JOPLIN, MO.--- The development of south Joplin increases traffic on Hearnes Boulevard. Construction of the Mercy Hospital, a new fire station and the new round about are causing heavy traffic and some congestion. Joplin police officers are monitoring Hearnes Boulevard to help lower the chance of accidents.
For businesses along that street, more cars means more cash. Eagle Drive-in employees say business has spiked since all the construction began. They add I-44 and the reopening of the ramps has also driven up sales.
"I think that intersection down there has made it more accessible for them to come in and just grab a burger. Usually they're pleasantly surprised when they walk in the place, and especially after they eat," said Morgan Gjeruldsen, Eagle Drive-In Server.
When planning to drive on Hearnes, JPD advises you to be careful, give yourself plenty of time and wear your seat belt.
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