$10 million north Joplin project gets underway
February 17, 2012
Work to build a new interchange at North Main Street (Route 43) and Zora Street at a total cost of $10 million finally has begun. This is the initial phase of the city of Joplin (maintaining Zora) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) (maintaining Main Street) project that will connect two sections of Zora Street by bridging over the railroad tracks just west of Main Street. It is designed to improve east-west traffic flow on Zora Street across Joplin's north side. It also will accommodate growth on the city's west side by serving as a first step in connecting to the West Bypass proposed to follow portions of County Road 290.

The project, contracted out to Lehman Construction of California, Missouri, was initiated by the city of Joplin through the Capital Improvements Sales Tax that voters approved in 2004. Funding for the project has been split between MoDOT paying $1 million, the city paying $3.2 million, and the federal government contributing $5.8 million in funds secured by former U.S. Senator Jim Talent.

The interchange construction involves several major projects that will take approximately one year to complete. They will include:

Travelers will need to use caution throughout this area and will be impacted by various phases of the project. They include:

Lynn Onstot contributed to this report.

For an earlier article that includes a map go here.

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