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April 23, 2015


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Southwest District at Work
Jason Evenden Greg Chapman
MEETING THE CUSTOMERS – Joplin Resident Engineer Jason Evenden talks with a customer at an open house meeting about planned improvements to Route 60 in Neosho. The project is a partnership with the City of Neosho and the Neosho Transportation Development District. (Photo/David Mitchell) CLASS PARTICIPATION – Greg Chapman, Deputy Director of the Project Freeway: U.S. 60 Rogersville (holding the red sign, upper right) participates in a diversity outreach event with students at Missouri State University. (Photo/David Mitchell)

Laurel McKean Named New Southwest District Assistant District Engineer
Laurel McKean
Laurel McKean, Southwest District Assistant District Engineer.

Laurel McKean, a 19-year MoDOT veteran, has been named the Southwest District’s new Assistant District Engineer.

McKean will manage Operations, overseeing Maintenance, Traffic, General Services and Risk Management.

She also will be the face of MoDOT, working with local, state and federal lawmakers, chambers of commerce, business leaders and the public in Jasper, Newton, McDonald and Lawrence counties. In addition, she will work with MoDOT’s adjoining state departments of transportation including northwest Arkansas, northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas.

McKean, who grew up in Springfield, began her MoDOT career in 1996 as a construction inspector at the Branson Project Office, overseeing highway construction projects including the construction of the Branson Maintenance and Project Office complex on the north side of Branson.

She served as a senior traffic studies specialist and a traffic operations engineer in the former District 8 in Springfield. One of her main duties was co-manager of the Traffic Management Center of the Ozarks which MoDOT operates in partnership with the city of Springfield to coordinate traffic signals in the Springfield metro area.

McKean has also served as a project manager, working out of MoDOT’s District Office in Macon. Her most recent MoDOT position was District Traffic Engineer in the Kansas City District.

McKean has an extensive background in traffic management, highway construction and highway design and is a licensed professional engineer.

She is a 1996 graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, earning a degree in civil engineering.

McKean replaces long-time Assistant District Engineer Dan Salisbury who retired April 1 after a 37-year career with MoDOT.

 

Groundbreaking Signals Start of

Improvements to Route 60 in Neosho

After years of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony held Monday, April 20, signaled the official beginning of construction of improvements to Route 60 in Neosho.

Neosho TDD Groundbreaking
Southwest District Engineer Becky Baltz (far right) along with members of the Neosho Transportation Development District turn shovels of dirt marking the official start of a project to make a number of intersection improvements along Route 60 in Neosho. (Photo/David Mitchell)

The ceremony at the Neosho Middle School was attended by more than 50 people, including Neosho residents, local government officials, school district members and MoDOT leaders.

The $5.3 million project features two new intersections on Route 60 east of Kodiak Road, new outer roads on either side of Route 60, the extension of Laramie Lane and Hale McGinty Drive and other intersection improvements.

A transportation development district was formed to help fund the project. After years of planning and working with the Neosho community, the project is now ready to be built.

“This is a partnership with the city, the TDD and MoDOT," said District Engineer Becky Baltz at the groundbreaking event. "We hit a few snags along the way, but it is exciting to have the official groundbreaking event today. The end result is a project that improves traffic flow and safety, enhances mobility and prepares the area to attract future development.”

Traffic Impact During Construction:

  • Possible nighttime lane closings between the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • At least one lane of traffic open in each direction on Route 60.
  • There will be little traffic impact on Route 60 early in the project. In the beginning the contractor will be concentrating on building the new outer roads.

Project Background:

  • Build new intersection on Route 60 at Adams Drive
  • Build new intersection on Route 60 at Laramie Lane & Hearthside Street
  • Build new outer roads north and south of Route 60
  • Extend Hale McGinty Drive south to Adams Drive
  • Improve intersection at Kodiak Road & Norway Road
  • Improve intersection at Hale McGinty Drive & Waldo Hatler Memorial Drive
  • Partnership between MoDOT, Neosho Transportation Development District and the City of Neosho

The prime contractor on the project is APAC-Missouri of Springfield. The project is scheduled for completion by the first of November.

This is likely to be one of the last cost share projects in smaller communities in the district. MoDOT needs $160 million to ensure funds Missourians spend on Federal fuel taxes can be matched and returned to the state.

 
Milestone Reached, First Girders Placed At Battlefield Road/Route 65 Interchange Reconstruction Project
Battlefield Bridge Girders Battlefield Bridge Girder
Contractor crews hoist a girder into place as part of the Battlefield Road/Route 65 Interchange Reconstruction project in Springfield. When complete this fall, the will project feature a new higher, slightly wider bridge over Route 65 with a Diverging Diamond traffic pattern. (Photo/David Mitchell) A member of the Hartman Construction crew uses hand signals to place a bridge girder for the south half of the new Battlefield Road bridge at Route 65. Placing bridge girders takes a lot of coordination and communication. (Photo/David Mitchell)
 
 
 

For more info

Jennifer Williams
Customer Relations Manager
Southwest District
417.895.7713
Jennifer.Williams@modot.mo.gov

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