New safety additions added to 20th and Murphy intersection in Joplin

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It will soon be safer for walkers, runners and bikers to get across a busy Joplin intersection.

Beginning Monday, drivers will notice flashing lights for a pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of 20th and Murphy Boulevard, just west of Range Line. The corridor now features a new road surface, sidewalks, streetlights and a pedestrian crossing. The technical term for the enhancement is known as a rectangular rapid flashing beacon.

“And crossing this we provide a center island refuge for halfway across the road and allows pedestrians to safety cross the street half at a time,” says Paul Zerkel, City of Joplin traffic engineer.

As part of the construction, the intersection also allows for a stop on the Sunshine Lamp Trolley route. Zerkel says this type of crossing increases safety for everyone on foot, but doesn’t cost as much as a traditional electric light intersection.

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