June 18, 2015

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HERE’S THE PLAN (upper left) – Transportation Project Manager Linda Bokel explains a feature of the widening of U.S. Route 65 south of Springfield at a recent public meeting. (Photo/David Mitchell)

PAPERWORK (upper right) – District Bridge Engineer Dave O’Connor reviews a form used to record his inspection of one of many culverts in Hickory County. (Photo/David Mitchell)

TRUCK HEROES – Springfield Maintenance Crew Leader Chris Cox (wearing blue shirt and ball cap) shows some children a MoDOT snow plow during the Truck Heroes event at a local library branch June 13. (Photo/Jennifer Williams)

Truck Heroes

Southwest District Observes

Employee Appreciation Week

The Southwest District observed Employee Appreciation Week June 8-12 with a number of activities and events for employees and families.

Activities included a night out at a Springfield Cardinals minor league baseball game, long-term safety awards recognition for employees, a paper boat race and Take a Child to Work event that attracted more than 100 children and grandchildren of district employees.

Below are photos from some of the week’s activities.

Aron Raney Bridge Builder
Springfield Senior Design Technician Aron Raney (center) threw out the first pitch at the Springfield Cardinals minor league baseball game on June 5. Raney is joined by team mascot, Louie and pitcher Kurt Heyer. The event was organized by the Southwest Chapter of TEAM. One of the activities children took part in was a bridge building exercise lead by SW Construction staff.
Ron Effland Buckle Bear and Friends
MoDOT’s Non-Motorized Traffic Engineer Ron Effland (left) joins children at the ‘Bike Road-eo’ bicycle safety course during Take a Child to Work event June 11. Buckle Bear (center) was on hand to pose for pictures with employees and their children.
Take a Child to Work Paper Boat Winners
More than 100 children and grandchildren took part in Take a Child to Work, seeing where their MoDOT employee works and to learn more about what they do. Springfield Senior Design Technician Josh Dugan (left), District Construction and Materials Engineer Steve Campbell (center) and District Utilities Engineer Mike Hodges celebrate winning the paper boat race. Their boat floated for over 11 and one-half minutes, and carried over 32 oz of weight!
McKean and Foley Buckle Bear in Truck
Tired from helping at the Bike Road-eo, Assistant District Engineer Laurel McKean (left) and Intermediate Safety Officer Doug Foley enjoy lunch (provided by the SW Chapter of TEAM) at the Take a Child to Work event. Buckle Bear takes a turn climbing into one of the MoDOT maintenance trucks on display at the Take a Child to Work event.
Safety Awards Lunch in Joplin Take a Child to Work - Survey
Employees across the district were honored with long-term safety awards, and treated to lunch. This get together was at the Joplin Regional Office June 9. Children learned about some of the tools and equipment MoDOT employees use on the job. Above, they are checking out surveying equipment.

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Jennifer Williams
Communications Manager
Southwest District

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