MO.gov News Feed /news-rss MO.gov News Feed Tue, 07 Dec 2021 17:53:17 +0000 en-us Route H in Ozark County to CLOSE for Culvert Replacement https://www.modot.org/node/24793 24793 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 07 Dec 2021 10:15:02 +0000 Route H in Ozark County to CLOSE for Culvert Replacement Visitor (not verified) Tue, 12/07/2021 - 11:15 WILLOW SPRINGS - Route H in Ozark County will CLOSE as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace the culvert under the roadway. The road will be CLOSED from Route PP to US Hwy 160.                                                            Weather permitting, the road will be CLOSED on Wednesday, Dec. 8 through Friday, Dec. 10 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Motorists are urged to seek and alternate route. Road will be open to local traffic only. 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 yooutube.com/MoDOTSoutheast Districts Involved Southeast Published On Tue, 12/07/2021 - 06:12 Guardrail work scheduled for portion of westbound I-435 on Dec. 7 https://www.modot.org/node/24792 24792 at https://www.modot.org Tue, 07 Dec 2021 07:25:01 +0000 Guardrail work scheduled for portion of westbound I-435 on Dec. 7 Visitor (not verified) Tue, 12/07/2021 - 08:25   JACKSON COUNTY – The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the right most lane of westbound Interstate 435 from approximately Holmes Rd. to just past the Wornall Rd. on ramp beginning at 9:30 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. This closure is for guardrail work at Wornall Rd. All work is weather permitting. Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE. 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.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, 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 work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). Districts Involved Kansas City Published On Tue, 12/07/2021 - 03:20 MoDOT's Southeast District to Hold 18th Annual Bridge Building Competition https://www.modot.org/node/24791 24791 at https://www.modot.org Mon, 06 Dec 2021 16:15:01 +0000 MoDOT's Southeast District to Hold 18th Annual Bridge Building Competition Visitor (not verified) Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:15 Virtual Ceremony Planned for Dec. 9 SIKESTON-The Missouri Department of Transportation’s Southeast District will hold the 18th Annual Bridge Building Competition on Thursday, Dec. 9. Like last year’s competition, the ceremony will be held virtually. “The participating schools did a great job adjusting last year. We found the virtual format allowed schools more flexibility and even provided students an opportunity to share their hard work with their families,” said MoDOT Senior Highway Designer Anita Clark. The bridge competition challenges high school juniors and seniors in MoDOT’s Southeast District to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials, including balsa wood, string and glue. Clark said the goal of the competition is to foster an appreciation of STEM careers—specifically engineering. Senior Highway Designer Gretchen Hanks explained the competition will conclude with a bridge breaking ceremony where the bridges will be put to the test. “Videos of the bridge breaking ceremony will be available the morning of Dec. 9, and the winning students and schools will be announced later that day,” said Hanks. To watch the virtual ceremony, please visit the bridge competition webpage at https://www.modot.org/bridge-competition on Thursday, Dec. 9. A link to watch the ceremony is available at the bottom of the webpage. Prizes donated by area businesses and organizations will be awarded to the top bridge building winners. In addition, MoDOT has partnered with Arkansas State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-Columbia and Southern Illinois University to offer seniors interested in civil engineering up to $10,000 in scholarships. For more information, please contact Clark at (573) 472-5294 or anita.clark@modot.mo.gov, Hanks at (573) 472-5294 or gretchen.hanks@modot.mo.gov, or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636).  ### Districts Involved Southeast Published On Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:12 Sen. Bill White Sponsors Legislation to Protect Missourians in Residential Care Facilities https://www.senate.mo.gov/senator-bill-white-sponsors-legislation-to-protect-missourians-in-residential-care-facilities/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=65940 Mon, 06 Dec 2021 16:03:53 +0000 For Immediate Release: Dec. 6, 2021 Contact: Mike Kelley, 573-751-2173 Senator Bill White Sponsors Legislation to Protect Missourians in Residential Care Facilities Jefferson City — Governor Parson Recommends Wage Increases for All State Employees to Strengthen Workforce Recruitment and Retention https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-recommends-wage-increases-all-state-employees-strengthen 7906 at https://governor.mo.gov Mon, 06 Dec 2021 15:00:49 +0000 Governor Parson Recommends Wage Increases for All State Employees to Strengthen Workforce Recruitment and Retention Stephanie.Whitaker Mon, 12/06/2021 - 15:00 December 6, 2021 Recommends 5.5 Percent Cost of Living Adjustment, $15 Per Hour Minimum Base Pay Standard Across State Government Recommends 5.5 Percent Cost of Living Adjustment, $15 Per Hour Minimum Base Pay Standard Across State Government  Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that he will recommend a 5.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and $15 per hour minimum base pay standard for all state employees across state government. "With many positions across state government facing turnover rates anywhere from 10-100 percent and vacancy rates from 30-100 percent, it is past time for us to make these investments in our state workforce, which remains one of the lowest paid the nation," Governor Parson said. "Our direct care and front line staff often make less than entry-level retail positions. These public servants have tough jobs and rarely receive the thanks they deserve, and communities all across the state rely on them everyday." The recommendation will be included in Governor Parson's Supplemental Budget request to be introduced at the beginning of the 2022 Regular Legislative Session, which begins on January 5, 2022, with the goal of passage before February 1, 2022. These salary adjustments will require General Assembly approval before they can go into effect.  Governor Parson has recommended three percent and two percent COLA increases for state employees in past budgets, yet Missouri state employees continue to be among the lowest paid in the nation. On January 1, 2022, state employees will receive a two percent COLA increase. If Governor Parson's FY 2022 supplemental budget is passed early by the General Assembly, state employees would receive an additional 5.5 percent COLA increase on February 1, 2022, along with increases for those making under $15 per hour and those affected by compression.  The FY 22 supplemental budget pay plan proposal would cost $91 million, including $52 million in general revenue (GR).  Going forward, Governor Parson's FY 23 pay plan proposal includes a similar 5.5 percent COLA recommendation and totals $218 million, including $123 million in GR. "Veterans home care attendants, residential aids for vulnerable children, and highway workers are among the lowest paid state workers, yet they are critical to maintaining state services and increasing the quality of life for all Missourians," Governor Parson said. "These pay increases are necessary for our team members who provide dedicated service to Missourians day in and day out, and we are calling on the General Assembly to help us make these critical investments in our state workforce." Governor Parson's Fiscal year (FY) 2022 supplemental budget recommendation includes: 5.5 percent COLA increase for all state employees; Increases to $15 per hour for any state employee making below that threshold; and Increases to address compression issues between pay grades after base pay increases to $15 per hour. "I recognize the urgency and support an early supplemental," Missouri House of Representatives Budget Chair Cody Smith said. "This will ensure that the state is able to retain talented employees who will continue providing essential services to the citizens of our state."   The 5.5 percent COLA increase is based on the average increase of four general structure adjustment economic indicators: Consumer Price Index for the Midwest – 6.4 percent; Employment Cost Index – 4.3 percent; World at Work Salary Budget Increases – 2.9 percent; and Personal Income – 8.3 percent. "Despite regular pay increases, Missouri's state employees continue to rank among the lowest paid in the country," Missouri Senate Appropriations Chair Dan Hegeman said. "This pay plan proposal will raise the minimum base pay, reduce pay compression, and ensure Missouri is able to recruit and retain talented and dedicated public servants." State Releases November 2021 General Revenue Report https://oa.mo.gov/commissioners-office/news/state-releases-november-2021-general-revenue-report 37626 at https://oa.mo.gov Mon, 06 Dec 2021 13:06:54 +0000 JEFFERSON CITY, MO - State Budget Director Dan Haug announced today that net general revenue collections for November 2021 increased 19.0 percent compared to those for November 2020, from $811.1 million last year to $965.5 million this year. Net general revenue collections for 2022 fiscal year-to-date decreased 0.7 percent compared to November 2020, from $4.53 billion last year to $4.50 billion this year. GROSS COLLECTIONS BY TAX TYPE Individual income tax collections Route A in Cape Girardeau County Reduced for Pavement Repairs https://www.modot.org/node/24790 24790 at https://www.modot.org Mon, 06 Dec 2021 12:35:01 +0000 Route A in Cape Girardeau County Reduced for Pavement Repairs Visitor (not verified) Mon, 12/06/2021 - 13:35 SIKESTON—Route A in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.  This section of roadway is located at County Road 234 in New Hamburg, Missouri. Weather permitting, work will begin Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 a.m. and will be completed Monday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.  The work zone will be in place 24 hours a day. 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 Mon, 12/06/2021 - 08:30 Sen. Lauren Arthur Files Legislation to Improve Student Achievement and High School Graduation Rates https://www.senate.mo.gov/senator-lauren-arthur-files-legislation-to-improve-student-achievement-and-high-school-graduation-rates/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=65935 Mon, 06 Dec 2021 11:15:53 +0000 For Immediate Release: Dec. 6, 2021 Contact: Elliott Usher, 573-751-5282 Senator Lauren Arthur Files Legislation to Improve Student Achievement and High School Graduation Rates JEFFERSON “Highlights with Hegeman” for the Week of Dec. 6: Improving a Fundamental Right and Privilege https://www.senate.mo.gov/highlights-with-hegeman-for-the-week-of-dec-6-improving-a-fundamental-right-and-privilege/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=65932 Mon, 06 Dec 2021 11:04:45 +0000 Among the things that sets this country apart from others is allowing people to vote for their leaders. Ever since the pandemic started last year, Route A in Scott County Reduced for Pavement Repairs https://www.modot.org/node/24789 24789 at https://www.modot.org Mon, 06 Dec 2021 11:00:01 +0000 Route A in Scott County Reduced for Pavement Repairs Visitor (not verified) Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:00 SIKESTON—Route A in Scott County will be Reduced as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.  This section of roadway is located at County Road 234 in New Hamburg, Missouri. Weather permitting, work will begin Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 a.m. and will be completed Friday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m.  The work zone will be in place 24 hours a day. 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 Mon, 12/06/2021 - 06:58 North Outer Road 55 in Scott County Reduced for Pavement Repairs https://www.modot.org/node/24788 24788 at https://www.modot.org Mon, 06 Dec 2021 10:45:02 +0000 North Outer Road 55 in Scott County Reduced for Pavement Repairs Visitor (not verified) Mon, 12/06/2021 - 11:45 SIKESTON—North Outer Road 55 in Scott County will be Reduced as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.  This section of roadway is located between County Road 311 and County Road 312. Weather permitting, work will begin Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 a.m. and will be completed Thursday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.  The work zone will be in place 24 hours a day. 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 Mon, 12/06/2021 - 06:40 Ashcroft Visits Every Missouri County for Fifth Consecutive Year http://www.sos.mo.gov/default.aspx?PageID=10127 http://www.sos.mo.gov/default.aspx?PageID=10127 Mon, 06 Dec 2021 10:02:00 +0000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 6, 2021 Contact: JoDonn Chaney, (573) 526-0949   Ashcroft Visits Every Missouri County for Fifth Consecutive Year Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft concluded his fifth consecutive year visiting each of Missouri’s 114 counties during a visit to How Route 67 in St. Francois County Reduced for Bridge Repairs https://www.modot.org/node/24787 24787 at https://www.modot.org Mon, 06 Dec 2021 09:30:01 +0000 Route 67 in St. Francois County Reduced for Bridge Repairs Visitor (not verified) Mon, 12/06/2021 - 10:30 SIKESTON—U.S. Route 67 in St. Francois County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the bridge over Flat River. This section of roadway is located from Desloge City limits to Route 8. Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, Dec. 13 through Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 Mon, 12/06/2021 - 05:27 The Posts of Christmas Past https://www.senate.mo.gov/the-posts-of-christmas-past/ https://www.senate.mo.gov/?p=65925 Mon, 06 Dec 2021 09:12:55 +0000 The Posts of Christmas Past Ready or not, the holidays are here. Christmas music is playing on the airways, busy shoppers pack stores looking for MoDOT opens new Baltimore Ave. Bridge over I-670 https://www.modot.org/node/24786 24786 at https://www.modot.org Mon, 06 Dec 2021 07:10:01 +0000 MoDOT opens new Baltimore Ave. Bridge over I-670 Visitor (not verified) Mon, 12/06/2021 - 08:10 JACKSON COUNTY – MoDOT Kansas City has opened the newly replaced Baltimore Ave. Bridge over Interstate 670 as of Friday, Dec. 3. The original bridge was closed in the spring of 2021 for replacement as it had reached the end of its service life. The new bridge is the same height and width as the previous bridge and will serve the community for many years to come. MoDOT appreciates motorist’s patience during construction. Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE. 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.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, 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 work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). Districts Involved Kansas City Published On Mon, 12/06/2021 - 03:09