The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently released a briefing detailing its plans for dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (MoDOT COVID-19 Briefing).
Although continuing to evaluate the effect of COVID-19 on its operations, MoDOT has adopted the following policies:
Travel on Missouri Highways
- Missouri interstates, roads, and bridges remain open to travel.
- Individuals have been asked to limit travel to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- Some Missouri communities have shelter-in-place guidelines that should be followed.
Interstate Rest Areas
- Every effort is being made to keep the state’s interstate highway rest areas open.
- Rest areas are being cleaned and disinfected on a more frequent basis.
MoDOT Customer Service
- MoDOT facilities are closed to the public through April 24, 2020.
- Communication with the public through MoDOT website and customer service centers.
- Call 888-275-6636 24/7 to speak with a customer service representative.
- Public hearings and stakeholder meetings are postponed or will be conducted online.
- Interactive Traveler Information Map and Traveler Information Mobile App.
Movement of Goods
- Relaxing hours of operation for motor carriers for more flexibility in transporting goods.
- Easing restrictions to allow heavier-than-normal truckloads of supplies and equipment.
- Suspending trip and fuel permit requirements for interstate travel in Missouri.
- A 60-day extension of driving privileges for expiring driver’s licenses.
- An extension of medical certificates for CDL or commercial learner’s permits.
MoDOT Program Delivery and Maintenance Operations
- Vital transportation projects and essential highway maintenance operations will continue.
- Future project bid openings will be fully electronic.
- Crucial projects under the governor’s Focus on Bridges program will continue.
- Payments to contracting and consulting partners will not be affected.
- All pre-bid and pre-construction meetings will be conducted virtually.
- Inspections and professional services will adhere to “social distancing” guidelines.
- Practice “social distancing” and stay away from others as much as possible.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit travel as much as possible.
Check the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) website or call their toll-free number (877-435-8411) with any questions or concerns you might have regarding the coronavirus pandemic. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, please contact Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman for a free consultation. We will only receive a fee in the event of a successful resolution of your case.