December 18, 2014

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Salty Dog Arrives in Time for Winter Operations

MoDOT workers will now be able to apply salt brine faster on one of St. Louis’ most traveled routes due to a new piece of truck equipment. The Salty Dog, a tank truck added to the districts fleet last month, enables workers to treat the roads in half the time of a regular plow truck.

The Salty Dog
The Salty Dog sprays water out on the Normandy maintenance building lot during a training session for workers last month. The truck is assigned for Special Operations within the district.

During a snowstorm, the Salty Dog is able to treat three highway lanes with salt brine simultaneously as opposed to up to two lanes with a regular snowplow truck.  In winter operations, it takes 44 gallons of salt brine to treat one lane per mile. With a 5000-gallon brine tank, in one-trip workers can treat the entire 34-miles of I-270 and all of its ramps within the district in both directions.

The Salty Dog is also equipped with high-pressure nozzles, which can assist with bridge flushing operations throughout the district.

“I am very excited to have this new equipment to assist with winter operations. Having the Salty Dog in our district will help free up hundreds of maintenance work hours which in return also saves MoDOT money, said Becky Allmeroth, district maintenance engineer.


Dustin Hertz named October Safety Employee

Being the Sunset Hills building safety representative means a lot more to maintenance worker Dustin Kertz than just updating his co-workers each month. Instead, he vows to keep the safety message alive constantly, and his actions have earned him safety recognition for October.

Dustin Kertz October Safety Employee
Dustin Kertz (standing) shares information with his peers from his safety representative meeting.

Kertz takes his role as safety representative for his building seriously. He makes it his priority to assure that all of his co-workers understand new safety policies or policy changes. He also provides monthly safety updates to his co-workers, and follows up with newer employees to make sure they completely understand.

“Dustin is a great mentor. He clearly demonstrates through his actions the importance of safety. He goes above and beyond to help new employees understand the importance of safety,” said Luke Meese, co-worker who nominated Kertz for the safety recognition.

In addition to the recognition, Kertz will receive a safety PPE bag, two hours of paid time off, recognition at the next district staff meeting and a Safety Employee of the Month certificate.

District Employees Show Their Team Spirit


Festus Project Office
Festus project office employees show their support for Mizzou and Alabama on Friday, Dec. 5, a day before the championship game.

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Marie Elliott
Customer Relations Manager
St. Louis District

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