This project will make a great improvement to the safety and the noise level in our town, according to comments made by Mike Hightower, public works director.
The safety improvements will include: new signals with cross arms at every crossing, center mediums (sic), new signage, road widening, and changes in intersections next to rail crossings.
The railroads will be responsible for the signal work. Neosho's responsibility includes the center mediums and road widening with compensation for their portion of the project provided from funds from MoDOT and the railroads.
When asked if Joplin might consider a similar move, City Manager Mark Rohr said, "We have done some research into the matter and Public Works is developing a file for possible implementation."
What that might mean is that if enough Joplin residents complain about the noise, the city might pursue the matter.