JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking

to its industry partners for ways to make its operations faster, safer and

less expensive.

        This is the second year for MoDOT’s “Call to Industry” competition,

which asks for innovative ideas to make the department a better


        “This year, we are interested in innovations related to customer and

employee safety, customer service, customer mobility, and road and bridge

maintenance,” said Mike Shea, MoDOT Maintenance Liaison Engineer. “Our

focus is to find new innovations that save money, save time, simplify work

or improve safety.”

      The deadline for submitting ideas is March 1. Companies interested in

submitting an innovation can find details and entry forms at Winning entrants will be invited to exhibit

their innovations in April at MoDOT’s system operations and management

meeting in Springfield, Mo.

        MoDOT constantly challenges its own employees to find ways to improve

its operations. Recent innovations by MoDOT employees include a modified

hand truck that allows one person to install a snowplow blade, and the use

of oversized cinders to fill in ruts along highway shoulders.

        “Whenever possible, we incorporate innovations from employees into

regular operations,” said Shea. “We hope our industry partners will give us

even more options to improve the way we work.”

        For more information, visit or contact the Missouri

Department of Transportation at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).