Arts and Culture
8:51 am
Tue April 23, 2013

With 'No More Trash Bash' MoDOT stresses roadway cleanup efforts

MoDOT design engineer for the central district Nicole Kolb Hood looks for more litter along Route 94 in Callaway County Monday afternoon.
Credit Evan Townsend / KBIA

For Earth Day,  the Missouri Department of Transportation hosted its 11th annual “No MOre Trash! Bash. Department employees volunteered to pick up litter and debris along a stretch of Route 94 in Callaway "County.  This year nine people showed up to spend a few off-the-clock hours taking care of Missouri’s roads. 

The event is a way for MoDOT to highlight their Adopt-a-Highway program, where anyone can volunteer to maintain a stretch of roadway. District engineer David Silvester says he hopes raising awareness of the program will also get more volunteers.

Read more
6:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

MoDOT issues travel advisory ahead of winter storm

A MoDOT spokesperson says the storm will be as challenging as two that dropped a foot of snow in late February.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for the weekend because of anticipated snowfalls of up to three inches per hour that could make driving nearly impossible at times.

Rain is expected to turn to snow Saturday afternoon across the state, posing a risk for travelers because of the rate of snowfall and lack of visibility. The storm is expected to continue until about noon Sunday in the western part of Missouri and taper off across the state throughout the day.

Read more
3:14 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Missouri's Department of Transportation Director takes medical leave, will retire

The director of Missouri's Department of Transportation is taking a medical leave of absence and plans to resign his post.

The department announced Thursday that Kevin Keith's leave is effective immediately and he will resign July 1.

Chief engineer David Nichols will serve as interim director until the state Highways and Transportation Commission appoints a new director. Commission chairman Joe Carmichael says Nichols will remain interim director for at least one year.

Read more
5:08 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Proposed 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs Filed In Mo. Senate

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:29 am

Legislation has been filed in the Missouri Senate that would create a temporary sales tax dedicated to funding transportation needs statewide.

The proposed constitutional amendment would create a one-cent sales tax that would expire after 10 years.  It’s co-sponsored by State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City).  He says the one-penny tax would not be levied on groceries, prescription medicine or fuel.

Read more
PM Newscasts
6:10 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Newscast for December 27, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Traffic fatalities up in 2012 according to MoDOT
  • Republicans to tackle workers' compensation
  • MU researcher awarded National Medal of Science
Read more
4:55 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

MoDOT reports slight increase in traffic fatalities for 2012

The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting a slight increase in traffic fatalities for the year 2012 – that’s expected to be about a 3 percent increase from last year.

Read more
8:14 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Southeast Mo. drivers urged to stay off roads

Credit Kyle Deas

Officials are discouraging travel in southeastern Missouri until crews clear the roads from what was expected to be heavy snowfall with blizzard conditions.

The National Weather Service placed 13 counties from the Bootheel to north of Cape Girardeau under a blizzard warning from Tuesday night to midday today. Total accumulations were expected to range from three inches in the Bootheel to 12 inches farther north.

Read more
3:24 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

MoDOT readies crews for winter storm

Credit Rachel Lippmann / St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the winter storm that’s supposed to hit the St. Louis area and portions of south central Missouri and the Ozarks over Christmas.

Read more
3:35 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

MoDOT to complete bridge campaign ahead of schedule

File photo MoDot

The largest bridge rebuilding program in Missouri’s history will soon be finished more than a year ahead of schedule.

Read more
2:49 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

MoDOT watches closely for careless drivers

This week Missouri law enforcement will be paying more attention to careless drivers as part of MoDOT’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

The event aims to raise awareness about safety issues when dealing with aggressive drivers and when driving near large trucks.

Read more
8:50 am
Fri August 3, 2012

MoDOT posting fatality figures on message boards

Missouri drivers may notice some ominous messages along the state's roadsides.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has begun using its electronic message signs along highways to report the number of people who have died on the state's roads so far this year. The messages also include the percentage of those killed who were not wearing seat belts.

The new safety campaign comes as Missouri has seen a 14 percent increase in traffic fatalities this year — an unwelcome reversal after six years of declining fatality figures.

5:09 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Missouri roads holding up under extreme conditions, says MODOT


Despite the extremely dry and hot conditions that have created infrastructure problems elsewhere, Missouri Department of Transportation officials say the state roads are holding up well.      

Read more
4:48 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Move over for MoDOT workers -- it's the law

MoDOT cares.
MoDOT Photos Flickr

Governor Jay Nixon has been on a signing spree this week, signing into law close to 30 bills in the past two days. Among them, a law requiring highway drivers to move over when passing parked MoDOT vehicles.

Read more
2:21 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

MoDOT awards $111 million contract to rebuild Missouri River bridge

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:32 pm

Two familiar names in St. Louis construction have won a Missouri Department of Transportation contract to rebuild the Daniel Boone Bridge, which carries Interstate 64 across the Missouri River at Chesterfield.

Alberici Enterprises and Walsh Construction will start on the $125 million project in early 2013. The construction portion of the contract totals $111 million.

MoDOT director Kevin Keith called it a great day for his department and the region, saying St. Louis and St. Charles counties are getting a lot from the contract.

Read more
8:57 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Mo Transportation Department trims mowing budget

Doug Bradley Photography Flickr

Missouri drivers may notice a change in the landscape along roadways and medians later this summer — more grass.

Read more