Neosho Road Construction Project

Published 07/29 2014 05:41PM

Updated 07/29 2014 07:33PM

NEOSHO, MO.--- "You know there's always been complaints just with the incline of the railroad," said Alan Cook, Newton County Commissioner.

Those complaints are turning into a new intersection. The $30,000  to $40,000 project is designed with safety in mind.

"Well the two roads that were separately turning north and south, we brought them into one road at the intersection. Which is given a safer turn to the south for residents and a safer turn to the north for the school buses. So they don't have such an incline to get across the railroad tracks," said Cook. 

The land of the intersection was donated by a local family. Neosho school transportation says it's needed. 

"As drivers, we access and use Old Seneca Road to get to Kodiak, going primarily to our Carver elementary schools. We also have routes that travel, I guess it would be north and south there on Kodiak crossing that railroad track everyday," said Michelle Embrey, Neosho School Transportation.

This will help with visibility when transporting students.

"The school buses, it's just a challenge to turn the corner and get up over the incline, the tracks. So, just visible seeing that it's needed to be done," said Cook. 

School staff say they are excited about this new addition. 

"Absolutely! If it's safer for the children, we will always take it," said Embrey. 

The project started two weeks ago and the road will be open to drivers tonight. It's still a gravel road, but crews will be laying asphalt to smooth out the intersection soon. The road should be complete in the next 30 to 40 days.

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