Joplin council approves proposals for 15th Street expansion and cost share application

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Joplin city leaders give the green light to a proposed expansion to 15th Street.

Monday night, council unanimously voted to approve buying property immediately to the east of the intersection of 15th and Range Line. This will allow crews to create a more formal roadway from the traffic signal to the Walmart parking lot.

Despite the decision, it will take some time before construction can begin.

“And then after that would be doing the utility relocation and then street construction,” explained David Hertzberg with Joplin Public Works.

Construction for the project is expected to cost the city nearly $1.5 million.

Council also unanimously approved a proposal to apply for the governor’s transportation cost share program in order to replace the Pennsylvania Avenue viaduct.

A MODOT inspection back in February deemed the structure unsafe for use, forcing the city to close it to drivers and pedestrians. Joplin city leaders hope to remove the viaduct and replace it with an at-grade road. That proposal would cost nearly two million dollars.

Monday night’s decision will allow the city to apply to the governor’s transportation cost share program to cover some of that cost. If approved, the program would cover $700,000 of the cost, which means the city would only have to pay just over $1 million.

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