JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri Department of Transportation team received national honors for making sure the state's highways were restriped in time for the busy summer travel months.
The 2011 Silver Performance Excellence Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recognized the efficiencies, cost-cutting measures and positive results MoDOT's Striping Leadership Team achieved.
With consistent team planning throughout 2010, plans were made to restripe 20,000 miles before Memorial Day 2011. Strategies included starting earlier in the year, flexing schedules so crews could run striping machines 60-70 hours a week statewide, and a weekly conference call where districts shared their progress and could request help across district lines. Crews also overcame significant weather delays by taking advantage of all suitable weather. Striping was completed using three less striping machines and no overtime.
"The teams' positive approach and leadership is impressive," said State Traffic and Highway Safety Engineer Eileen Rackers. "Reaching this goal meant our customers had the most visible roadway features and better driving experiences during a busy travel time."
In addition to this award, a Bridge Sealing Team in the Northeast District received an AASHTO 2011 Silver Performance Award for developing a process improvement increasing efficiency for traffic control when cinder-sealing bridges. Their process resulted in no waiting between bridges, a decreased impact to customers and increased safety.
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