September 25, 2014

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MoDOT Employee Satisfaction Surveys

The employee satisfaction survey results are in. From the survey, we learned we have some strengths to build on, but we have some work to get where we want to be as an organization.

Note: The Society for Human Resources Management best practice data was gathered from the 2014 SHRM report of an annual job satisfaction survey of 55 Fortune 500 companies conducted in 2013 (the 2014 number will be available early 2015).
We learned MoDOT employees are resilient. Despite major organizational changes, MoDOT employee satisfaction has dipped only slightly since our last survey in 2010 (65 to 64 percent)

We learned our efforts to live our values are working. Safety was the highest rated survey item. Diversity and employees building work skills and job knowledge were also rated at the top of all survey items. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have work to do in these areas, especially with building a more diverse workforce

Finally, we learned MoDOT employees are dissatisfied with little or no salary increases and limited promotional opportunities. We also learned we have work to do in communicating better with employees, seeking out employee suggestions and using our resources wisely.

What we’ll do next:
Over the next few months, we will form teams involving employees from across the organization. Those teams will develop specific actions to improve MoDOT in their assigned areas. Some actions may be implemented immediately, while others may take more time to put into place. We want employee participation on these teams, so look for future information about opportunities to be on a team. Employee input will be key to successfully developing these actions.

“We take the results of this survey seriously and realize we need employees help to better understand the issues and develop solutions,” said MoDOT Director Dave Nichols. “Most of these issues have no quick fixes. I hope employees will participate if asked. We can only move forward together.”

Want to read for yourself?

Use the SharePoint link below to find the full survey report. You also can find information about how your area of the department scored in the Appendix - Employee Survey (link available for employees only).

Honoring Those We Have Lost
MoDOT employees observed the second annual Day of Remembrance on Sept. 18 in Jefferson City at the Fallen Worker Memorial. A large group of employees joined Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger to honor the memory of the 131 co-workers we have lost.

As employees read the names of our fallen co-workers, employees with the Ride for Remembrance group place the wreath on the memorial.

Some of the most memorable moments of the ceremony were the mother and children of Senior Construction Technician Jerry Lizotte placing roses on the memorial, the reading the 131 names of our fallen while placing the wreath and the playing of Taps during a moment of silence.

Another special moment happened when a group of St. Louis employees riding motorcycles and driving antique cars arrived at the ceremony. The Ride for Remembrance was organized to raise money for the 1033 Benevolent Fund.

To recommit ourselves to working safely so no more names will ever be added to the memorial, State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright led the attendees in reciting our safety pledge. If you did not have an opportunity to do this, take a moment now to recite the pledge and recommit to working safely.

My Safety Commitment
I will make safety my highest priority and do everything within my power so everyone goes home safe every day.

Photos of the ceremony can be found here - Photos

A short video can be found here - Video.

Details of the regional remembrance ceremonies can be found on the district pages in this edition of Connections.

Teams Recognized for Working Safely

Teams who have been working safely during the first half of 2014 are being recognized for their safe work habits. The Safety Begins with Me Awards program, which began in 2013, awards employees and work units who have met the safety commitments of:

  • I’m Safe
  • What I Use is Safe
  • Where I Am is Safe
  • My Customers Are Safe
  • So We Go Home Safe

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Individual awards were given earlier this year. Now, the work unit teams are being recognized for their success in making safety a priority.

“Working safely is the most important thing an employee can do on the job each day,” said Director Dave Nichols. “It’s our primary focus, keeping ourselves, our partners and our customers safe. I’m very proud of what has been accomplished in the area of safety, and I congratulate all of the teams receiving the awards.”

There are 169 work units out of 339 receiving team awards. This is a great start, but we can do better. The most common incidents and injuries that kept teams from being eligible were:

  • Fleet - snow removal, driving incidents, parking and mowing.
  • Injuries - slip, trip and falls, strains, being stuck by something and cut/puncture.

Knowing these common fleet and injury pitfalls can help us prevent them from happening if we make a point to focus on these areas during morning safety discussions and on the job.

We congratulate these teams for their dedication to safety, and urge everyone to focus on safety every day.

Interested in a Supervisory Position in Maintenance? Apply to the Maintenance Leadership Academy
The Maintenance Leadership Academy provides an opportunity for employees interested in a future supervisory position in Maintenance. The program is designed to provide prospective leaders with the knowledge, tools and skills necessary for the next supervisory level within MoDOT maintenance. MLA LogoCurriculum includes leadership and technical training along with job shadowing. The program is divided into a crew leader, supervisor or superintendent levels. Each series is designed to better prepare an individual for the specific duties associated with that position.

“Employees who are interested in the next level up in supervisory position are encouraged to apply,” said Kevin Arthaud, intermediate employee development specialist. “For example, if you are a senior maintenance worker, you could apply for the crew leader series of training. Someone who is currently a crew leader could apply for the supervisor series, and current supervisors could apply for the superintendent series.”

Employees who are interested can submit an application between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2014. Selections will be made by Dec. 31, 2014. The Maintenance Leadership Academy will kick off in January 2015 and last through most of the year.

Booklets with applications will be available at the fall meetings and also through district Human Resources, district maintenance engineer or the Human Resources Employee Development office in Central Office.
Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign is Underway – Magical things are sure to happen!

The 2015 campaign, Caring is Magical, marks the 30th year of giving to those in need. Missouri state employees will once again be asked to show just how bighearted they are during the campaign. MoDOT’s official campaign started on Sept.16 and will continue through Oct. 24. This time allows employees the chance to make individual pledges through an easy payroll deduction or take part in one of the many fun and interesting fundraising events that are sure to take place in district and division offices.

charitable campaignCharities rely on the assistance provided by Missourians like you. Regardless of how you choose to donate, participating in the charitable campaign is totally up to you, but it is a great way to show how much you care. Any amount, no matter how big or small, will go a long way toward helping people who are less fortunate than you.

Another very exciting aspect of the campaign is that MoDOT has been the largest donor agency for the past seven years in a row. During the 2014 campaign, MoDOT employees gave $172,260 to charities. The amount raised reflects 2,105 employees making some sort of donation. If you haven't participated in the past, why not make this year “magical” and start contributing to a participating charity. Even if you are only able to participate in a fundraising event, it all counts.

So remember, when you receive your pledge card this year, take a moment and think of those who have less and select a charity in the brochure by logging onto, or by obtaining a paper brochure from a campaign coordinator. Pledge cards will be distributed to all employees by your district/division coordinator. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

For more information on the campaign contact MoDOT’s CO MSECC coordinators Jennifer Jorgensen at 573-751-2824, Dawn Haslag at 573-751-5678, Richard Schomaker at 573-522-1962 or Kelly Mertens at 573-751-9253 or your district/division coordinator.


Golf Tournament Raises Money for Benevolent Fund

golfMoDOT's 10th annual golf tournament to raise money for the 10-33 Benevolent Fund happened last week at the Columbia Country Club. The tournament is just one of three taking place this time of year to raise money for the fund. The other tournaments are organized by law enforcement, corrections and firefighters.

The fund is used in the unfortunate circumstance that a state employee in transportation, law enforcement, corrections or firefighter loses his or her life in the line of duty. The fund immediately provides $5,000 to the family during the loss of their loved one.

So far the tournaments have raised more than $52,000 (before expenses) with MoDOT’s contributions accounting for nearly half of that total. MoDOT tournament results are:


Washington Bridge Gets One of Missouri's Three TIGER Grants

A new Route 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington is one of three Missouri projects to receive funding through the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced.

MoDOT received $10 million toward the total project cost that is expected to be nearly $60 million. The third time proved to be the charm for the application, which was managed by Area Engineer Judy Wagner. MoDOT submitted the bridge project for TIGER grants twice before – in 2012 and 2013.

A new bridge on Route 47 over the Missouri River Bridge at Washington is now possible through funding from the TIGER grant program. More photos of the bridge in its current condition can be found here - Route 47 Bridge.

“We’re ecstatic to bring in TIGER funds to construct the new river bridge,” Wagner told the Washington Missourian. “It’s a great opportunity for us to move forward on a very important project for the community.”

Construction is currently slated to begin in 2016 or early 2017, with the new bridge to be open to traffic in 2018.

The TIGER program is highly competitive. In this round 797 eligible applications were submitted from 49 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, an increase from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested 15 times the $600 million available for the program, or $9.5 billion for needed transportation projects. When combined with local matching funds, this round of TIGER grants will enable 72 projects that total $2.1 billion. TIGER grants have been issued annually since 2009.

Missouri transit projects in St. Louis and Kansas City also received 2014 TIGER grants. In St. Louis, a $10.3 million grant will help MetroLink build a new station in the Cortex Innovation Community between Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street. The total project cost is estimated to be $12.9 million.

Cortex is home to a 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods. Among its partners are the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Washington University, BJC Healthcare, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis University, Missouri Botanical Garden, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

The Kansas City region received a $1.2 million planning grant for an initiative to double the number of jobs accessible by public transit over the next 10 years.

The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) applied for the grant on behalf of the Regional Transit Coordinating Council, in partnership with the area’s four transit agencies – the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County Transit, Unified Government Transit and Indebus.

“The employment rate is up and more companies are hiring, but there is often a disconnect between where people live and where the jobs are,” said Ron Achelpohl, MARC’s director of transportation. “Our public transit system currently offers little suburb-to-suburb service, and we want to identify ways to address that.”

In a press release, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said the funding means more jobs and economic opportunities.

“These grants are competitive, and are awarded based on merit, so Missourians can be confident that these are worthy investments that will strengthen Missouri’s economy,” she said.

For more information about the TIGER grant program, visit

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Dave Nichols

MoDOT Director Speaks to Citizens Group
MoDOT Director Dave Nichols recently spoke to the Citizens for Modern Transit group about the department’s vision for the future of transportation in Missouri. He said the department needs to continue pursuing funding mechanisms and plans for multimodal transportation strategies.

“I want to thank CMT for its support and endorsement of Constitutional Amendment 7. The election results, though disappointing, told us again that people weren’t voting against transportation, they were voting for or against the funding mechanism. We must continue working to find a solution that Missourians will support. MoDOT’s focus has not changed. Our top priorities remain keeping ourselves and our customers safe; taking care of the transportation system we have, for as long as we can, with the resources we have; and providing outstanding customer service. That’s where we’ll focus our attention and spend our limited funds,” said Nichols.

weed control New Back 2 Basics Video Coming Soon
The September Back 2 Basics video on chemical weed control is nearing completion and will be available in the next few days. Watch for its launch in MoDOT Now and visit the comprehensive safety webpage (videos) for the new posting - http://wwwi/intranet/SafetyVideos.htm.

Supervisors are asked to share the video with employees during morning safety discussions prior to performing this operation.

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National Walk to School Day

Mark your calendars to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 8! This global event is all about promoting health, safety and a cleaner environment. Schools can register for the event and learn more at


Missourians should watch out for more foot traffic in their neighborhoods for their morning commute on Oct. 8.

Walk for fitness. Walk for fun. Walk to school!

Stan Span

Remember to Vote for the Stan Span
The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. Louis has been selected as one of 10 national finalists in the 2014 America’s Transportation Awards competition, and MoDOT needs your help to win.

It is time to vote! The People’s Choice Award will be selected through online voting which ends Oct. 24. The winners will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting on Nov. 23, 2014.

You can vote up to 10 times each day through AASHTO's online awards link Make sure to select MoDOT’s entry shown as MO/IL: Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge – Mississippi River Bridge on the voting page.

September Retirements
Curtis W. Markt – NW – 19 years
Raymond L. Smith – NE – 20 years
Jimmie L. Fight – KC – 6 years
Ronnie E. Smith – KC – 19 years
Stephen C. Wilson – KC – 7 years
Demetrius A. Webb – KC – 26 years
Michael D. Myers – CD – 29 years
Danny G. Cronin – SL – 33 years
Michael L. Dodge – SL – 24 years
Jerome C. Haberberger – SL – 15 years Michael A. Mellenbruch – SW – 28 years Gary M. Klass – SW – 30 years

Larry J. Davis – SE – 15 years
Roy G. Gaither – SE – 26 years
Howard E. McNew – SE – 18 years
Austin D. Emory – SE – 15 years
Margie A. Mansager – CO – 30 years
Karmen S. Stockman – CO – 25 years

In Memoriam
John Fletcher
former D4 – August 14
Clyde Johnson
former D2 – August 17
Raymond Bailey
former D2 – August 24
Leroy Nunn
former D10 – August 25

Carson Pappenfort

CO – August 26
Robert Cantrell

former D6 – September 1

Delbert Bennett

former D9 – September 1

Lee Hardy

former D7 – September 2

Virgil Brunkhorst

former D4 – September 10

Norman Doerhoff

CO – September 20


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