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MODOT Holds Community Briefings About Planned Downsizing

The Missouri Department of Transportation is holding community briefings around the state including one today (5/16) in Springfield. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky explains...

The purpose of the meetings is to discuss a plan to downsize and reorganize the Department. Kirk Jaranas is district engineer for MODOT’s Springfield region…Public: “MODOT Community Briefings CUTS” Cut 1 :25 “…roads and bridges.”MODOT’s plan—dubbed “Bolder Five-Year Direction”—calls for reducing the department’s staff size by 1200 employees, closing 135 facilities and selling 740 pieces of equipment. Jaranas says that should have a significant impact on MODOT’s ability to take care of Missouri’s roads…Cut 2 :33 “…we have.”Southwest Missouri will go to seven districts from ten. Most of the Springfield and Joplin districts will be consolidated into one 20-county Southwest District, headquartered in Springfield. Maintenance shops at Fair Grove, Manes and Wasola are already closed. Maintenance shops scheduled to be closed are in Conway, Drury, Humansville, Rueter, Seymour, Walnut Grove and Wheatland. The Sunshine maintenance ship in southwest Springfield and the Strafford Roadside Maintenance office will also close along with the Buffalo construction office and the Buffalo maintenance shop.A meeting to discuss the plan is set for 1 this afternoon (5/16) in Council Chambers at Springfield City Hall, and another meeting will be held in Springfield May 31st at 1 pm at the Library Station. Several briefings will be held in Southwest Missouri. For a list, go to www.modot.mo.gov/springfield/general/communitybriefingspage.htm.