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October 23, 2014


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Southwest District at Work
Michael May  

Dan Salisbury

CHECKING THE PAPERWORK – Branson Senior Construction Inspector Michael May looks over some paperwork with a contractor at a straightening project on Route 76 west of Branson. (Photo/David Mitchell)   ON THE AIR – Assistant District Engineer Dan Salisbury talks to Joplin radio personalities. The interview is part of a regular appearance on the station covering transportation issues in the district. (Photo/David Mitchell)
 
 

New Format, Flu Shots & Benefits
Information Available at Employee Fair

Jaylyn O'Connor
District Human Resources Manager Jaylyn O’Connor updates employees on equal opportunity policies. (Photo/David Mitchell)
Pat Turner
Springfield Senior Electrician Pat Turner gets a flu shot during the Employee Fair. Flu shots are free for employees who are on the MoDOT healthcare plan. (Photo/David Mitchell)

District employees attended the annual Employee Fair in Springfield between October 21-23.

There was a change in format this year. Instead of sitting in one large room listening to all of the different speakers, employees moved from room to room in smaller groups to hear presenters on different topics.

This year’s agenda was made up of four 50 minute sessions. One of those covered employee benefits.

“This is not an open enrollment year for our medical insurance,” said Support Services Manager and fair coordinator Deborah Stuart, “but it is open enrollment for dental, vision, flexible medical and dependent care.”

Other topics included deferred compensation, safety and wellness along with a presentation from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger also attended the Springfield meetings this year.

Another change was all meetings were in Springfield.

Last year, some employees attended in Joplin and others in Clinton, depending on where in the district they were assigned to work.

“By bringing everyone to Springfield,” said Stuart, “our hope is that it will encourage some new interaction and working relationships within the district.

“I have purposely brought shops and offices together that probably haven’t seen each other before,” she said.

Many district workers got their annual flu shots and visited a number of booths with information about retirement and the charitable campaign as well as getting a new pair of boots at the Boot Mobile.

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony Signals
Official Start of Design-Build Project

Young Women in Engineering
Members of the Design-Build team for Project Freeway pose with students in the Young Women in Engineering outreach program at Logan-Rogersville High School. (Photo/Jennifer Williams)

The official groundbreaking ceremony for Project Freeway: U.S. 60 Rogersville took place Thursday, Oct. 16, kicking off construction on the Southwest District’s Design-Build project to upgrade U.S. 60 through Rogersville to a freeway.

District Engineer, Becky Baltz, hosted the event with speakers including Robert Rademacher representing the Design-Build team of Ozark Regional Road Constructors, State Representative Lyndall Fraker, Greene County 2nd District Commissioner Roseann Bentley, Webster County Presiding Commissioner Paul Ipock, Rogersville Mayor Jack Cole and Vice Chair of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission Joe Carmichael.

Also in attendance were representatives of Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Congressman Billy Long, along with local community and business leaders and members of the Young Women in Engineering outreach program at Logan-Rogersville High School.

“This is without a doubt the largest and most exciting project, and has the greatest potential of anything that has ever happened in the City of Rogersville,” said Mayor Cole. “I believe this will bring opportunities for economic development in terms of jobs and increased revenues for our existing businesses, as well as bring new businesses to the area.”

The project includes intersection improvements and the addition of turn lanes and interchanges along the corridor. The project budget is $35 million and is scheduled for completion in December 2016.

 
 
 
 

For more info

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

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