August 28, 2014

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Calling All SE District Teachers, High School Students
Register by Sept. 9

The Southeast District is sponsoring its 11th annual bridge building competition for high school juniors and seniors! The competition challenges students to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials-15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.

Schools must register by Sept. 9 to compete in the competition. Contest information and registration forms have been mailed to area high schools. If a school is interested in participating and has not received the registration paperwork by Aug. 30, they are encouraged to contact MoDOT. Additionally, an online registration form is available at:

Bridge Competition Video

Click the image above to watch a video of the bridge testing process.

The bridge kits will be delivered to the participating schools on Oct. 6 and 7. Completed bridges will be picked up from participating schools on Nov. 3 and 4.

Bridges entered in the competition will be tested Nov. 20 at Cape West 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau. The lightest bridge to carry the greatest load will ultimately be declared the winner. Prizes will also be awarded for the most aesthetic bridge and to the winner of the electronic bridge competition.

Prizes donated by area businesses and organizations will be awarded to the top bridge building winners.

In addition, MoDOT has partnered with Arkansas State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-Columbia and Southern Illinois University to offer seniors interested in civil engineering up to $10,000 in scholarships.

For more information about the bridge competition, please contact Senior Highway Designer Anita Clark at (573) 472-5292 or, Senior Highway Designer Gretchen Hanks at (573) 472-5294 or, or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636). Photos and videos from prior competitions are available at

'UNITE' at the SEMO District Fair
Arrive Alive

As part of this year's SEMO District Fair in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety will offer distracted and drunk driving education through UNITE's Arrive Alive® Tour. The tour will visit the fair from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7.

UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk and distracted driving.

UNITE's Arrive Alive® program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate students about the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving. The simulator allows students to experience the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving in a controlled environment.

The fair will be held at 410 Kiwanis Drive in Cape Girardeau, Mo., with the UNITE presentation located adjacent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Booth.

For more information about UNITE's Arrive Alive® program, please contact Patrick DeGrasse at 888.436.3394. 

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Campaign
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Press Conference
A press conference to kick-off the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign was held Aug. 13 at the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

A statewide effort to curtail drunk driving through the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign is underway.

On Aug. 13, a press conference was held at the Cape Girardeau Police Department. The campaign stresses the importance of safe and sober driving. The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office DWI enforcement patrol car, the Cape Girardeau Police Department BAT (Breath Alcohol Testing) van and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office DWI enforcement trailer were displayed for the public and media.

“Thirty percent of all traffic fatalities have drinking involved,” said Buddy Davis from the Cape Girardeau Police Department. “This DWI Task force and equipment will go a long way to help getting those impaired drivers off the road.”

Local law enforcement agencies will work together from Aug. 15 through Sept. 1 to generate awareness of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Checkpoints will be set-up throughout Southeast Missouri in an effort to make our roadways safer.

For more information, please visit

Learn More About Upcoming Projects Online
Route 61 Cape Girardeau County, Route Z Wayne County

The Southeast District is currently preparing for two bridge projects that will get underway in 2015. As part of the preparation, the project teams would like to provide local travelers an opportunity to learn more information about the plans.

Information for both projects is available online at

Route 61 Cape Girardeau County   Route Z Wayne County
Route 61 Cape Girardeau County Map   Route Z Wayne County Map
This project will include replacing the Route 61 bridge over Hughes Creek in Cape Girardeau County. The bridge is located approximately two miles north of Route CC and two and a half miles south of Route KK. The new bridge will be 26 feet wide and will better accommodate agricultural traffic than the existing structure. The project will be let in April 2015, with work expected to begin by early summer 2015. Construction will be underway for approximately 3 months. Route 61 will remain closed in the vicinity of the bridge as construction is underway. Property owners adjacent to the bridge will continue to have access to their properties. A marked detour will be provided during construction. Click the image above for more details.  

The project will include improving the bridge on Route Z over McGee Creek, located approximately three miles east of Route T in Wayne County. Construction could begin as early as spring 2015. As construction is underway, Route Z will be closed to traffic in the
vicinity of the bridge. Detour routes will be signed. Click the image above for more details.


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Nicole Thieret
Customer Relations Manager
Southeast District

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