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District 10 Spring 2011 Dear friends:

Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of MoDOT in Motion. With a colorful winter season behind us, MoDOT crews are gearing up for the spring season.

As we begin a new construction season, we will celebrate Work Zone Awareness Week April 7-11. This year, we are hosting a fun run/walk to kick-off the season. To learn more about that, take a look at page 3.

For a snapshot of our upcoming construction projects, take a look at pages 2 & 3. Additionally, our striping season is underway, as you can read about on page 4. Please make sure to watch for work zones signs as you near each project, and thank you for your role in making our roadways safer.

As you are out and about in the coming months, I’d like know how you think we are doing. Following your travels through our work zones, please take time to fill out our Work Zone Survey Form found at

Finally, please buckle up and slow down when you near a work zone. Travel safe.

Mark Shelton, P.E. District Engineer

Bleak Financial Forecast for MoDOT

Uncertainty about future fed- eral funding, declining fuel tax proceeds and increas- ing costs of doing business have spurred the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) to stop adding new projects to its five-year construction budget and to suspend its popular Cost-Share Program. The MHTC voted to do so at its January 8 meeting.

MHTC Vice-Chair Joe Car- michael, Missouri Depart- ment of Transportation (Mo-

DOT) Director Dave Nichols and MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger discussed the foreboding financial future during the annual Missouri Transportation Conference in Jefferson City, cosponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT.

“Believe me when I say this is not what we wanted to do,” Carmichael said. “But when considering the financial

[ INSIDE THIS ISSUE ] SE Missouri Work Zones This Construction Season [ page 2 ] MoDOT’s SE District to Host Work Zone Awareness Run/Walk [ page 3 ] Highway Striping Season Kicks-Off in SE Missouri [ page 4 ] SE Missouri Schools Cash-In on Buckling Up [ page 5 ] MHTC Approves Transportation Plan [ back cover ] Rate Our Work Zones [ back cover ]

forecast for the rest of this decade, we had no choice. We aren’t even going to have enough money to maintain the system we have today.”

The reasons for the funding downturn are many. Fuel tax revenues have become a diminishing revenue stream as cars become more fuel efficient and as people drive less, while the costs of doing business are increasing. Infla- tion has decreased MoDOT’s purchasing power by more than 50 percent. What was 17

cents (state fuel tax per gal- lon) of purchasing power in 1992, the last time fuel taxes were increased, is now about eight cents and decreasing each year.

The cost of asphalt, concrete and steel - the staples of the industry - are as much as 200 percent more than they were in 1992. And employee healthcare and retirement costs have also steadily risen.

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