JOPLIN, MO.--- The Missouri Department of Transportation hosts an open house to discuss a road project amendment on the August 5th ballot. If passed, it will not be added to several types of purchases including groceries, prescription medication or fuel. The money would help pay for a number of possible projects in our area, including a new $50 million interchange at 171 and I-49 north of Carthage. Money raised by the tax would also be used to acquire $10 million of land on the west corridor of Joplin near the Kansas state line, it would also help pay for a $50 million project to complete five miles of I-49 to connect to Arkansas.
"It will make traffic flow more smoothly. It will make our roadways safer and will also support economic development and create jobs, which is really important in all communities across Missouri," said Becky Baltz, MoDOT SW District Engineer.
The open house runs until 7 p.m. You can also share your comments with MoDOT about the projects until July 3rd.