April 23, 2015

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Bridge Replacement Begins at Clear Creek


Pictured is Clear Creek Bridge on MO 168 in Marion County. It was closed on April 20 for replacement.

One of the last remaining bridges on a supplementary road in the northeast area of the state closed for replacement earlier this week. MO 168 just north of Hannibal serves as a vital connector to major industry, the university and other businesses, as well as serving area residents. Due to insufficient funding for overwhelming needs, there are only a few other bridges on supplementary roads scheduled for replacement over the next few years.

The current bridge is more than 80 years old, is one lane and load posted.  The bridge will cost around $740,000 to replace. The bridge is expected to reopen before the July 4 holiday.

Coalition Holds Child Safety Seat Class

Aaron Pippin at CPS Event
A child safety seat event was held on April 10 at the Kirksville Fire Department.  Aaron Pippen, a recently certified technician, is shown checking an infant seat during the event.

The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety sponsored a certified child passenger safety technician class in April. There are very few of these valued resources in the region, which is why the Coalition offered the course.

"The more resources and technicians we have available to assist families with car seat installment, the safer children are in a vehicle," said Marisa Ellison, facilitator for the Northeast Coalition.

Kathy Zents and Joe Schilling, certified trainers, led the class. Participants learned about topics ranging from motor vehicle laws, crash dynamics and vehicle safety, to talking to parents about safety.  There were also demonstrations throughout the day. Eight individuals became certified through this class.

A child safety event was held on April 10 at the Kirksville Fire Department following the course to allow the individuals to put their skills and knowledge to the test.

For a list of certified technicians in the Northeast Region, you can visit the web site

Around the District...

Buckles at Week of the Young Child   Teri and Joe at Watlow Health Fair
Kevin Rhodes, outreach coordinator (aka Buckles), and Marisa Christy-Kerns, in customer relations, attended the Week of the Young Child event held in Moberly on April 13.   Teri Zeiger, in customer relations, and Joe McNeill, in design, attended the Watlow Health Fair in Hannibal that was held on April 16. Participants were put to the test to see how well they knew roadway safety.
Hot mix repairs in South Area   Kayle Denny of ThinkFirst
With some good weather, crews in the south area began doing some hot mix repairs over the last couple of weeks.   Kayle Denny of ThinkFirst Missouri spoke to high school students at Milan High School on April 17. Kayle spoke about how her life has changed after suffering a spinal cord injury in an accident since she was not wearing her seat belt. The assembly was put on as part of the KTVO Just Drive campaign.  Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is a sponsor in that campaign.
  Macon Comfort Inn  
  Macon Comfort Inn helped spread the message about the importance of not texting and driving.  

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Marisa Brown-Ellison
Customer Relations Manager
Northeast District


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