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Joplin going through major Capitol Improvement phase powered by ARPA funding


There are at least six major transportation projects slated for Joplin. A new 9.9 million dollar roundabout from Rangeline to Missouri State Highway 249 is the most costly.

Joplin residents got several updates Monday night during the informal portion of the Joplin city council meeting on Capital Improvement Projects. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Director of Public Works for the city of Joplin Dan Johnson walked city council members through a 28-slide presentation on various projects in different phases of completion.

From currently under construction to projects that are three years from being finished. From a 1.5 million dollar public sewer rehabilitation to getting a complete inventory of Joplin’s 14,000 street signs to stormwater projects. Johnson said that they have two things in common regardless of the project.

“As a recurring theme throughout all of these projects, we are now in hurry up and get them all mode. We want to get as much stuff bid as soon as we can because, as thee, another recurring theme is December 31, 2024.”

Johnson explained that by the end of next year, cities had to have all of their American Rescue Plan Act funds obligated. ARPA funding is paying for the bulk of capital improvements throughout Joplin. 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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