MO.gov News Feed /news-rss MO.gov News Feed Wed, 19 Jun 2024 17:06:54 +0000 en-us Route 63 in Howell and Oregon Counties Reduced for Pavement Repairs https://www.modot.org/node/49588 49588 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 21:10:01 +0000 Route 63 in Howell and Oregon Counties Reduced for Pavement Repairs Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 21:10 Willow Springs―Route 63 in Howell and Oregon Counties will be reduced to one lane with an 11-foot width restriction as construction crews perform pavement repairs.      This section of roadway is located from Business 63 to County Road 366 in Koshkonong, Missouri.  As construction is underway, flaggers will be present, and traffic will be guided through the work zone with a pilot car.  Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, March 4 through Wednesday, July 31 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.   The work zone will be marked with signs.  Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.  For additional information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/southeast.    ###  facebook.com/MoDOTSoutheast  twitter.com/MoDOTSoutheast  youtube.com/MoDOTSoutheast  Districts Involved Southeast Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 16:07 MoDOT to close various lanes on Route CC at Little Creek to install temporary bypass https://www.modot.org/node/49587 49587 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 16:00:01 +0000 MoDOT to close various lanes on Route CC at Little Creek to install temporary bypass Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 16:00 FRANKLIN COUNTY- Motorists who use Route CC at Little Creek in Franklin County may want to seek alternate routes starting Monday, June 24 starting at 7 a.m. as crews prepare to replace a box culvert.  The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing various sections on Route CC at Little Creek while crews install temporary traffic signals and construct a temporary one-lane bypass. Crews will begin adding the temporary signals and once that work is completed the one-lane temporary bypass will be construction. The temporary bypass and traffic signals will be place until crews completed construction on the new box culvert. The project is expected to be completed by November 2024. A flagging operation will be in place to direct traffic until the temporary traffic signals are installed. To sign up for project updates, visit: Route CC Culvert Replacement in Franklin | Missouri Department of Transportation (modot.org). For up-to-date traffic and travel info, motorists can check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.                                                                                ###   Districts Involved St. Louis Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 10:56 U.S. Route 54 to remain open during bridge rehabilitation project https://www.modot.org/node/49586 49586 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 15:50:01 +0000 U.S. Route 54 to remain open during bridge rehabilitation project Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 15:50 Traffic to narrow to one lane in each direction for 0.6 miles JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Concrete Strategies, LLC, are working to secure the necessary clearances to begin the rehabilitation of two overpass bridges along a vital corridor in Jefferson City. Once the go-ahead is received from partners, traffic on a 0.6-mile section of U.S. Route 54 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction, south of the Missouri River bridges, over McCarty Street and U.S. Route 50. The work will be conducted within 90 days and split into two phases – westbound bridge rehabilitation, then eastbound bridge rehabilitation. While ramp availability is subject to change, all ramps to/from U.S. Route 54 are expected to remain open during the first phase. Some ramp closures will be necessary during the eastbound bridge rehabilitation in the second phase. Both phases will be completed within 90 calendar days, or the contractor may incur liquidated damages. There are incentives built into the contract if they’re able to complete both phases earlier. Using crossovers just south of the Missouri River Bridges and just north of Missouri Boulevard, traffic will be narrowed to one lane each direction, in a head-to-head configuration with a temporary concrete barrier and speed reduction through the work zone. “We ask drivers to please slow down, stay in your lane and follow the signs and message boards as you navigate the work zone,” said Resident Engineer Chris Brownell. “For those who will be traveling this route daily, consider planning extra travel time and avoiding peak hours, when you can.” MoDOT has contracted with Concrete Strategies, LLC to perform bridge joint and deck repairs, then place a new thin concrete overlay. This stretch of Route 54 carries more than 31,000 vehicles on an average day. Significant delays are expected in both directions during weekday morning and evening rush. A webpage about this project can be found at https://www.modot.org/us-route-54-bridge-rehabilitations-over-us-route-50-and-mccarty-street-cole-county. While there, visitors can view maps outlining traffic impacts, see answers to frequently asked questions and sign up for project-specific email updates. All work is weather permitting, and schedules are subject to change. MoDOT asks all motorists to work with us by buckling up, putting your phone down, obeying all traffic signs, and slowing down and moving over in work zones.   For more information about MoDOT projects, traffic updates, or other transportation-related matters, please visit our Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/ or call our 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636). While at modot.org, sign up for work zone updates sent directly to your inbox. Information is also available 24/7 by connecting with us on social media: Facebook | X (Twitter) | Instagram   Take the Challenge! Buckle Up/Phone Down  ### Districts Involved Central Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 10:40 Links to related information U.S. Route 54 bridge rehabilitations over U.S. Route 50 and McCarty Street webp… Reminder: Cook Road Bridge in St. Joseph to close June 20 https://www.modot.org/node/49585 49585 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 15:10:01 +0000 Reminder: Cook Road Bridge in St. Joseph to close June 20 Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 15:10 ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Cook Road Bridge rehabilitation over Interstate 29 in St. Joseph will be delayed by one week. Clarkson Construction Company, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, scheduled the bridge closure to begin Monday, June 17 but due to contractor scheduling, it will now close Thursday, June 20. The roadway will close from 38th Street to just east of the bridge at the driveway entrance to Renovations Church. Access to/from Chris Hessler Road will be closed. Motorists will need to seek an alternate route during the closure. The project will widen the bridge and replace it’s driving surface. The City of St. Joseph has also allocated funds to add a pedestrian sidewalk to the south side of the bridge which will include decorative fencing and concrete sides.  The project is anticipated to be complete by October 2024. During construction, I-29 will be closed both directions, during three separate operations of the rehabilitation (bridge demolition, placement of girders and girder painting). Motorists will be detoured on I-229 during this time. Specific dates, times and detour information will be provided when available. In addition, overnight lane closures on I-29 below the bridge may occur between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place. To learn more about the project, visit: https://www.modot.org/interstate-29-bridge-rehabilitation-buchanan. All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change. MoDOT asks drivers to work with us by always buckling up, keeping your phone down, slowing down and moving over in work zones. Know before you go and check what work zones you might encounter at traveler.modot.org. While at modot.org, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media. Facebook | X | Instagram   Take the Challenge! Buckle Up/Phone Down ### Project Webpage https://www.modot.org/interstate-29-bridge-rehabilitation-buchanan Districts Involved Northwest Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 10:01 TRAFFIC ALERT: Route H Reduced to One Lane in Monett for Water Pipe Repair June 19 https://www.modot.org/node/49584 49584 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 14:30:01 +0000 TRAFFIC ALERT: Route H Reduced to One Lane in Monett for Water Pipe Repair June 19 Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 14:30 Where: Lawrence County Route H in Monett near Scott Street When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, June 19 What: City of Monett crews making repairs to water pipe Traffic Impacts: Route H reduced to one lane near Scott Street where crews are working Drivers will encounter flaggers directing traffic through the work zone Drivers should find alternate route      For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest Follow MoDOT's Southwest District: Facebook | X | Instagram |YouTube Take the Challenge! Buckle Up/Phone Down Districts Involved Southwest Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 09:28 MoDOT to close three EB I-270 lanes for bridge girder repair https://www.modot.org/node/49583 49583 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 14:00:01 +0000 MoDOT to close three EB I-270 lanes for bridge girder repair Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 14:00 Project I-270 North: Build. Progress. Together. ST. LOUIS – Drivers who use eastbound Interstate 270 near Route 367 should be aware of possible delays over the next week. Crews will close three lanes on eastbound I-270 at the Pershall Road bridge just west of Route 367 Friday, June 21, and Monday, June 24 through Wednesday, June 26. The lanes will be closed weekdays between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. so crews can make repairs to a girder on the Pershall Road bridge that was struck by a dump truck last year. Drivers will be able to exit to Route 367 after passing under the Pershall Road bridge. Drivers should expect congestion and slower traffic through the work zone. # # # Districts Involved St. Louis Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 08:57 Lane and ramp closures on SB I-435 for bridge rehabilitation over Raytown Rd., June 20-21 https://www.modot.org/node/49582 49582 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 13:40:01 +0000 Lane and ramp closures on SB I-435 for bridge rehabilitation over Raytown Rd., June 20-21 Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 13:40 New lane and ramp closures evening and overnight, June 20-21. JACKSON COUNTY – Crews will continue bridge rehabilitation on the twin bridges on I-435 over Raytown Road. The following traffic configuration is in place. NEW: Beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 until 6 a.m. on Friday, June 21 (approximately) SB I-435 will be reduced to ONE lane The ramp from EB I-70 to SB I-435 will be CLOSED ONGOING: NB I-435 will have a two-lane closure before Raytown Rd. from ONGOING through mid-Aug. 2024. SB I-435 will have a single lane closure over Raytown Rd. from ONGOING through Dec. 2024 Reminders for motorists traveling to the stadiums: Motorists will need to plan ahead, leave early and be vigilant of work in the area. Access to the stadiums from I-435 north may be impacted. Additional reminders will be shared on MoDOT KC social media channels and email alerts through the MoDOT E-Update system throughout construction. Reminders for work at NB I-435 and Raytown Road/Stadium Dr. Exit Ramp from NB I-435 to Raytown Road/Stadium Dr. will remain open. Two lanes will remain open at all times. I-435 traffic will be diverted onto the Raytown Rd./Stadium Dr. exit ramp and then back to I-435 via a temporary roadway between the ramp and NB I-435, in order to keep two lanes open at all times on NB I-435 Crews are working to finish NB I-435 construction ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs first preseason game. Reminders for work at SB I-435 and Raytown Road/Stadium Dr. Two lanes will remain open at all times. All three lanes will be open before the SB I-435 and Raytown Road/Stadium Rd. entrance ramp. SB I-435 construction will continue through Dec. 2024 In the coming months, motorists may notice traffic impacts on SB I-435 near the I-70 interchange and the NB I-435 traffic just north of Sni-A-Bar Rd as crews work to rehab the twin bridges. All work is weather permitting. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway. For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.org/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on X, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity/. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). Districts Involved Kansas City Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 08:35 MoDOT to close Route K over Brush Creek for geological evaluation https://www.modot.org/node/49581 49581 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 13:20:01 +0000 MoDOT to close Route K over Brush Creek for geological evaluation Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 13:20 FRANKLIN COUNTY- Motorists who use Route K over Brush Creek in Franklin County should use alternate routes starting Monday, June 24 during the daytime weekly closures. Crews will close Route K over Brush Creek by Haynes Memorial Drive from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The closure dates are Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28. Work will start again Monday, July 1 and is expected to be completed by Wednesday, July 3. Geologists will be conducting soil and rock evaluation for potential future projects in the area. Local traffic will be able to travel through the closure near Chapel Hill Road and Spanish Claims Road. Electronic message boards are displayed near the area for further details. For up-to-date traffic and travel info, motorists can check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.                                                                 ### Districts Involved St. Louis Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 08:17 Upcoming and extended closures for Buck O'Neil Bridge work, June 19-25 https://www.modot.org/node/49580 49580 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 13:10:01 +0000 Upcoming and extended closures for Buck O'Neil Bridge work, June 19-25 Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 13:10 Project Buck O'Neil Bridge Design-Build Project JACKSON AND CLAY COUNTIES – Crews with the Buck O’Neil Bridge project will make the following closures: Wednesday, June 19 Crews will close the right lane of NB I-35 at 12th St. from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Crews will close the ramp from NB I-35 to Broadway Blvd. from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Crews will close the ramp from 5th St. to NB I-35 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday, June 20 - Friday, June 21 and Monday, June 24 - Tuesday, June 25 Crews will close the right lane of NB I-35 at 12th St. from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Crews will close the ramp from NB I-35 to Broadway Blvd. from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. ONGOING through July 2024 The ramp from EB I-70 to SB I-35 will be closed for repair and rehabilitation as part of the Buck O'Neil Bridge project. The current Buck O’Neil Memorial Bridge is a triple arch bridge carrying U.S. Route 169 over the Missouri River and serves as a key regional connection between downtown Kansas City and communities north of the river. While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected service life.  #BuckBridge Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway. For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.org/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on X, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity/. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). Districts Involved Kansas City Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 08:06 Delayed: Missouri Route 5 closure for concrete repairs in Chariton and Linn Counties https://www.modot.org/node/49579 49579 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 18 Jun 2024 13:00:01 +0000 Delayed: Missouri Route 5 closure for concrete repairs in Chariton and Linn Counties Visitor (not verified) Tue, 06/18/2024 - 13:00 ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The reopening of Missouri Route 5 in Linn County under the BNSF railroad bridge in Marceline and Route 5 in Chariton County under the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge west of Salisbury has been delayed due to additional paving and guardrail needed. Capital Paving and Construction, LLC, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation now expect to reopen Route 5 in Linn County on Friday, June 21, and Route 5 in Chariton County on Wednesday, June 26. Below is updated information regarding each closure: Linn County Route 5: CLOSED around the clock under the BNSF Railroad bridge in Marceline – now through Friday, June 21. Traffic will continue to be directed on U.S. Route 36, Missouri Route 129 and Route WW around the closure. Chariton County Route 5: CLOSED around the clock under the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge west of Salisbury – now through Wednesday, June 26. Traffic will be directed on Route 24, Route KK and Route WW around the closure. This is part of a project that included the resurfacing of Missouri Route 5 in Chariton County, Route 5 in Linn County and Missouri Route 41 in Carroll County. All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change. Know before you go by visiting the MoDOT Traveler Information Map for work zone information and road conditions at http://traveler.modot.org/map/, or downloading from your smart phone’s app store. MoDOT asks drivers to work with us by always buckling up, keeping your phone down, slowing down and moving over in work zones. Get project and work zone news straight to your email by signing up for eUpdates. Information is also available 24/7 by calling 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or by connecting with us on social media. Facebook | X | Instagram   Take the Challenge! Buckle Up/Phone Down ### Districts Involved Northwest Published On Tue, 06/18/2024 - 07:57 Elite Tool and Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication announce expansions in Lincoln County, investing a total of more than $30.25 million and creating 36 new jobs https://ded.mo.gov/press-room/elite-tool-and-swafford-kientzy-machine-fabrication-announce-expansions-lincoln-county 5006 at https://ded.mo.gov Mon, 17 Jun 2024 16:06:08 +0000 Elite Tool and Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication announce expansions in Lincoln County, investing a total of more than $30.25 million and creating 36 new jobs Taylor Lewis Mon, 06/17/2024 - 16:06 June 18, 2024 Elite Tool and Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF) announced today that they will both expand in Lincoln County, investing a combined total of more than $30.25 million and creating a total of 36 new jobs.“We’re proud to see businesses like Elite Tool and Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication growing in our state,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Expansions like these highlight the value of Missouri’s skilled workforce, superior infrastructure, and ideal business climate. We look forward to the continued success of both companies as they invest and create new jobs in Lincoln County.”Elite Tool, a lean contract manufacturer offering quality manufacturing solutions, will expand at a new location in Moscow Mills, investing $30 million and creating 32 new jobs. The new 120,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will increase the company’s efficiency and ability to keep up with customer needs. Elite Tool takes pride in community involvement that includes working closely with local high schools and Ranken Technical College. The company is dedicated to helping educate youth about the importance and need for skilled trade jobs.“We are truly blessed with the abundant opportunities that continue to flow through our doors,” said Frank Roth IV, Owner of Elite Tool. “These opportunities, whether it be new customers, projects or skilled employees, afford us the ability to continue to invest in Elite Tool and our local community.”Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF), an industry leader in machining and custom metal fabrication, will expand in Troy and increase its workforce by 25%. Increased demand for the company’s custom metal work created a need for its expansion and new equipment. Operating with more than 20 years’ experience in the machine and fabrication industry, Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF) offers a variety of products and services to meet customers’ metal needs. The company proudly works with local companies, supports the local schools and FFA programs.“Words cannot express how grateful we are for the continued growth the company has made over the last 7 years,” said Lori Swafford, Co-Owner of Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication. “We would not be where we are today without our amazing customers, vendors, and dedicated employees. With our expansion, Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication anticipates continued growth opportunities to help benefit the local and surrounding areas which will allow for further investment into Lincoln County.”“It’s exciting to support Elite Tool and Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication as they expand and create new opportunities in Lincoln County,” said Michelle Hataway, Director of the Department of Economic Development. “These expansions are further proof of how our state’s economic advantages and collaboration with our partners are helping Missourians prosper.”For their expansions, Elite Tool and Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF) will benefit from the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation.What others are saying“The Lincoln County Economic Development Office is always excited when one of our current companies is expanding, especially from those who have already invested so much into the community,” said Julie Rodgers, Executive Director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Office. “We are very proud to have both of these companies in Lincoln County and very honored to be working side by side with them as they grow.”About Elite ToolElite Tool is a manufacturer serving aerospace, commercial, and government and defense industry applications since 1992. The company’s team is dedicated to ensuring quality products and services at competitive prices that meet or exceed customer expectations. Elite Tool has specifically designed its building to provide customers with a single point-of-contact and accountability to simplify process management.To learn more about Elite Tool, visit elite-tool.com.About Swafford-Kientzy Machine and FabricationSwafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF) is a family owned and operated job-shop ready to assist. Offering exceptional quality is the foundation of Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF) and used as a driving force behind all decisions to ensure quality materials and customer service.To learn more about Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF), visit swaffordkientzymachinefabrication.com.About the Missouri Department of Economic DevelopmentThe Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) works to create an environment that encourages economic growth by supporting Missouri’s businesses and diverse industries, strengthening our communities, developing a talented and skilled workforce, and maintaining a high quality of life. As one team built around the customer and driven by data, DED aspires to be the best economic development department in the Midwest. Through its various initiatives, DED is helping create opportunities for Missourians to prosper.For the latest updates on DED’s current or future programs and initiatives, visit DED’s website.About the Missouri Works ProgramAs the state’s number one incentive tool for expansion and retention, the Missouri Works Program helps businesses access capital through withholdings or tax credits to embark on facility expansions and create jobs. This program can also help businesses purchase equipment to maintain its facility in Missouri. Darlene Helmig selected as June 2024 Missouri Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/darlene-helmig-selected-june-2024-missouri-department-natural-resources-team-member-month 260031 at https://dnr.mo.gov Mon, 17 Jun 2024 15:52:06 +0000 Darlene Helmig selected as June 2024 Missouri Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month Karen Kremer Mon, 06/17/2024 - 15:52 Release Date Tuesday, June 18, 2024 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 18, 2024 – Darlene Helmig, a unit chief with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Environmental Quality, has been selected as the department’s Team Member of the Month for June 2024. She was selected for her service to the department and her efforts to implement computerized testing for water and wastewater operator certifications.As part of her usual duties, Helmig supervises the operator certification unit within the Water Protection Program’s Public Drinking Water Branch. In 2022, she developed a proposal to secure a third-party contract to provide computer-based testing for water and wastewater operator certifications. While computer-based testing had long been considered as a possibility, the post-pandemic focus on remote work and learning garnered a serious look into making it a reality.Once a contract was secured, Helmig lead her team as they worked with the contractor to test and implement the new program. After many months of weekly meetings with the contractor to resolve issues, the first computer-based tests were given in June 2023.Computer-based exams offer a faster timeline from application to certification and feedback has been very positive. During the 2023 testing period, the operator certification unit processed 976 applications for computer-based exams out of an estimated 1,800, which is a great example of interest in the program.The program’s success eventually led to a switch to 100% computer-based testing in August 2023. Now, individuals can self-schedule exams and choose between in-person or remotely proctored exams, both of which offer immediate results.“Darlene brought her determination and high standards to the implementation process and did not allow anything to slip by,” said Lance Dorsey, a section chief who nominated Helmig for the award. “She is always focused on maintaining high standards and great customer service for operators in Missouri.”Helmig joined the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in August 1998 and resides in Belle. Contact Information Communications Office Address Department of Natural Resources P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov Get outside with Ian’s Ride! https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/get-outside-ians-ride 259991 at https://dnr.mo.gov Mon, 17 Jun 2024 13:03:40 +0000 Get outside with Ian’s Ride! Karen Kremer Mon, 06/17/2024 - 13:03 Release Date Monday, June 17, 2024 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 17, 2024 – Join Missouri State Parks and Ian Mackay as we commemorate his trek across the Katy Trail. On Monday June 24 at 9:30 a.m., the North Jefferson Trailhead of the Katy Trail, Mackay will start his journey toward Rocheport and he encourages trail enthusiasts to join him. Mackay is spending the week in Missouri, traversing the Katy using his wheelchair to promote accessibility to the trail.June 4, 2008, started as a normal day for Mackay. At 26, he was coming home from a college study group, riding down the bike path and enjoying the wind in his hair. However, unbeknownst to Mackay, there was some sand on one of the path’s turns that made his bike slide, causing him to lose control. Luckily, his helmet saved his life when he collided headfirst into a tree. While never losing consciousness, he soon realized he could not move his arms or legs. After arriving at the nearest hospital, he was informed he had a spinal cord injury.After multiple respiratory issues and a long surgery, doctors determined Mackay damaged his spinal cord near the C2 vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. In time, Mackay met other spinal cord injury survivors who helped him learn how to live life as a paralyzed man and eventually rekindle his passion for being outdoors.Mackay obtained a dependable and easily accessible cellphone, freeing him to go outside alone. This allowed him to start exploring on his own, which led to him put 10 to 20 miles per day on his chair. He downloaded an app that tracks his distance, route and speed using GPS and has racked up 10,000 miles since then.In 2016, he founded Ian’s Ride, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in Washington to promote outdoor accessibility, further the availability of accessible technology and encourage support services for those with mobility impairment.“I do this to demonstrate what is possible for people of all abilities,” said Mackay. “I do this to appreciate a much-needed adventure in time with close friends. I also do this to highlight accessible infrastructure and encourage others to go follow their own dream. Mainly I just want to show that you can live a full life despite disability.”For more information on state parks and historic , visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Contact Information Tisha Holden Division Information Officer Address Missouri State Parks P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Office 573-751-6510 Toll-free 800-334-6946 Email tisha.holden@dnr.mo.gov VIDEO: Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern farewell address https://newsroom.house.mo.gov/news/2050 https://newsroom.house.mo.gov/?p=2050 Mon, 17 Jun 2024 09:50:05 +0000 Kansas City Representative Maggie Nurrenbern bid her colleagues farewell in the final days of the 2024 legislative session: VIDEO: Rep. Doug Richey farewell address https://newsroom.house.mo.gov/news/2049 https://newsroom.house.mo.gov/?p=2049 Mon, 17 Jun 2024 09:48:22 +0000 Excelsior Springs Representative Doug Richey offered this farewell address as the 2024 session was drawing to a close: