Working to Save Lives
MoDOT recently received a $400,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration to implement its portion of the plan. With the FHWA funds and $100,000 in state money, several changeable message boards will be added on Interstates 70 and 44 to increase emergency communication.
“These additional message boards will not only be used for Amber Alert situations, but to also help with the overall management of the traffic system and motorist communications,” said Eileen Rackers, state traffic engineer. “They’ll really become an invaluable part of our overall traveler information program, helping motorists every day in some areas of our system.”
MoDOT joined the AMBER Alert program several years ago and continues to work with other agencies to establish a set of procedures in the event of abduction. The plan was created in 1996 following the abduction and brutal murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas. The purpose of the plan is to provide a rapid response to the most serious child abduction cases.
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MoDOT helps keep traffic flowing around the region 24/7. The Transportation Management Center is an important part of that -- dispatching maintenance, emergency response, or repair crews to incidents on state roads.
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Since 1987, Missouri's Adopt-A-Highway program has involved volunteers across the state working together to clean up Missouri. Currently, more than 5,300 groups and 50,000 volunteers in the program are focused on making Missouri’s roadsides cleaner and more attractive for our residents and visitors. More than 6,400 miles of roadway have been adopted.
Adopters perform about $1 million a year in litter cleanup and beautification efforts. Every area kept free of litter by adopters allows MoDOT to devote resources to other much-needed tasks.
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The MoDOT Traveler Information Map shows current work zones, incidents and weather-related road conditions on state maintained roads in Missouri. Issues that have an impact on travel are loaded automatically. This app should not be the only tool used when making a decision based on drivng conditions.