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[ FALL 2014 ]

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the fall 2014 edition of Mo- DOT in Motion. As I reflect on this last year, it has been a busy one for the South- east District. Missourians decided not to pass the Amendment 7 ballot measure in August, and you can read more about that to the right.

On the construction side, we have made

great progress on many of our construction projects over the summer. That work will continue well into the fall. Please read more about that on page two. Additionally on page three, you can learn more about new paving methods we have been utilizing on Route 21.

With the upcoming winter season, our maintenance forces have been busy preparing. So you can have the most up-to- date road conditions, we continuously update road conditions throughout the state on our Traveler Information Map. Learn more about that on page four.

For area high schools, we are offering our most popular high school programs. You can learn more about the 11th Annual Bridge Competition and the Battle of the Belt Challenge on page five.

Thank you for your continued interest in MoDOT and the SE District. Stay Safe and Buckle Up.

Thank you,

Mark Shelton, P.E. District Engineer


SE District Construction Update: Underway & Upcoming Projects [ page 2 ] Innovative Paving Method Used for Route 21 Project [ page 3 ] MoDOT Closes MO 53 Bridge Near Campbell for Replacement [ page 3 ] SE Citizens Honored with Memorial Highway, Bridge [ page 4 ] MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, App [ page 4 ] SE High Schools to Participate in 11th Annual Bridge Competition [ page 5 ] BOTB Challenges Missouri High Schools to Buckle Up! [ page 5 ]

Amendment 7 and MoDOT’s Future

On Aug. 5, Missouri voters decided on Amendment 7, a ballot measure that would have temporarily raised Mis- souri’s sales tax by ¾ of a cent. All proceeds from the 10-year tax would have been used toward much-needed transportation improvements across the state.

Due to the lack of consen- sus in how to invest in our transportation infrastructure, Amendment 7 failed to pass.

“We are very disappointed in the result, but the people have spoken and we respect that,” said Stephen Miller, chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

Ultimately, passage of Amendment 7 would have gone a long way toward fix- ing roads and bridges where Missouri’s system is already in bad condition. The end result would have affected

Missourians in every region of the state and helped meet the goals set forth in last year’s long-range transporta- tion plan.

Dave Nichols, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, issued the following statement in response to the Amendment 7 election results.

“We will continue our focus on safety, maintaining our roads and bridges, and pro- viding outstanding customer service with the resources we have.”

However, existing revenue streams in Missouri will not be enough to even maintain our transportation system by 2017. At that time our con- struction budget will fall to $325 million, well below the $485 million it requires each year to maintain our system in its current condition.

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