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Memorial Designation Programs


The Missouri General Assembly has statutorily established three memorial designation programs to memorialize certain individuals, events, places or organizations on Missouri’s state highway system. A fee will be charged for participating in the Memorial Designation Programs. The payment covers the cost of constructing, installing and maintaining the sign(s) or marker(s). If the sign or marker is damaged beyond repair or is stolen, the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace the sign or marker during the period specified in the program. These memorial signs and markers are the property of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Listed below are the directions, forms and applications needed to begin each program process. The Department of Transportation shall provide notice of any proposed designation on the state’s highway system by posting the proposal for the designation on the Department’s official website in addition to making available to any representative of the news media or public upon request. For your convenience, a list of the currently proposed designations are listed below.

 

MEMORIAL HIGHWAY AND BRIDGE PROGRAM:Sign

Under certain conditions, and within specific guidelines, Missouri highways and bridges may be named after an individual (deceased 2 years), an event, place or organization. No bridge or section of a highway on the state highway system may be designated after more than one individual, event, place or organization. Each individual, event, place or organization shall only be eligible for one bridge or highway designation. Two signs shall be erected for each highway and bridge designation on the state’s highway system. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission sets the fees for these memorial designation signs. Before contacting your general assembly member or completing an application, please contact the Missouri Department of Transportation, Traffic & Highway Safety Division, at 1-888-275-6636 to confirm availability of the desired section of highway or bridge location. To access the processes for this memorial designation program, please select the link below for more detailed information. 

Currently Proposed Memorial Highway and Bridge Designations

No pending applications at this time.

 

The current fee for two Standard (6’ x 3’) signs is $2,400.00.

The current fee for two Optional (8’ x 3’) signs is $3,200.00.

(The larger, optional, sign accommodates the fallen law enforcement and military soldier’s rank and full name,
which may not fit on the standard (6’ x 3’) signs. These signs have an increase in costs, due to the increase of sign
size and larger post required to support the signs.)

Memorial Highway and Bridge — Legislature Process

Memorial Highway and Bridge — Application Process

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A memorial designation was passed designating a portion of Highway 13 from the intersection of Highway 32 to the intersection of Highway 83 in Polk County as John Playter Memorial Highway. Mr. Playter was one of 82 survivors escaping captivity of the Battan Death March in the Philippines during World War II.

   

HEROES WAY INTERCHANGE PROGRAM:Heroes Way

This program allows for Missouri’s state highway interchanges to bedesignated honoring fallen Missouri heroes who have been killed in action while performing active military duty with the armed forces in Afghanistan or Iraq on or after September 11th, 2001, and who was a resident of Missouri at the time he or she was killed in action. Any individual who is related by marriage, adoption, or consanguinity within the second degree to the member of the United States Armed Forces who was killed in action may apply for an interchange designation. An interchange may only be designated in memory of one fallen solider. Two signs shall be erected for each interchange designation. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission sets the fees for these memorial designation signs. Before completing an application, please contact the Missouri Department of Transportation, Traffic & Highway Safety Division, at 1-888-275-6636 to confirm availability of the desired interchange. To access the process for this memorial designation program, please select the link below for more detailed information.

Currently Proposed Heroes Way Designations

No pending applications at this time.                    

The current fee for two Standard (6’ x 3’) signs is $2,400.00.

The current fee for two Optional (8’ x 3’) signs is $3,200.00.

(The larger, optional, sign accommodates the fallen soldier’s rank and full name, which may not fit on the standard
(6’ x 3’) signs. These signs have an increase in costs, due to the increase of sign size and larger post required to
support the signs.)

Heroes Way Program Information

Heroes Way Frequently Asked Questions

Heroes Way Interchange — Application Process

 

DRUNK DRIVING VICTIM(David's Law) PROGRAM: drunk Driving

This program is for any victim killed by an individual who was shown to have been operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance at the time of the accident on one of Missouri’s state highways allowing for memorial markers to be placed by the Missouri Department of Transportation in honor of the victim who had been killed. A marker shall not be installed in memory of an individual who themselves were intoxicated while also operating a motor vehicle. One marker will be erected as close as possible to the location where the crash occurred. Immediate family members of the deceased victim or any individual having received written consent from an immediate family member to submit an application on his or her behalf may request a memorial marker. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission sets the fees for these memorial designation markers. To access the process for this memorial designation program, please select the link below for more detailed information.

The current fee for one marker is $600.00.

Drunk Driving Victim (David’s Law) — Application Process

 

An alternative to the Drunk Driving Victim (David’s Law) program, families or individuals requesting a marker may consider joining the Adopt-A-Highway program. He or she may choose to pick up litter, mow, and beautify the roadside through landscaping or growing native wildflowers and grasses on Missouri’s roadsides to memorialize their loved one. The benefits of joining the Adopt-A-Highway program, the family will receive two signs verses one marker with the Drunk Driving Victim (David’s Law) program. To learn more information about adopting a section of roadside, please refer to the Adopt-A-Highway program (shown below). 

 

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY PROGRAM:Adopt-A-Highway

The Missouri Adopt-A-Highway program began in 1987. Since beginning, thousands of groups and volunteers have focused on making Missouri’s roadsides cleaner and more attractive for our residents and visitors. With the Missouri Department of Transportation possessing more than 33,685 miles of state highway and only about 6,000 miles adopted, there is still plenty of room for new adopters to join. Adopters can include commercial and private enterprises, civic and non-profit organizations, families and individuals. Families and individuals may choose to adopt in memory of a loved one by listing the loved one’s full name (Example: “In Memory of John P Doe”). This program does not allow slogans, dates, telephone numbers, email addresses or addresses in general on the signs.

Adopters have four options: pick up litter, mow, beautify the roadside through landscaping or grow native wildflowers and grasses on the State’s roadsides.

Adopters will receive a certification of appreciation, a safety training DVD, safety vests, caution flags, trash bags and the program rules. The Missouri Department of Transportation will install the signs with the individual’s name posted on each end of the adopted highway section. The bags of collected litter will be picked up and disposed of by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

To join the Adopt-A-Highway program, call 1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636) and ask for the Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator in your area or for more information regarding the Adopt-A-Highway program, or click here to visit MoDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway website.

 
   
Questions or concerns regarding this memorial designation program, please contact us at:

MoDOT - Traffic & Highway Safety Division

Toll Free:  1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636)

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