JOPLIN, MO.--- Changes are coming to one of Joplin's busiest streets, Maiden Lane. Joplin residents voted back in 2004 to make improvements to Maiden Lane as part of the Capital Improvement Sales Tax. 10 years later, that change is being made.
"It's a project the community was promised and we are delivering," said Nick Heatherly, Joplin Public Works Director.
Maiden Lane currently has four lanes, which according to the city and residents, that just isn't enough. Maiden Lane will now become a five lane street between 9th and 32nd streets.
"The obvious reason is for improving the traffic flow and the safety of those traveling on the segment of the street section in the community," said Heatherly.
Changes are coming to Maiden Lane that will hopefully "widen things out."
"Well, you're adding left turn lanes. You're widening things out. You're making the lanes wider, safer. And all that improved traffic flow," said Heatherly.
The widening project will cost nearly $2 million, funded through portions of the Tiger Grant and a Capital Sales Tax. The city's public works director says widening the road is a good change.
"Again, it's a safety improvement. It also helps with the movement, it's not slowing things down because now you have that extra lane to get into and make your turns," said Heatherly.
Construction on the project is expected to begin this summer. The city is advising drivers to slow down during the construction. They say they have a plan to help this addition to be a smooth process. The Maiden Lane project is expected to be completed by summer 2015.
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