September 11, 2014

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Route B Bridge Showcase & Construction Featured in AASHTO Journal

AASHTO Journal ChuckJamieThe recently completed Route B bridge over Business Loop 70 in Columbia was featured in the AASHTO Journal, a web publication distributed by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

The article covers information about the Route B bridge's innovative bridge-building process called Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Intergrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) and also contains details about the showcase held on Aug. 28 in Columbia that allowed federal, state and local transportation officials, contractors, consultants, block fabricators, professors and students to learn more about the new technology. In addition, the story also features a photo (at right) of Central District Resident Engineer Charles Sullivan and Construction Inspector Jamie Johnson at the bridge site.

The full article can be found at this link:

A video produced by MoDOT about the Route B bridge building process can also be viewed by clicking

this link: or by clicking on the videos below:

Bridge Construction From Start to Finish


Route B Bridge Construction
Time-lapse Video



Route B Bridge Demolition
Time-lapse Video


District Divisions Get Safety Awards

Safety CommittmentGraphic 091014We'd like to congratulate the following Central District super safe work units for achieving the Team Safety Award for the period of Jan. 1-June 30, 2014:

  • California
  • Cuba
  • Edgar Springs
  • Fayette
  • Iberia
  • Vienna
  • Williamsburg
  • Special Crews, Signal & Lighting
  • Special Crew, Rolla Signals
  • Roadside
  • Building & Grounds
  • Camdenton Construction Project Office
  • Jefferson City Construction Project Office
  • St. James Construction Project Office
  • District Construction Office
  • Columbia Area Engineer
  • St. James Area Engineer
  • General Services Office
  • District Lube Crew North
  • District Lube Crew South
  • Special Crew, Striping/signing- North
  • Special Crew, Striping/signing – South
  • District Traffic
  • District Materials
  • Risk Management

District Helps Gives Safety Reminders

at local Homecoming Event


The annual High Point Homecoming was held recently in High Point and the Central District was front and center presenting safety messages to the school and the community.

The High Point homecoming is an annual event that centers around the school and community, bringing High Point School alumni and former High Point residents back together for food, fun, and fellowship.

The Arrive Alive booth (manned by Senior Engineer Professional Laurie Wyrick and family) presented messages of “Don’t Drink and Drive," “Buckle Up," and "Arrive Alive," as well as a message of eliminating distracted driving habits.

Shown to the left is one of many local residents that unsuccessfully tried their hand at driving a tricycle through safety cones with simulated-impairment goggles.

For more information about the dangers of impaired or distracted driving, as well as the benefits of buckling your safety belt before you drive:

Around the District

Maintenance Supervisor Mike Myers recently had his retirement party, celebrating his 29 years of service to MoDOT. Mike, we thank you for your many years of service to MoDOT and we wish you a very happy retirement!


For more info

Sally Oxenhandler
Customer Relations Manager
Central District

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