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MoDOT Issues COVID-19 Briefing

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.

Important Reminders

  • 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.