August 27, 2015

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KC District Wins National Award, Recognition for KCNN

Last year, the Kansas City District launched a new communications tool geared for the field offices. The Communications staff was looking for ways to communicate with our maintenance employees who have the least access to technology -- the Kansas City News Network was born.

kcnnKCNN is a simple powerpoint that shows the latest updates in district, state and national transportation news. Surveyed employees said they felt like they knew more and this was a valuable tool to add to the morning meeting.

This month, the KC District Communications team was named a finalist in PR News’ Platinum PR Awards program in the Internal Publication (print or online) category for KCNN.

The finalists of the Platinum PR Awards set industry standards for excellence across all areas of public relations. Finalists are from corporations, agencies and non-profits — both large and small — that took chances, made tremendous strides in their communications efforts and understand the power of public relations.

At the same time this tool was launched, the communications team also rolled out the Daily DOT for our office staff. Both tools share much more communication that the previous tools combined, but targeted to the audience. Check out the latest edition of KCNN on your facility TV monitor every Monday morning!

KC Police Department Honors Jeff Gardner, Incident Response Coordinator

On Aug. 18, a large number of uniformed officers and their families filled a room at the Kansas City Police Department downtown. They were there to see a family member, or possibly a colleague receive an honor for going above and beyond the call of duty. Also in that group, the MoDOT family. They were also there to see one of their own.kcpd

Incident Management Coordinator Jeff Gardner was recognized by KCPD with Certificate of Appreciation.

With the Kansas City Mayor, council members and Kansas City Police looking on, Gardner was asked to come to the front of the room to be acknowledged. He was lauded for his efforts to help partner with all emergency responders to clear incidents quickly and safely. As the room listened, KCPD read aloud some of his accomplishments.

"Since becoming the Incident Management Coordinator at MoDOT, he has introduced the concept of hosting regular after-action meetings in the weeks following a major incident. Various emergency response personnel are able to exchange ideas at these meetings and discuss their response to sukcpdch events. The goal is to improve the safety of emergency service workers and the public.

One example of improving safety for emergency service workers happened earlier this year. Mr. Gardner was able to secure funding for portable crime scene barriers, which MoDOT donated to KCPD’s Accident Investigation Section to use at crash scenes."

After the ceremony, Gardner was surrounded by his other family, members of the Kansas City Police Department. It was a chance for them to congratulate him. The efforts Gardner has made can truly be said that he has gone beyond the call the duty. Check out photos from the event online.


Ginormous Girders Make Their Way
to Bi-State Bridge Project

It's not every day you can use the term "ginormous" in a sentence. But such was thgirdere case this week as crews on the new U.S. 69 Highway Bridge over the Missouri River prepared to receive bridge girders that could only be called ginormous.

The girders were 6.5 feet tall and up to 168 feet long. Manufactured in Kansas City, Kansas, the girders traveled via tractor trailer eastbound on I-70 and arrived at I-635 and Horizons Parkway. Check out the Kansas City Star pictorial of the delivery.

The new structure will include multiple lanes and bike/pedestrian access. It will be open to traffic in December 2016. This project is shared by the Kansas Department of Transportation and MoDOT. Learn more about this project on our website.


For more info

Melissa Black
Communications Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

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