June 4 , 2015

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St. Louis District Announces New Southwest County Area Engineer

Karen Yeomans

Karen Yeomans was recently selected as area engineer for Southwest St. Louis County. 

Yeomans is a 1994 graduate of the University of Missouri –Rolla with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. She is a professional engineer in the state of Missouri and has been with the department for more than 20 years.

Most recently, she held the position of district design engineer in St. Louis and led her team in finding innovations and efficiencies in the design process to deliver the STIP. She served as a liaison between Design and other departments, districts and outside agencies. 

“Throughout her career, Karen has demonstrated her ability to gain team collaboration, communicate effectively, manage complex issues, and compassionately develop team members.  I am excited about the opportunities this appointment will give Karen and the Southwest County area team. She has outstanding ideas and I look forward to seeing her implement them,” said Tom Blair, assistant district engineer.  

Yeomans began her new role as area engineer on June 1.


Barrel Bob Embraces Veterans Group

2015 Run for the Wall

Barrel Bob is amongst hundreds of supportors for the Run for the Wall ride in Wentzville on May 18.

Barrel Bob along with some MoDOT employees showed their support for more than 500 bikers riding across country in honor of veterans. The MoDOT team met and greeted the bikers at a scheduled stop in Wentzville on May 18 as part of the Run for the Wall ride. The 10-day cross-country motorcycle journey is dedicated to remembering and honoring those who have served in wartime and those who are missing in action from all U.S. wars. The MoDOT crew presented them with motorcycle safety brochures as well as “Watch for Motorcycles” key chains and bumper stickers as a token of support for their cause.

MoDOT employees helped prepare Barrel Bob for his appearance just hours before the bikers scheduled stop in Wentzville. He was dressed in a motorcycle helmet and vest to fit the occasion.  

Fred Chew, a maintenance crew leader and motorcyclist, was amongst the MoDOT employees in Wentzville. Chew previously participated in the Run for the Wall ride with his son in 2000.

Barrel Bob Run for the Wall 2015

Barrel Bob greets and directs the bikers towards the MoDOT table for safety information and give-a-ways.

“I know firsthand how much the bikers appreciate pulling up to a scheduled stop and being embraced by caring people that support them and care for their safety. I think this is a great way to show them that we do both,” said Chew.

This year marks the 27th annual Run for the Wall event. The ride began on May 13 in California and ended in Washington, DC on Memorial Day.

For more information on the 2015 Run for the Wall ride, please visit this link:








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Marie Elliott
Communications Manager
St. Louis District

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