February 26, 2015

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Northwest District
District Innovations Winners

The Northwest District's employees are our best resource and our district Innovations Challenge winners are excellent examples of the incredible talent pool we have.

As MoDOT faces tough choices and insufficient funding, working to make our internal processes better, more cost-effective, safer, and more productive will be increasingly important. Our employees understand that and continually work to improve the caliber of the work we produce, but also the efficiency of our work force while improving each employee's safety.

Listed below are the Northwest District's submissions to statewide competition. From these submissions, five Innovations (noted with the photos below) were selected to participate in the statewide Innovations Showcase in Springfield.

Congratulations to the winners and if you have an idea or product you'd like to submit for the next Innovations Challenge, contact Austin Hibler at 816-387-2440 for more information about the submission process.

Tool and Equipment Category
Light Bar Mounting Bracket
Light Bar Mounting Bracket submitted by Correy Miller, Allen Garland, Colten Berry and Darren Stanley, Cameron Maintenance.
Brookfield's Telspar Base Puller
Telspar Base Puller submitted by Tammy Rhoades and Steve Rodgers, Brookfield Maintenance.
Distributor Hand Bar
Distributor Handbar submitted by Zachary Stout, Donnie Troester, Ethan Shoop and Nevin Hamilton, Milan Maintenance.
Wing Light
Wing Warning Light submitted by Correy Miller, Colby DeVaul, Jon Gust and Dan Ragan, Cameron Maintenance and Tim Porter, Lathrop Maintenance.
Telspar Base Puller
Telspar Base Puller submitted by Greg Page, Roger Anderson, Trevor Leeper, Scott Vonburg and John Dinsmore, Trenton Maintenance and Ron Parsons, Princeton Maintenance. Selected to participate in the Innovations Showcase.
Wing Cylinder Stop
Wing Cylinder Stop submitted by Chris Magers, Alex Oder, Zachary Stout, Robert Valentine, Ethan Shoop, Mike Abernathy and Nevin Hamilton, Milan Maintenance.
Projects Category
Automated Location Maps
Automated Location Maps submitted by Jeff Burns and Mike Mooney, Design.
Follow Up Form
Follow-Up Form submitted by Marcia Johnson, Customer Relations. Selected to participate in the Innovations Showcase.
Crash Trend Spreadsheet
Crash Trend Spreadsheet submitted by Allison Brucker and Bryce Acton, Traffic. Selected to participate in the Innovations Showcase.
Scratch and Chip
Scratch and Chip submitted by Troy Slagle, Wes Moore, Greg Anderson, Scott Nett, Russ O'Daniell and Jack Smith, Design and Mike Rinehart, Area Engineer. Selected to participate in the Innovations Showcase.
Productivity Category
Adopt-A-Highway Flag Holder
Adopt-A-Highway Flag Holder submitted by Correy Miller and Pat Blixt, Cameron Maintenance.
LED Snow Plow Lights
LED Snow Plow Lights submitted by Rodney Wright and Brookfield Maintenance. Selected to participate in the Innovations Showcase.
Ground Level Pumphouse
Ground-Level Pumphouse submitted by Correy Miller, Colby DeVaul and Jason Willis, Cameron Maintenance and Travis Pennington, Equipment Technician.
Fuel Pump LED Light
Fuel Pump LED Light submitted by Dan Roach, Grant City Maintenance.
AutoSocks submitted by Christopher Magers, Nevin Hamilton, Robert Valentine, Rodney Welch and Mike Abernathy, Milan Maintenance.
Loading Ramp
Loading Ramp submitted by Dan Roach, Grant City Maintenance.
From The Field
In September 2014, intense flooding washed through the Northwest District and prompted the closing of the bridge over the Nodaway River on Route A between the towns of Maitland and Skidmore. Bridge inspectors, including a dive team, took several days to evaluate the erosion on both the bank and around the bridge supports to determine that the bridge was safe and could reopen to traffic.

Below are photos of the joint efforts of the maintenance crews from Mound City, Tarkio, Clearmont and Maryville to haul rip rap and clear the drift pile that accumulated around the bridge supports.
Drift Clearing
Drift Clearing

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Marcia Johnson
Customer Relations Specialist
Northwest District

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