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Friday, December 21, 2018

MoDOT Area Engineers Work With Communities to Further Projects

By Judy Wagner, Franklin/Jefferson County Area Engineer

When you see a problem on the highways, who ya gonna call? MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  If you have a concern or issue, please let us know. 


Some calls are more complex and that’s when one of our area engineers may step in.  The area engineer can discuss specific needs and priorities in their area.  In the St. Louis District there are five area engineers - one each for St. Louis City, north St. Louis County, southwest St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Franklin/Jefferson Counties.

The area engineers of the St. Louis District.  To see
full map go to

The area engineer may help find funding when a road needs resurfacing a bridge needs replacing or a signal needs to be added.  Sometimes we look to local agencies for financial help.  A great example is Route 47 from Washington to St. Clair.  The communities along the corridor asked that Route 47 be widened to better handle congestion and improve safety.  As the area engineer for the area, I suggested we all get together and form the Route 47 Corridor Committee. 


The committee includes members from various agencies in St. Clair, Union, Washington and Franklin County.  The committee decided they couldn’t wait for Route 47 to come up for funding in 2030, which is what was listed on the Long Range Transportation Plan.  Working together they funded a corridor study to identify short, medium and long term solutions.


Public meetings were held to get others involved and we are now working to determine the next steps.  We hope to find a funding solution that the communities and MoDOT can afford together to improve Route 47.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Eyes in the Sky

By Brian Umfleet, Traffic Operations Engineer

On the left, a MoDOT camera along the interstate.
  On the right, a close up of the camera.
Have you ever noticed the cameras above you on the interstates when you should be focused on the road? No need to worry, it’s not the police and you are not being recorded or photographed.  It’s just MoDOT and our 24/7 closed-circuit cameras.  MoDOT has roughly 500 cameras along area interstates and state routes in the St. Louis District, which includes St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson Counties and the City of St. Louis. 

Our cameras are not spying on you.  They are used by the operators at the Traffic Management Center for traffic monitoring, incident management and traveler information purposes.  They help us help you with your daily commute.  From congestion on the roadways to accidents and stalled vehicles, we use our cameras to provide the appropriate response to that incident – whether it be dispatching our emergency response crews or lighting up one of our message boards.

We also have cameras at some of our traffic signals.  These are not red light cameras, but are used to figure out the timing of signals based on traffic.  As a vehicle moves towards an intersection it enters the camera’s field of view which alerts the signal to change. 

If you would like to see what we see on the roads you can access our traffic cameras by going to the MoDOT Gateway Guide home page. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Need a Job? MoDOT is Hiring!

By Linda Wilson Horn; Assistant to the District Engineer

Looking for a new job or a career change?  We may have the right opportunity for you.  MoDOT’s St. Louis District is hiring.  If you’re looking for diverse opportunities, challenging and purposeful work and a family friendly work environment, come join our team.  MoDOT is recognized as one of the top departments of transportation in the country.

The MoDOT St. Louis office includes 700 employees located over the four metro counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson as well as the City of St. Louis.  Currently there are open positions for seasonal and full-time maintenance workers and bridge maintenance, and civil engineers.  We also employ people with backgrounds in equipment mechanics, electricians, surveyors, property acquisition, finance, safety, human resources and information systems.  Applications for employment are accepted on a continuing basis and will be kept in our system for up to six months for applicable open positions.

For full-time and seasonal maintenance workers, MoDOT requires applicants be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and possess a Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License with interstate designated status and no airbrake restrictions.

Civil engineering positions at MoDOT provide you with many career paths and opportunities in the areas of bridge, design, construction, materials, traffic, planning, maintenance and research.  In your career at MoDOT, civil engineers can pursue experiences in any or all of these areas.  Entry level engineering positions require a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

The benefits of being a state employee include more than pay.  New employees can earn up to three weeks of annual leave and three weeks of sick leave each year, twelve paid holidays, medical insurance, educational assistance, opportunity for overtime and vesting in the state retirement system after five years of employment.

MoDOT is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, creed, religion, sex, national origin or disability status. If you are interested in employment at MoDOT, please visit our website at

Monday, July 9, 2018

Parterning Helps MoDOT Stretch Funding Dollars

By Andy Tuerck, MoDOT's St. Charles County Area Engineer

“Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”  At least that’s what legendary coach Vince Lombardi said and that is so true when it comes to building roads and bridges in Missouri.  Sometimes MoDOT can’t do it alone so we partner with local cities and counties to get projects done.

Partnering can be done in several ways and thanks in part to St. Charles County’s ½ cent transportation sales tax; it’s something very common in St. Charles County. 

One of the ways we partner together is through the statewide cost-share program.  The program is specifically designed to build partnerships by pooling resources to deliver state highway and bridge projects.  MoDOT allocates a specific amount of funding for cost-share projects across the state and local governments apply for that funding.  The new interchange being built at Route 61 and Route P/Peine Road is a cost-share project with the $15 million project being paid for by MoDOT, St. Charles County and the city of Wentzville.  The I-70 Traffic Flow Improvement project that just started in O’Fallon is another cost-share project with the cost being shared by MoDOT and the city of O’Fallon. 

Cost participation projects are similar to cost-share projects except that MoDOT’s share of the funding comes from money already allocated to the local district.  The I-70 and Fifth Street project came about when the county came up with a plan to make improvements at Fifth Street.  MoDOT contributed $1 million in funds for the rebuilding of the Fairgrounds Road overpass so improvements could be made at both interchanges.  Another example of a cost participation project is the upcoming project to build ramps at Gutermuth and Route 364.

MoDOT is also partnering with St. Charles County on the upcoming Route N study.  The study will look at what improvements could be made between Interstate 64 and David Hoekel Parkway to improve safety, congestion and traffic flow.  Making improvements to Route N is a priority for St. Charles County, but due to funding constraints MoDOT has not been able to prioritize the route to keep up with the explosive growth of the county.  Since Route N is a state maintained road, MoDOT agreed to conduct the study if the county would pay for it. 

These different partnerships are important to MoDOT not only because of the improvements to state owned roads, but also the opportunity to maintain relationships with local governments.  Those relationships are vital to the future of the state’s transportation system and help the local community by improving the transportation system as a whole.

Projects funded through partnering - (upper left) I-70 and Fifth Street;
Route 364 Page Phase 3, (upper right)Route 364/Page Phase 3 and
(bottom) Route 61 at Route P/Peine Road.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Just Build It Already!

By Lou Creamer, MoDOT St. Louis Transportation Planner

The DRAFT Statewide Transportation
Improvement Program for 2019-2023
Why don’t they just add another lane?  When are they going to fix my road?   Why don’t they just put a signal at this intersection?  These are all valid questions when it comes to state maintained roads and bridges.


As MoDOT employees, we understand that your tax money is valuable.  We don’t take lightly the responsibility of being a steward of the taxpayer dollars you pay and that’s why there is a process in place to make sure we get the best projects for the dollars we have.


The process is started after a need is identified either by a local government, MoDOT’s planning committee or the public (yes, we do read and listen to your comments).  The need is then studied, or “scoped” as we call it, to see what the problem is and explore the best possible solution.


Plans are developed and costs are analyzed to find the most cost effective way to move forward.  Projects are then reviewed, prioritized and placed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.  The STIP, as we call it, covers a five year period and is updated every year.  The STIP is then put out for public comment.  In fact, the newest draft STIP is out for comment right now.  We want to know the public’s thoughts and concerns about the projects and needs in their area.


Comments are then presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for review before they approve the final STIP at the July 11 meeting. 


To comment on the current draft STIP, go to  The comment period ends July 6.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Littering is a growing problem - It's time to change that

By Assistant District Engineer Mark Croarkin

Trash on our state roads and/or right-of-way is a growing problem in Missouri. It impairs public health, pollutes the environment and can even lead to crashes on the highways.

Each year, MoDOT spends more than $5 million to clear litter along Missouri highways. In the St. Louis region, over the past few years there has been a significant increase in the volume of trash left on our roadway system.

Cleaning the trash off the highways has become an issue that maintenance crews alone cannot keep under control.  There has been one instance where crews from a single maintenance building picked up more than 1300 bags of trash in one week. To offset that, MoDOT offers an Adopt-A-Highway program that provides volunteers the opportunity to select an area that they will commit to pick up litter at least four times a year. 

Everyone can make a difference by educating friends, neighbors and co-workers. Loose trash is more likely to end up on the roadways than bagged trash. Simple acts such as bagging trash at home, work or community events can account to saving millions of dollars and a far more attractive region.

When driving, never let trash escape from the car. Keep it contained in a bag inside of the vehicle. Help create a culture where people speak up when they see someone with loose trash or an unsecured load on a truck.

Littering is illegal and law enforcement is on the watch out for offenders. The act can lead to a class A misdemeanor with a $1000 fine and up to one year imprisonment.

Come and join the journey to making a cleaner and healthier Missouri by eliminating litter. For more information on how to get involved, please visit

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Road Damage Claims - Not Just from Potholes

By Keri Essien
Senior Risk Management Technician

Potholes, debris and aliens – oh my! Those are just some of the damage claims turned into the MoDOT St. Louis risk management department.  The department receives between four and 30 claims a day for incidents on Missouri roads.  The common complaints damage caused by potholes, road debris, falling signs, signal malfunctions and wet striping paint but one of the more bizarre cases involved a customer who reported an unidentified flying object struck her vehicle on an open stretch of I-70 in 2016.  MoDOT unfortunately had to deny any liability for the phenomenon.


MoDOT’s liability is based on Missouri Revised Statute 537.600 which states MoDOT is not legally liable for a hazard unless it had sufficient time and knowledge to have taken measures to protect against it.  In other words, MoDOT must determine an accident was caused by willful negligence in order for a customer to be reimbursed for expenses.  In 2017, MoDOT paid   approximately $3.2 million for 222 claims statewide.


Most people are surprised to learn they have the right to file claims for damage.  The claims process reflects MoDOT’s transparent approach to customer service.  Claims can be filed online and are analyzed, processed and submitted to a Jefferson City claims adjuster for investigation.  Customers usually receive a response within 48 hours.  The one difference is for claims in construction zones, which are sent to the contractor for investigation.


As long as there are roads and customers to travel on them, we can assume that liability claims will keep life at MoDOT busy and a little amusing.