New MoDOT Central Distirct Engineer

A Jefferson City man will be taking over MoDOT’s Central District beginning November 1st. David Silvester has been named the district engineer, replacing Kirk Juranas who recently retired. Silvester, a 20 year veteran of the department of transportation, most recently served as assistant district engineer for MoDOT’s northeast district. The central district covers 11,234 square miles, 5,236 miles of state highways, and includes the tri-county area.

Pfizer Will Pay Missouri for Detrol Off-Label Use

Missouri’s Medicaid program will receive over $100,000 from Pfizer after a multi-state settlement. Attorney General Chris Koster says Pfizer marketed its urology drug Detrol for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Detrol was approved back in 1998 for overactive bladder symptoms and used mostly in women but recently the drug had been prescribed for men’s prostate problems.

The total settlement nationwide from Pfizer tops $14 million dollars.

Road Work for the Week of October 24th

Here’s a look at the road work for the week in Camden County. On the 54 Expressway, the eastbound and westbound lane shift to the eastbound Grand Glaize Bridge will continue while the expressway is tied into the bridge. That should last until November. And final paving and shoulder work continues at all service road connections. The whole project should be completed by this winter.

Checking the road work in Miller County, on Route 42 between Route 133 in Maries County and Route 17 in Miller County, one lane will be open this week for roadway resurfacing. And on Route 242, expect delays on Fish Haven Road as material is moved across the road. Route 242 should be done by this winter.

Looking at the road work in Morgan County, the Route 5 Bridge over Soap Creek remains closed for bridge replacement. Watch for traffic using routes 135 and J as a detour. Large tractor trailers are asked to consider using 54 or 65 to avoid the area entirely.

Magruder Quarry Permit Before MoDNR in November

Magruder Limestone will ask the state in November if they can quarry off of Woodriver Road.

The limestone company, the cities of Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, and residents of Woodriver Road have been in a legal battle over the 52 acres of land next to the cities’ joint sewer treatment plant for the last several years. The Lake Sun reports the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Land Reclamation Commission will hear a resubmitted permit proposal from the limestone company on November the 17th.

Osage Beach Mayor Penny Lyons said back on the 16th of September that a law change made this past legislative session will work in the limestone company’s favor.

Representative Todd Richardson of Butler County made the rule change in the 2011 session.

Senator Blunt Hopes FERC Will Change Direction

Missouri’s junior senator says the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change rules and jeopardize homes and structures on the shoreline is a bad move.

Senator Roy Blunt addressed the issue during a press confernce call yesterday.

Senator Blunt says the rule change should disappear entirely.

Ameren Missouri has been granted a rehearing on the rule change by FERC, with date, time and place unknown.

Bridge Will Close in Iberia

Starting next Monday the swinging bridge on Buechter Bridge Road in Iberia will be closed for replacement. The Miller County Commission announced that the road will be closed from the 24th until further notice.

Want to Run for President of the USA?

Presidential hopefuls will be allowed to file for the February 7th presidential primary in Missouri starting next week. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office opens filing for the Presidential Preference Primary ballot on Tuesday, October 25th at 8:00 in the morning. The window closes at 5 o’clock on Tuesday, November 22nd. Filing will take place on the third floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Information Center on Main Street Jefferson City. In the state of Missouri only candidates from established parties may participate in the primary. That includes the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, and Constitution parties.