July 24, 2014

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Team Spirit Conference Held in Cape Girardeau
Team Spirit

High school students recently gathered at the 20th Annual Team Spirit Conference in Cape Girardeau to celebrate 20 years of saving lives. The participants attended numerous team building workshops July 20-22, as they developed their action plans to promote safe driving habits.

High school students recently gathered at the 20th Annual Team Spirit Conference in Cape Girardeau to celebrate 20 years of saving lives and plan how to promote safe driving behaviors in the future.

The Team Spirit Leadership Training Conference is a peer-to-peer training program designed to empower youth to form an action plan to combat drinking and driving, speeding, lack of seat belt use, and texting and driving.

The conference included Keynote Speaker Dr. Tim Crowley, Director of Counseling at Northwest MO State University, as well as numerous workshops July 20-22.

“Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for youth under the age of 21,” said Sharee Galnore, Team Spirit Coordinator. “While at the training, each team will develop an Action Plan addressing traffic safety concerns identified at their school and in their community. We believe that local people solve local problems. Our goal is to educate and empower teens to make a difference and save lives.”

In addition, a special dinner celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Team Spirit was held July 19 at the Water’s Edge in Gordonville, Mo. Dr. Leanna Depue, Director of MoDOT’s Traffic and Highway Safety Division, was on hand to recognize the program and those who have been instrumental in providing this training program for the past 20 years.

Residents to Discuss Improvements to Route M in Carter County
Example of Proposed Bridge

The new bridge over Pike Creek will look similar to the improvements completed in Wright County on Route H (pictured above). By upgrading the one-lane structure over Pike Creek to a 28-foot wide, two-lane bridge, agricultural traffic will be better accommodated and it will help improve safety for area motorists.

Carter County travelers can expect to see improvements to Route M in summer 2015. A meeting to discuss the project will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Carter County Courthouse, located at 105 Main Street in Van Buren, Mo.

"Visitors can stop-by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. to discuss the details of the improvements with a member of the project team and provide their comments," said Project Manager Pete Berry.

The proposed project includes widening curves, replacing the one-lane bridge over Pike Creek with a 2-lane structure and adding paved shoulders from Route 60 to the end of state maintenance. The project will require right-of-way acquisition in some locations.

"The addition of 2-foot shoulders in this area will enhance safety for travelers," said Berry. "Sight distance will also be improved by widening two curves located north of the Pike Creek bridge, as well as flattening the slopes."

For more information, please contact Berry at (417) 469-6242, Transportation Project Designer Jeff Wachter at (573) 472-5294 or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636). An online meeting, including the meeting handout and an opportunity to comment, is available at:

All Aboard!
Letter Thanks Cagle, Gordon

Dave Nichols

To: Missouri Department of Transportation

I would like to commend two of your employees, Troy Cagle and Tim Gordon.

I am a 74-year-old widow and late afternoon Tuesday, July 17, 2014, I was traveling alone on I-55 and had a blow out right at the Caruthersville exit (MM4). I called 911 who notified the Highway Patrol. Meanwhile, one of your trucks came by to see if I needed help.

Mr. Cagle unloaded all the stuff I had in my trunk—got the “donut” out, which turned out to be no good. He said he had one at his home nearby that would work. So he called his co-worker. Mr. Gordon came and took the blown tire off while Mr. Cagle went to get the tire he had. They put the good tire on, put everything back in my trunk and I was ready to go again.

These men were so courteous & helpful. They really went “above & beyond” for me. Please say “thank you” to them again for me.

With MUCH appreciation,

JoAnn Bradley


The opening of three new train tracks at the Southeast Missouri Port Authority in Scott City also brought a new face, but familiar face to the train conductor’s seat. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 15. During the celebration President of Motive Rail, Inc. Jerry Respondek also gave MoDOT Director Dave Nichols a taste of what it's like to be a conductor by letting him get behind the wheel of a train!

For more info

Nicole Thieret
Customer Relations Manager
Southeast District

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