March 26, 2015

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Employees, Customers Encouraged to Take Part in NWZAW
Nathan Hunt Work Zone Awareness Interview
Click the image above to watch a clip from Maintenance Supervisor Nathan Hunt's interview with KFVS12.

With National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) in full swing, the Southeast District planned a number of ways for employees and customers to participate. The events serve as a way to celebrate safety successes with fellow employees, as well as remind the public that another maintenance and construction season is ahead.

The week kicked-off with outreach to the district’s local media outlets. Maintenance Supervisor Nathan Hunt interviewed with KFVS12 on Monday and stressed that motorists need to pay attention while driving. With winter operations coming to an end, drivers can expect to encounter various types of work zones. Pothole repair, debris removal, mowing and striping operations are getting underway. For example, work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

On Tuesday, the events took a more internal focus with employees encouraged to share lunch and discuss safety. A potluck was held at the District Office in Sikeston, and employees were encouraged to join in by bringing their favorite orange food!

Work Zone Awareness Photos

The Southeast District has received several great additions to the Work Zone Awareness Wall of Fame. There is still time to send your photos to!

Wednesday's event included holding a safety breakfast in the Regional Office in Willow Springs with Assistant District Engineer Chris Rutledge giving a quick safety talk. In addition, close call stories from employees were shared via Facebook throughout the day. The stories helped provide a personal perspective of what it's like working on Missouri’s roadways.

Employees watched the work zone safety edition of Weekly MoDOT Connections on Thursday. This week’s information included three riddles in honor of NWZAW!

The release of the Work Zone Awareness Wall of Fame will conclude the events this Friday (March 27). Employees, customers and partners are encouraged to send in their “Orange Out” photos throughout the week. If you have a photo of yourself, pet or child sporting orange, please send it to by 2 p.m. Friday.


Southeast District Discusses Importance

of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Conference
The Southeast District held its Regional Diversity and Inclusion Conference March 16, in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The Southeast District held its Regional Diversity and Inclusion Conference on March 16, in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Many Southeast District employees attended the training. Dr. Tim Crowley and Ashley Gray spoke about diversity and inclusion to the group.

Crowley is the CIO and founder of CROWLEY LEADERSHIP, Inc. He is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer and business leader. With over 1,700 presentations under his belt, Dr. Crowley spoke to the group about how to “Enjoy Life – This is not a dress rehearsal!”  He also talked about different personality types and how to work with others who may not accomplish tasks in the same way as others.

Gray, Coordinator of Student Involvement and Leadership for Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University in St. Louis, discussed “The Mosaic Project.” She explained that every person has a unique background and to celebrate and learn about those differences.

Rudy Nickens, MoDOT's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Director, closed the day by encouraging those in attendance to use the information learned to better understand the many differences that make everyone unique.


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Nicole Thieret
Customer Relations Manager
Southeast District

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