December 18, 2014

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Congrats to the SE District Innovations Showcase Winners!
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On Dec. 11, Innovations Challenge participants put their ideas and designs to the test at the SE District’s Innovations showcase.

Eighteen teams were named SE District winners and will receive $75 per person or a maximum of $450 per team.

Congratulations to the following SE Innovations showcase winners:

  • Roadside Obstacle Marker: Shawn Shipley, Chasten Rogers, Andy Boyd, Luke Cooley, Will Scharnhorst, Jeff Strong, Dillan Collins and Kody Decker
  • Materials Load Indicator: Jason Norris and Greg Buckner
    Innovations Challenge Showcase


    72157649747116436/ to see photos from this year's SE District Innovations Showcase.

  • Sign Tailgate: Mike Arnold and Reggie Null
  • Winter Operations Heated Windshield: Kelly Smith and Lonnie Chambers
  • Spare Tire/Road Sign Hauler: Rick Russell, Carl Francis and Ron Rehkop
  • Pedestal Utility Markers: Daniel Lacey
  • Guard Cable Tool: Josh Wessel
  • Minor Road Project Criteria: Dave Wyman, Joe Killian and Benji Philpot
  • Safety Incentive Program: Stan Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Enos Criddle, Chris Rutledge, Matt Seiler and Kirby Woods
  • Water Curing Tank: Terry Fields and Ron King
  • Rebar Clearance/Deck Thickness Gauge: Buddy Cora
  • ADA Improvements Database Utilizing Google Earth: David Peyton and Sheryl Wunderlich
  • Multi-use Distributor/Snow Removal Truck: Paul Keena, Jimmy Robinson and Nick Meese
  • Gravity Flow Beet Juice/Materials Applicator: Kerry Grogan and Buddy Terrill
  • Winter Chemical Loading System: Lonnie Gibbs and Kyle Winch
  • Invasive Weed Control on MODOT Right of Way: Mark Aufdenberg
  • Replacement Stub Sign Base: Jamie Schaffer
  • Modified Destination/Road Closed Flip Sign: Bradley Adams, Randal Ewing, Rick Allen, Casey Johnson and Larry Pierce

Next, a statewide team will take a look at the winners from each district and select the top innovations to compete at the Statewide Innovations Challenge Showcase in spring 2015.

SE District Spreads Holiday Cheer
Holiday Sweaters Flickr
Click the image above to view photos from the holiday sweater competition.

Whether it’s a lunch break sweater competition or a volunteer event that took weeks of work and planning, the SE District is spreading holiday cheer.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Competition              

Ugly sweaters recently filled the halls of the SE District office in Sikeston, as employees displayed their interesting and inventive fashion choices.

SE District Regional Counsel John Koenig judged the festive sweaters during lunch, and although it was a tough call, Craig Compas, Sue Sifford and Pam Masterson took the top three prizes.

Photos of the contestants are available at:


Christmas Angels     

For over 25 years, volunteers from the SE District have helped grant holiday wishes to local families through the Christmas Angels Program.

"The program began with a crockpot of chili and the desire to help at least one child," said MoDOT Transportation Project Designer Jeff Wachter. "The program has continued to grow. It is touching to see such an outpouring of generosity."

Christmas Angels Flickr-Photos
Click the image above to view photos from this year's Christmas Angels chili event.

This year, nearly 1,500 orders of chili were sold. Coupled with donations, the profits brought in enough money to help 100 children.

Volunteers work with the Department of Family Services to identify needy children in the area.

"We can't thank the businesses, organizations and individuals enough for their continued support of the Christmas Angels program," said Senior Design Technician Kathy Hixson. “They helped provide holiday wishes to SE Missouri families that otherwise would not have received any gifts.”

A complete list of businesses, organizations and individuals that supported this year’s Christmas Angels Program is available at:

Thanks again to the MoDOT employees who generously used their leave time to assist, as well as the MoDOT retirees who continue to help make the event possible.

Upcoming Improvements to Butler County Bridges
Maps of Upcoming Bridge Projects
Click the image above or attend the online meeting at for more information.

The SE District is currently planning to improve three Butler County bridges. Two of the bridges are located on Route 142 over Hart Ditch and Long Slough Ditch. The third bridge is on Route 158 over the drainage ditch located approximately 0.7 miles west of Route BB.

The project will involve replacing the existing bridges over Hart Ditch and the drainage ditch. The bridge over Long Slough Ditch will be replaced with a culvert; grading and paving will also be completed. Acquisition of right-of-way will be minimal and will only be required for the Hart Ditch bridge project. Existing utility lines will be affected on this project.

Construction of the new bridges is expected to begin in summer 2015. Work is expected to be completed in approximately four months, weather permitting. As construction is underway, Route 142 and Route 158 will be closed to through traffic in the vicinity of the bridges for the duration of the work. Property owners within the project limits will have access into their properties during this time.

For more information, please contact Project Manager Pete Berry at (417) 469-6242, Transportation Project Designer Dave Blalock at (573) 472-5295 or 1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636). An online meeting is available at:


For more info

Nicole Thieret
Customer Relations Manager
Southeast District

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