October 23, 2014

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Employee Meetings, Health & Safety Fairs
Health and Safety Fairs

The Southeast District recently wrapped up the fall 2014 employee meetings/Health and Safety Fairs after holding meetings at Willow Springs, Van Buren, Dexter and Perryville during the week of Oct. 6.

During the meetings, employees not only received an update on statewide news, they also had the opportunity to receive flu shots or health screenings. In addition, a number of booths were set up, such as: benefits, the Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign, Coventry Health Care, Deferred Comp, EAEC, the Employee Association, Highway to Better Health, risk management, Share the Blessing, MO Voluntary Life Insurance and the Bootmobile. 

Assistant Chief Engineer Kathy Harvey also stopped by to attend the SE District’s employee meeting in Perryville.

Left: In addition to a number of informational booths, the SE EAC also had a few volunteers who took a pie in the face to promote the event and participation. Volunteers included: Project Manager Pete Berry at Willow Springs, District Health and Safety Manager Enos Criddle at Van Buren, Maintenance Superintendents Lawrence Schumer and John Tutt at Perryville, and Keith Gentry (pictured) at Dexter.

Congrats to SE Coalition Award Winners Heath, Glenn
Cameron Heath
Courtnie Glenn

Four highway safety statewide award winners and 14 regional award winners were given recognition at the 2014 Blueprint for Safer Roadways Conference recently held in St. Louis. The conference is sponsored by the Missouri Coalition of Roadway Safety, whose goal is to reduce fatalities and disabling injuries on Missouri roads. 

Each region selected an Arrive Alive Award recipient and a Show-Me Safety Award recipient. The Southeast Coalition Region winners are:

- Southeast Regional Coalition Arrive Alive Award winner is Trooper Cameron Heath, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). In Trooper Heath's three years with the MSHP, he has distinguished himself as a traffic safety advocate. Heath presents education programs on seat belt use and distracted driving to local schools and businesses. During 2013, Trooper Heath made 851 arrests and issued 1,097 warnings. Of the 851 arrests made, 69 were driving while intoxicated arrests and 245 were seat belt arrests. He ranked number three out of 84 road officers in total contacts for Troop E.

- Southeast Regional Coalition Show-Me Safety Award winner is Courtnie Glenn, Wright County Health Department. Glenn emphasizes safety to people of all ages with her optimistic and approachable demeanor. She turns subjects such as texting and driving or wearing your seat belt into motivational conversations. From seat belts to teen drivers, motorcycle awareness to car seats, Glenn covers all aspects of driving. Her passion for her work is inspiring and her efforts are saving more Missouri lives.

Six organizations and individuals also received outstanding partner awards. 

Top: Southeast Regional Coalition Arrive Alive Award winner Trooper Cameron Heath, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). Bottom: Southeast Regional Coalition Show-Me Safety Award winner Courtnie Glenn, Wright County Health Department.

Flooding Causes Erosion, Road Closures
KSPR Interview Route 14
KSPR was on the scene during the efforts to stabilize Route 14 and also assisted in getting the information out once the roadway was closed.

Recent rainy weather caused more than a few closed routes in the Southeast District. On Route 14 in Ava, the rain caused erosion that began to undermine the roadway.

The Ava maintenance crew worked through the rain to stabilize the edge of the roadway and surrounding soil. But with continued precipitation in the forecast, it became necessary to close the quarter-mile section of the roadway as a safety precaution on Oct. 10.

Once the heavy rain stopped, crews stabilized the area by placing additional rock and partially overlaying the roadway. By the evening of Oct. 16, the roadway was reopened.

In addition, motorists can expect to see more improvements in this area soon. In mid-November, MoDOT maintenance crews plan to add shoulders to the curved areas of Route 14 in Ava.


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Nicole Thieret
Customer Relations Manager
Southeast District

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