May 21, 2015

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Let's Get Ready to Rumble....Some More!

Temporary Rumble Strips

Temporary rumble strips were used during a maintenance project on U.S. 36.  They were used as a means to get traffic to slow down when traveling through the work zone.

To increase safety, the Northeast District recently tried something new in one of their work zones. They used short-term temporary rumble strips. The strips were placed at a maintenance work zone on U.S. Route 36 where traffic was reduced by one lane while the crew completed concrete repairs.


“This is the only maintenance job we have used them on so far,” said Brian Untiedt, traffic operations engineer for the Northeast District. “They worked very well at getting the motorists’ attention and slowing the drivers down,” he said.


Short term rumble strips are made to be portable and stable. The noise and vibration are to draw the driver’s attention to unexpected changes in traffic conditions.

“When we used them on the U.S. 36 job, most drivers would reduce their speed as soon as they ran over the strips,” said Becky Novinger, maintenance supervisor at the Shelbina maintenance facility.


There are also long-term temporary rumble strips that are made with an adhesive backing and are intended to stay in place longer than the short-term ones. The district is planning to try these in the future on a bridge project.

Around the District...

Linda   Pre-Retirement Seminar

Linda Wilson-Horn from Central Office conducted Public Involvement and NEPA Training last week in Hannibal. She spoke with Northeast employees on how you can communicate with the public to get their acceptance of your work, provide input on projects, provide detours for work zones and overall support MoDOT’s work.

  Retirement seminars were held last week in Macon and Hannibal.  Several employees participated.  Pictured above is one of the seminars that was held at the Hannibal district office.
Lewis County Safety Day   Just Drive Assembly
The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety participated in Lewis County Safety Day held each year for the 5th grade students at area schools.  Cyndy Bliem-Sharp had a station at the event where she played a safety quiz game with the kids.   The NE Coalition teams up with KTVO in Kirksville for the Just Drive campaign. An assembly was held at Brashear High School last week where Kayle Denny, from ThinkFirst Missouri, spoke to the group about how a decision changed her life forever.  An I-pad mini was given away to one lucky student.  Pictured above is Ela Soroka and Fred Beck, from KTVO, with the winner!

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Marisa Brown-Ellison
Communications Manager
Northeast District


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