D10’s Safe & Sound Team Achieves Program Milestones
This fall, the Southeast District’s Safe & Sound team achieved two milestones while improving bridges across the state.
On Nov. 17, the Route 153 bridge over Drainage Ditch No. 7 in New Madrid County opened to traffic marking the halfway point of the Southeast District’s bridge improvement pro- gram.
“The Route 153 bridge is the 43th bridge to receive improve- ments,” said Southeast Regional Field Engineer Andy Meyer.
He explained 86 Southeast District bridges are included in the Safe & Sound Program’s plan to improve over 800 bridges statewide by the end of 2013.
“We are making great progress on the Safe & Sound pro- gram,” said Meyer. “The statewide Safe & Sound team is cur- rently opening an improved bridge almost every two days.”
The team achieved its second program milestone when open- ing the Route Z bridge over Drainage Ditch No. 2 in Scott County. This project marked the 300th bridge in the state completed through the Safe & Sound program.
By the end of the year, the Safe & Sound team estimates a total of 325 to 330 bridges will be opened to traffic statewide. Next year, the program will pursue an even more aggressive schedule—tackling more than 330 bridge projects in 2011.
Plans are underway to wrap up the Southeast District’s por- tion of the program by the end of 2011.
“We expect to have completed improvements on 50 Safe & Sound bridges in Southeast Missouri by the end of this year,” said Meyer. “The 36 remaining bridges are currently sched- uled to be completed next year.”
The opening of the Route 153 bridge over Drainage Ditch No. 7 in New Madrid County marks D10’s halfway point in the Safe & Sound program.
For more information, please contact Meyer at (573) 472- 5296, Assistant Resident Engineer David Wyman at (573) 840-9781 or 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or visit www. modot.org/southeast/safeandsound.htm
MoDOT Holds Johnny Lee Hays Memorial Highway Dedication
Current and retired MoDOT employees, family and friends joined to cel- ebrate the naming of the Johnny Lee Hays Memorial Highway in Decem- ber.
Hays worked for MoDOT as a maintenance shed foreman. In 2001, he was injured in a work related accident. In 2003, he retired after 34 years of service. Hays is the first Southeast District MoDOT employee to receive a memorial highway in his honor.
Speakers at the ceremony included: • Missouri Representative Terry Swinger, District 162 • Mr. Scott Meyer, Cape Girardeau City Manager (Former Southeast Dis- trict Engineer) • Mr. Don (Butch) Anderson, Retired MoDOT Employee • Mrs. Charlotte Hays • MoDOT Southeast District Engineer Mark Shelton
Mr. Butch Anderson and Mrs. Charlotte Hays spoke at the Johnny Lee Hays Memorial Highway Dedication. To watch videos and view photos from the event, please visit: http://www.modot.org/southeast/news_and_infor-
Senator Robert Mayer and Representative Tom Todd sponsored the legislation, naming the portion of Highway 53 in Butler County from the city limits of Qulin to one mile south of the city limits the Johnny Lee Hays Memorial Highway.
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