|A detour is needed in order to reach Joplin's South Middle School. Currently, 50th Street at Hearnes Blvd. is blocked off because of the construction of Mercy Hospital. Drivers are required to use the 4-way stop at Connecticut and 44th Street. The opening of 50th Street at Hearnes Blvd. is not anticipated before September 16, 2013.
The Traffic Division of the Joplin Police Department wants to remind everyone that they consider school zone safety a top priority. The department will focus enforcement efforts in all school zones. The speed limit in all Joplin school zones when school is in session is 20 MPH, regardless of whether there are flashing lights and/or speed limit signs.