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Several capital improvement projects in the works in Joplin

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From roundabouts to intersection rehabilitation to paving trails, Joplin has big plans to improve the flow of traffic.

Next week, we’ll get an update on several Capital Projects taking place in Joplin. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Currently there are at least six Capital road projects in some stage of completion. The most costly is a 9 million dollar project currently in the design phase will add a roundabout at Range and Missouri State Highway 249. No date of completion has been provided.

While the intersection of 15th Street and Range line is scheduled for a redesign. It’s estimated to cost 2.2 million dollars and is currently in the acquisition stage.

Joplin is also in the design phase of a new 6.9 million dollar Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility at the city’s airport. The city is also planning to pave the trails and parking lot at Tin Cup and Grand Falls Trails at an estimated cost of 2.6 million.

One project that is nearing completion are the automated flood gates on Murphy Blvd near the Dover Hill Elementary costing about $186,000. The informal portion of the Joplin city council gets underway Monday night at 5:15. For 89 9 KRPS News, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.
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