October 9, 2014

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MoDOT Celebrates the Opening of the First Half of Route 364

MoDOT and its joint venture partner, Page Constructors, celebrated the opening of the first half of the new Route 364/Page Phase 3 project on Saturday, Oct. 4 with a 5K run, public viewing of the new road and a ribbon cutting.

364 Page Runners on Opening Day
More than 200 runners take part in the One Shot and Done 5K run.
364 Team Area Pic
MoDOT and Page Constructors team members celebrate the opening of the new road.

St. Louis Engineer Addresses Mature Driving at Safety Coalition Conference

Shirley Norris, a St. Louis engineer and MoDOT’s oldest employee, sat on a panel addressing mature driving safety at the Missouri Blueprint Coalition Conference in downtown St. Louis last week. The 84-year-old was one of four drivers that shared stories and answered questions about the potential risks drivers face at advanced ages.

“Raising awareness to this topic is a very timely matter to bring to the Missouri Safety Coalition. This is relevant to all generations because people are living a lot longer now,” said Norris from the panel.

Shirly Norris 84, SL Engineer
Shirley Norris speaks at the Missouri Blueprint Coalition Conference about the challenges mature drivers face.

In the next 20 years the number of mature drivers (persons 70 & over) is predicted to triple in the United States. As people age, they begin to lose some of the abilities that enabled them to drive easily. Difficulties with sight, hearing, mental ability and physical agility can impair driving skills.

Studies show that mature drivers are less likely than other drivers to be in crashes involving high speeds or alcohol, but they are more likely to crash at intersections where they miss a stop sign or turn left in front of oncoming traffic.

More and more adults are being faced with making the decision to take the keys away from an elderly parent, which in some cases also takes away the sense of independence.

“I know that eventually that day will come that I will be asked to hand over my keys. I will oblige because I trust my children’s judgment. However, that would have a major impact on my lifestyle. It opens a whole new world of having to plan and figure out how to get around on a daily basis,” said Norris.

Public transportation is not always the best option for the elderly when some can also be faced with physical challenges. Alternative transportation for seniors is offered as another solution, but some of these organizations ask for up to a two week notice in advance.

“I take precautions and do not drive at night or in unfavorable weather conditions. That is why I am so grateful for my MoDOT family and position which enables me to work from my laptop at home when such conditions arise. Therefore, I will continue to take the best care of myself so that I can keep driving,” said Norris.

Norris will be celebrating her 85th birthday in February and has no intentions on retiring anytime soon.


St. Louis Maintenance Worker Earns Safety Recognition

Luke Meese August Safety Employee
Luke Meese (right) receives safety recognition from district engineer Greg Horn (left) at the staff meeting on Sept. 30.

Luke Meese, a Sunset Hills maintenance worker, never stops short of ensuring that his co-workers are properly trained to avoid injuries. Because of his ongoing actions and commitment to safety, he has earned recognition as the Safety Employee for August.

Safety at Work

Employees that work with Meese describe his knowledge of maintenance equipment as phenomenal. He is known to allocate time to coach newer employees on properly using and maintaining the MoDOT equipment.

“Luke is a team player. He takes out the time to make sure that everybody around him and the equipment they use is safe. He is outstanding and topnotch,” said co-worker Earl Catching Jr.

As employee of the month, Meese will receive a safety PPE bag, 2 hours or paid time off,  Employee of the Month certificate and a month of district fame and recognition.

For more information or to nominate an employee for Safety Employee of the Month recognition, please contact a risk management representative.


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Marie Elliott
Customer Relations Manager
St. Louis District

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