Mineshaft collapse, closes West Junge Blvd, immediate road repair

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Joplin Special Road District crews were able to fill the hole. Travel with caution through the area.

UPDATE WED PM: West Junge opens to traffic. Crews were able to fill with concrete slabs, rock and gravel. However road is not asphalted. Travel with caution through the area. More permanent repairs are planned.


UPDATE WED AM: The hole is 10 X 10 and looks different from Tuesday night. Essentially only asphalt was covering the hole. It’s a mineshaft opening. Joplin Special Road District are working to devise a plan.

The Jasper County Engineer, Mike Atkinson, told us as crews were digging for depth in the hole. He pointed out wood and timber floating up. That’s a sign of a mineshaft. Because 100 years ago when a shaft was closed they would pile sticks, timber, wood, debris, etc. and then cover the opening.

It’s unknown how deep this shaft is currently.

RED ARROWS POINT TO WOOD AND DEBRIS COMING OUT OF THE WATER WHICH WOULD INDICATE A MINESHAFT.
JASPER COUNTY ENGINEER, MIKE ATKINSON, MEASURING THE SIZE OF THE OPENING. ESTIMATED TO BE 10 X 10.

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — About 5:15 p.m. Tuesday Junge Blvd (aka West 13th) closed to all through traffic. The specific location is within the 5000 – 5100 block of West Junge.

“CLOSED: West Junge Blvd from Black Cat to Central City until further notice. There will be NO THRU TRAFFIC.”

JOPLIN SPECIAL ROAD DISTRICT
CLOSED: WEST JUNGE BLVD CLOSED FROM CENTRAL CITY ROAD ON THE WEST AND BLACK CAT TO THE EAST.

It could be a sinkhole forming. Engineers will take a closer look Wednesday. Joplin Special Road District told us at 6:00 p.m. they will have a crew on the scene at 7:00 a.m.

Local traffic can go to the side of the barricades but the road is 100% blocked at a point you see on our map below. So locals will have to decide which road to access for your address.

***ROAD CLOSED***PLEASE SHARE*** Joplin Special Road District has Closed West Junge Blvd from Black Cat to Central City…

Posted by Joplin Special Road District on Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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