August 27, 2015

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Southeast District Remembers
Rick Davis, Bob Dodd
Rick and Catfish at Rymans

Sadly, the Southeast District’s MoDOT family recently lost two team members within a month of each other.

Senior Maintenance Worker Rick Davis from the Ellsinore shed and Information Systems Manager Bob Dodd passed on July 11 and Aug. 14, respectively. Both Rick and Bob inspired so many of their coworkers and friends with their optimism throughout their battles with cancer.

“Both Rick and Bob were brave and inspiring. They were so upbeat and had positive attitudes when it came to their treatment and doctor visits,” said Roxy Baldridge, SE Financial Services Manager. “I never heard these two men complain about their discomfort or inconvenience caused by their diagnoses.”

While it is a difficult time and Rick and Bob’s absences are already noticed, their legacies continue to live on in the memories and hearts of their friends and fellow coworkers. To celebrate their lives, their coworkers have shared their favorite memories, stories and thoughts. Click the links below to the read the tributes to Rick and Bob.

~ Tribute to Rick Davis ~

~ Tribute to Bob Dodd ~

Bob Dodd

Top right: Rick Davis (right) hopped on stage at Ryman Auditorium with Dewayne "Catfish" Ligons (left). The pair turned the stage set up for photo opps into a chance to perform! Never bashful, Rick continued to play the out-of-tune prop guitar and sing as tourists passed by.

Bottom left: Bob Dodd usually stayed behind the scenes, but in 2008 he stepped on stage to sing Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy. The karaoke performance was part of that year's effort to raise money for the Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign. Click the image to the left or visit to watch his performance!


Southeast Schools Encouraged to Participate in 12th Annual Bridge
Building Competition


It's time for Southeast Missouri high school juniors and seniors to put their bridge building skills to the test at MoDOT's 12th Annual Bridge Building Competition. 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. 8 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 Sept. 1, they are encouraged to contact MoDOT. Additionally, an online registration form is available at:

The bridge kits will be delivered to the participating schools on Oct. 5 and 6. Completed bridges will be picked up from participating schools on Nov. 2 and 3.

Bridge Competition photos
Click the image above to view photos from last year's Bridge Building Competition.

Bridges entered in the competition will be tested Nov. 19 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,, please contact Senior Highway Designer Anita Clark at (573) 472-5292 or Senior Highway Designer Gretchen Hanks at (573) 472-5294. Videos and photos from past competitions are available at


For more info

Nicole Thieret
Communications Manager
Southeast District

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