MoDOT COVID-19 Briefing

Last Updated: 10/2/2020 - 11:57 am

 

Travel on Missouri Highways

  • Missouri interstates, roads and bridges remain open to travel.

 

Interstate Rest Areas

  • The state’s interstate highway rest areas remain open to the traveling public and commercial motor carriers. They are being cleaned and disinfected on a more frequent basis.

 

MoDOT Customer Service

  • MoDOT facilities are currently closed to the public.
  • We are keeping lines of communication open with the public through our website – www.modot.org and our customer service centers. 
  • The public can still call our toll-free number - 1-888-275-6636 – 24/7 to speak with a customer service representative to get the latest road conditions or register a road concern.
  • All in-person public hearings and informational and stakeholder meetings are postponed or will be conducted virtually – with associated hard-copy information available upon request.
  • Traveler related information can be found using our interactive Traveler Information Map located at traveler.modot.org/map and via our Traveler Information Map mobile app.

 

Transportation Funding Impacts

  • MoDOT is a provider of critical services to the public and as such we are keeping vital transportation projects and essential state highway maintenance operations moving to the best of our ability.
  • However, lower traffic volumes experienced this spring have meant lower fuel tax revenue. 
  • Actual state highway user revenue for motor fuel, motor vehicle sales and motor vehicle and driver licenses was approximately $38 million less than projected for state fiscal year 2020.
  • To account for the revenue shortfall, the following counter measures were taken in early March.
    • Non-essential purchases for equipment, materials and supplies were delayed saving $9 million. 
    • Replacement hiring of open positions was delayed saving $16 million.
  • In addition, about 1,000 MoDOT employees opted to take a 5% pay cut from mid-June to mid-July, while the remaining employees chose to reduce their work hours and pay by 20 percent for 12 weeks and participate in the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Shared Work Program. The goal of the Shared Work Program is to retain jobs by saving payroll dollars through a reduction in employee hours, while enabling eligibility for unemployment and CARES Act benefits. The Shared Work Program saved the department $14 million.
  • We continue to monitor the situation in Missouri and evaluate how funding shortfalls might affect future projects.
  • We are working with our planning partners, transportation stakeholders and customers to keep them informed as this situation progresses.
  • We remain in close contact with our contracting and consulting partners to assure them that payments to them will not be affected and that we will work with them on specific issues, such as workforce availability, to ensure projects continue to move forward.
  • On Sept. 30, Congress passed a continuing resolution intended to keep the federal government funded at fiscal 2020 funding levels.  The continuing resolution will last until Dec. 11.  The continuing resolution also contains a provision that extends the FAST Act funding and provisions through fiscal year 2021 - a one year extension.
  • The continuing resolution also provides a $10.4 billion general fund transfer to the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund and a $3.2 billion general funds transfer to the Mass Transit Account. The act also provides a $14 billion general fund transfer to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund.

 

MoDOT Program Delivery and Maintenance Operations

  • To reduce personal contact as outlined by CDC and DHSS guidelines, MoDOT is conducting all pre-bid, pre-construction and project public meetings virtually (video or teleconference) until further notice. MoDOT staff is coordinating with industry on the details of these meetings as needed.
  • Contract inspection and administration and consultant and professional services activities continue to move forward, but are being conducted virtually or adhering to social distancing guidelines for interactions.
  • MoDOT is working with its partners in the contracting industry to emphasize the need for social distancing and adherence to other DHSS and CDC guidelines on job sites. A requirement for social distancing has been written into all construction contracts beginning in April.
  • Our statewide highway maintenance operations, such as pothole patching, striping and pavement repair, also continue at present - although under the guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Senior Services and the CDC for social distancing, handwashing, face coverings and so forth. 
  • To this end, we have modified some of our routine operations to ensure social distancing of our employees. If certain operations cannot be performed safely, they may be delayed.

 

MoDOT Internal Operations

  • MoDOT continues to react to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to our employees and operations.
  • We have put our Continuity of Operations Plan in place and have fully activated our Pandemic Response Team and Incident Management Structure to provide a consistent management structure and ensure a safe, coordinated response during this event.
  • We are taking every precaution to protect our employees.
  • While we continue our work to build and maintain the state’s transportation system, we are following all DHSS and CDC guidance. 
  • As such, we have asked those employees called upon to support this function to follow the recommended social distancing, handwashing and face covering guidelines, among all other guidelines. 
  • We are strongly encouraging the use of teleworking, flexible work schedules, and possible temporary reassignments of work locations for employees who have the ability to effectively carry out their duties from home.
  • We are encouraging the use of video and teleconferencing and email and have asked our employees to avoid common work and gathering areas, refrain from sharing work tools, stagger work shifts and constrain face-to-face interactions, among other guidance.

 

Providing Support

  • Several MoDOT facilities are being used to house and distribute critical supplies. MoDOT staff will be helping with distribution of these supplies as needed.

 

Important Reminders

We continue to support the guidance provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in combatting the spread of this virus and offer the following tips:
•    Practice “social distancing” and stay away from others as much as possible.
•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home and away from others if you are sick.
•    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
•    Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces – EPA list of disinfectants
•    Limit travel as much as possible. 
•    Check the Department of Health and Senior Services website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or call their toll-free number - 877-435-8411 - for questions or concerns you might have regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

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