Neosho Middle School Traffic Issues

Published 08/25 2014 06:29PM

Updated 08/25 2014 10:36PM

NEOSHO, MO.--- "Waiting 15 to 20 minutes is not unnormal for that," said Dan Decker, Superintendent of Neosho Schools.

That's the current wait time parents and students endure every morning during school drop off at Neosho Middle School. 

"What we find is we have cars that are backed up sometimes for a quarter of a mile waiting to drop kids off. We really don't have adequate parking for our staff and for visitors," said Decker 

Today, the Neosho TDD, MoDOT, the city, and the Neosho School District partnered together to improve access to the middle school. The $7 million project will help add at least four or five routes to the school. 

"The extension of Hale McGinty to the south, all the way to Highway 60 will allow the school district to create a much improved and enlarged parking lot in front of the middle school," said Steve Roark, Neosho TDD.

The project also includes widening and adding turn lanes at Hale McGinty Drive and Waldo Hatler Intersection. Superintendent Dan Decker says the new wait time should be two to three minutes.

"Allow that traffic flow to move more fluid and provide better safety for our kids and our patrons," said Decker. 

The project is estimated to be complete in time for the start of school in fall 2015. 

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