April 23, 2015

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Spring Meetings
District Engineer Don Wichern and Assistant District Engineer Tony McGaughy have been on a bit of a road trip recently. Rather than the large group meetings the Northwest District normally holds for spring meetings, Don and Tony met with each maintenance facility, project office and employees at the district office in small groups. Not only were they able to talk about issues specific to each area, but it allowed a dialogue that isn't available in larger groups. With 23 counties and more than ten thousand square miles to cover, they were on the road a lot. But the ability to have a good discussion, sometimes share a meal, and visit every corner of the district over the course of a month, was definitely worth all the time behind the wheel.
Spring Meeting
Assistant District Engineer Tony McGaughy discussed the plan for supplementary and primary roads under Missouri's 325 System.
Spring Meeting
District Engineer Don Wichern and Assistant District Engineer Tony McGaughy engaged in a Q and A session with each small group with whom they met, including this group at the district office.
Think First!
The Northeast Region Coalition for Roadway Safety once again partnered with KTVO, a television station in Kirksville, to provide speakers to high schools in their viewing area. Milan High School was one of the schools participating in the program, so the Northeast Region Coalition extended an invite to the Northwest Region Coalition to attend. A huge thank you to the entire Northeast Region Coalition, to KTVO and to Kayle Denny, a speaker with Think First! Missouri for the important message about roadway safety she brought to the Milan High School students. Ms. Denny was a 17-year-old high school student when her vehicle hydroplaned. She overcorrected and the vehicle crashed. Ms. Denny was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered a spinal cord injury to her C-5 and C-6 vertebrae.
Kayle Denny
Kayle Denny, a speaker with Think First! Missouri, spoke with the Milan High School students about the decisions she made that led to her injury in a vehicle crash.
Milan High School students receiving incentives to remind them to buckle up
Students at Milan High School try to catch items tossed into the crowd at a Think First! assembly held at their school. The items included messages reminding them to make better and safer decisions.
Around the District
Pre retirement seminar
MPERS representatives went over calculating which plan to choose, when you're eligible, back drop and many other options available to MoDOT and MSHP employees as they near retirement eligibility.
Pre-retirement seminar
Representatives from MPERS invited MoDOT and MSHP employees who are nearing retirement eligibility and their spouses to attend a pre-retirement seminar recently at the district office.
On the Move
running shoes
Have you joined one of the plans encouraging a healthier lifestyle? Coventry has teamed with the American Heart Association. Employees can track their activity at Some lucky employees received a free pedometer for registering early and the NW District's own Senior Highway Designer Maria Longoria won a FitBit Flex! It's not too late to sign up!
Barrel Betty
Barrel Betty has been on the move lately, too! Senior Customer Service Representative Lisa Kellison spotted Barrel Betty on U.S. Hwy 36 near Chillicothe, where she was reminding motorists to slow down and pay attention behind the wheel.

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Marcia Johnson
Customer Relations Specialist
Northwest District

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