MoDOT Announces More Cutsby dfox
www.klpw.comMay 4, 2011
Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith outlined plans Wednesday to eliminate 1,200 staff members statewide, and shutter three district offices.
"We are facing a transportation funding crisis in Missouri," Keith told the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. "Over the past year, we have worked hard to reduce the size of our workforce and cut costs, but it isn't enough. We must take further action to become the right size to serve our customers given the severe reduction in funding for transportation."
MoDOT will close its district offices in Macon, Joplin and Willow Springs, but will continue to maintain area offices in those cities and have a strong presence in every county in the state, Keith said.
This consolidation, coupled with the combination of several Central Office divisions, will enable the department to reduce the size of its workforce by 1,200, the number of its facilities by 135 and its equipment inventory by more than 740 pieces, according to MoDOT. The staff reduction will occur through attrition and transfers, and, as a last step, layoffs.
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