September 11, 2014

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Memorial Bridge Dedication Ceremony to Honor Barney Douglas
Barney Douglas
Mr. Barney Douglas dedicated his life to serving his country, the state of Missouri and his local community.

A memorial bridge dedication ceremony to honor Barney Douglas of Gainesville, Mo., will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at Ozark County's Hootin' an Hollarin' festival. The ceremony will take place on the main stage in conjunction with the Citizen of the Year Award presentation.

State Representative Lyle Rowland sponsored House Bill 1866 to designate the Route 160 bridge over Lick Creek in Ozark County the "Barney Douglas (The Citizen) Memorial Bridge." The bill was signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon and became effective on Aug. 28, 2014.

Douglas worked for MoDOT in Mountain View, Mo., which is where he met his wife of 69 years, Doris. During World War II, Douglas volunteered for the U.S. Navy Seabees and later worked in a munitions plant in St. Louis. Following the war, he returned to Southern Missouri and MoDOT. Douglas retired from MoDOT as an area supervisor of four maintenance facilities in 1981.

In addition to his MoDOT career, Douglas worked with the American Red Cross bloodmobile for over 30 years, served as an Ozark County Health Department board member for 26 years, and as a member and president of the Gainesville school board. He was also active in the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge #496, Eastern Star, the Lions Club, and the Hootin' an Hollarin' festival.

Douglas passed away on Dec. 22, 2012 at the age of 95, leaving a legacy of community service.

SE District to Hold Meeting to Discuss Route C Project in Mississippi County
Route C Mississippi Co Map
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A public meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 to discuss improvements to Route C in Mississippi County. The meeting will be held at the Delta Growers Association in Charleston, located at 313 South Route 105.

"Visitors can stop-by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. to discuss the details of the improvements with a member of the project team and provide their comments," said Project Manager Eric Krapf.

The proposed project includes replacing the Route C bridge over Lateral Ditch #4 with a box culvert. The structure is located .3 miles west of Route 105. Work is expected to begin in summer 2015, with Route C remaining closed during construction.

For more information, please contact Krapf at (573) 472-5261, Transportation Project Designer David Blalock at (573) 472-5295 or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636).  An online meeting, including the meeting handout and an opportunity to comment, is available at:

MoDOT Closes MO 53 Bridge Near Campbell For Replacement

On Aug. 20, MoDOT closed the MO 53 bridge in Campbell, Mo., as a safety measure for travelers. Following a routine bridge inspection, it was found that the nearly 80-year-old structure had shifted since the last inspection in 2012. Since that time, additional inspections resulted in the Department's decision to keep the structure closed until the bridge can be replaced.

"MoDOT conducts bridge inspections every two years," said David Wyman, MoDOT Area Engineer. "When our inspection crew compared the 2014 inspection with that of two years ago, they found a crack in one of the bridge columns."

Route 53 Detour Route
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Wyman explained that the

Department had been looking at possible solutions that could keep the structure, which carries more than 5,100 vehicles per day, open to traffic. Following the final bridge inspection with Dennis Heckman, MoDOT State Bridge Engineer, the Department determined that closing the bridge until it can be replaced is the only responsible alternative for the traveling public. 

"Safety is our highest priority at MoDOT, and closure of this structure ensures that travelers are not at risk," explains Mark Shelton, District Engineer. "The stark reality is that this is not the only bridge in poor shape in our region or the state. Bridges get older every day, and in this instance we must look at how we can re-prioritize projects to include replacement of this structure."

Shelton went on to explain that replacing the bridge could take up to a year to complete. MO 53 will remain closed until the structure is replaced. MoDOT will work with its design staff and consultants to begin plans to replace the structure.

"We will have to delay other projects that were originally scheduled for 2014 in our Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)," said Shelton. "Some of those projects will be pushed back to 2016 or beyond."

An updated alternate route has been discussed and approved with local city and county officials. Crews will sign the alternate route today. For those traveling south from MO 53, go south on Route OO, south on US 62, east on County Road 306 and north on Route 53.  

For more information, contact Wyman at (573) 421-0373, Shelton at (573) 472-5341 or call MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).

Thanks to...

Willow Springs for the Administration of Local Projects:

Good morning….As a consultant, I understand how often folks with governmental groups miss out on “Thank You’s” for a job well done.  In fact, it’s often that we only hear people complain about government instead of appreciating the many good things that each branch can bring us. With that in mind, I wanted to let you know that your staff has been wonderful to work with on a small sidewalk project in Birch Tree, MO. They’ve kept our firm on track which ended up with a project that the City and school are both proud of. Kids are already using the sidewalk daily as the school year is now in session.  We had the pre-final yesterday and will be closing the project out over the next few weeks.


Sometimes the rules to accomplish one of these projects can be tough to trudge through.  All of these folks deserve a pat on the back for helping my firm and I to make it to the end. 

Thanks again,

Bob Summers, P.E.
Associate Vice President

Southeast Missouri Operations | Office Manager

Fredericktown Maintenance Facility for Outstanding Customer Service:

Following a call about a sight distance issue on Route 72, the customer called back to say it was the best mowing job she had seen and was impressed our crew took care of it the next day. She really appreciates it and wanted to say thank you!


For more info

Nicole Thieret
Customer Relations Manager
Southeast District

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