JOPLIN, MO.--- One of Joplin's busiest roads is undergoing some improvements. On Monday, MODOT crews started working on stop lights at seven intersections on 7th Street.
"It goes from Rangeline to Route 249, and basically it's intersection improvements, as far as signals. There's a little bit of widening in some of the turning radiuses, but most of it is signal work," said James Conley, MODOT Resident Engineer.
The $854,000 improvement project will include new traffic-detecting cameras at North Park Lane, Duquesne Road, and the ramps at Highway 249.
"It's going to tie all the signals in together, so it should make traffic flow better when we have heavy traffic periods. It will keep green lights where there's more traffic, and red lights where we don't have as much traffic," said Conley.
Crews will also be adding battery-powered back-up equipment to all traffic signals in case of an electrical outage.
"If we lose electricity, the signals on a lot of these intersections will go to a four-way stop, and that really slows down traffic. Hopefully, with the battery back-up, the signals start working and the traffic keeps flowing," said Conley.
Officials say the goal is to improve the flow of traffic along the road, making it safer and less frustrating for drivers.
"I think it will help people, because everybody doesn't like sitting at a red light for too long. So hopefully, we'll get them moving through quicker," said Conley.
MODOT officials say there should be very few lane closures, and the project is expected to be complete by mid-June.
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