-funded infrastructure assets for public owners.
Platooning is wireless connectivity between commercial trucks that would allow for the second truck to follow at a close distance for better fuel economy and enhanced safety. Legislation was passed this year to allow MoDOT and the Commission to create a pilot program.
MoDOT executed a unique contract with Missouri S&T to identify ‘non-traditional’ funding grants. This will produce long term benefits by training MoDOT staff how to identify grant opportunities and complete successful applications.
By working together across the Federal government and with the private sector, we can ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to charging stations at home, at work, and on the road – creating a new way of thinking about transportation that will drive America forward.
The use of trucks transferring trains during mandated down-time to increase overall efficiency and reduce damage to roadways.
Varieties of new tolling structures, HOV-lanes, and user taxes all requiring statutory or constituational changes.
Selling the right to advertise on the public right of way.
Tom Blair is glad to be serving the transportation needs of the St. Louis Metro District as the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Assistant District Engineer responsible for Operations. He is responsible for all maintenance operations, traffic engineering, and real-time transportation services (such as Motorist Assist). In his capacity he works with multiple external partners in an effort to provide a world-class transportation experience that delights our customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.
Bob Brendel is special assignments coordinator within MoDOT’s Communications Division in Jefferson City. As part of the I-70 SEIS, MoDOT used an online public meeting for the first time, an outreach technique that has since been used on many other projects. For that effort, Brendel won three awards– the Governor’s Award for Quality and Productivity, an AASHTO Skills Award for the nation’s best public involvement approach, and the Chief Engineer’s Award for innovation.
Kellen Burns joined the MoDOT team in 2013 as the agency’s web manager. In this capacity he oversees a statewide website consisting of more than 15,000 pages. Burns leads all of MoDOT’s communication tech efforts, including mobile apps, the Traveler Information App, MoDOT Now, SharePoint and the E Update notification system. With a background in marketing and business, Kellen leverages his knowledge of technology to stay on top of trends and outreach developments to ensure MoDOT is on the cutting edge of communications tech.
Jen Harper is a professional engineer licensed in Missouri as well as a certified project manager. She has been with MoDOT for 12 years, 3 years as a Bridge Designer and 9 as a Research Engineer. As part of the research section Jen has worked with innovative products and solutions to help move MoDOT forward. She is also part of the Innovation Challenge Team that developed an annual program to seek out innovative products, projects, and processes implemented by MoDOT staff. Jen is the MoDOT coordinator for the Federal Highway Program, Every Day Counts, which facilitates deployment of innovative techniques to shorten project delivery, enhance roadway safety, reduce congestion and improve environmental sustainability.
Jon Nelson is a Design Liaison Engineer for MoDOT’s Design Division. During his 13 years with MoDOT, Jon has held positions related to materials inspection, traffic safety, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), highway operations, and project development. Most of Jon’s experience has come in a statewide role where he works with each of MoDOT’s seven districts to identify and implement best practices and process improvements. In these roles, Jon often seeks to leverage technology and innovative solutions to improve the safety, reliability, and convenience of Missouri’s transportation system. He also routinely works with multiple partners and stakeholders to resolve issues and achieve results. Jon is a registered Professional Engineer and a 2003 graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia.
James Pflum began his career working for the Missouri Department of Transportation after graduating from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2009 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He began his career as a Construction Inspector in the Kansas City District. He then moved from traditional design-bid build to the design-build world, working on the Manchester Bridge project for over a year. During this time, he was involved with transitioning from procurement of a contractor through design and ultimately construction of the project. From the Manchester Project, he moved back to a project office where he is currently a Resident Engineer.
He has committed his time while at MoDOT to finding innovative ways for the organization operate. This has ranged from implementing new technology for daily use by inspectors, to understanding how different bidding practices (design-build) can help the department receive the best product for the money spent.