By Debby Woodin
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Residents of North Missouri Avenue have called on the city to address problems they are experiencing with noise and lights as well as concerns they have about safety as a result of the construction of a new interchange at Main Street and Zora Avenue.
The interchange is being built to create a through street linking Highway 249 and west Joplin. It is intended to eliminate the hazard of a railroad crossing on Veteran’s Way road as well as the hazard of an intersection that had crossed Main Street, a state highway.
Fifteen residents met Sunday with Jack Schaller, the city’s assistant public works director.
Their appointed spokeswoman, Linda Lawrence, 2806 Missouri Ave., also told the City Council about the problems at a counciil meeting Monday night.
“We feel as homeowners and taxpayers we have been deprived of peace, serenity, privacy and safety by the Zora and Main Street bypass,” Lawrence told the council. “In order to restore our privacy, serenity and safety to an acceptable level, we are requesting a noise and safety barrier behind our homes.”
They say the loss of trees have created more noise and the glare of headlights to penetrate their houses. They also are concerned about the safety of the homes and yards located close to an exit ramp and the barrier that traffic could create once the interchange is fully open and a traffic signal is activated.
City officials on Monday night pledged to try to find some way to help the residents.