Several transportation projects added to the year’s area street and highway agenda were outlined Thursday at a meeting of the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization.
The organization is made up of city, county and state officials who plan or approve street and highway projects.
One of the projects is the repair of pavement in damaged areas of Interstate 44 from the Oklahoma state line to Greene County. The Missouri Department of Transportation also plans to repair guard cable and guardrails throughout Southwest Missouri.
Work to survey state road property to identify and sell any excess property in Southwest Missouri is on tap. Area bridges are to undergo annual inspections.
The city and state also will look at Hearnes Boulevard from 32nd Street south to Interstate 44 to determine if any work needs to be done in that area.
MoDOT also will look for or do preliminary design on locations where disability ramps or pedestrian crossings need to be installed or updated.
Preliminary planning for drainage work on one of Joplin’s busiest commercial corridors, Range Line Road, will be done between 20th and 24th streets.
Preliminary planning to install a right-turn lane on 32nd Street at Hearnes Boulevard also is planned, as well as similar work for 32nd Street and Connecticut Avenue. Preliminary work also will be done on a pedestrian crossing at the Kansas City Southern Railway crossing on East 32nd Street and on repairs to that crossing.
JATSO members also heard a report from Dan Pekarek, the Joplin Health Department director, that the Tri-State Clean Air Alliance has changed its name to Four States Clean Air Alliance. He said the change was made to add Arkansas into the planning because ozone studies show that some of the area’s ozone increase comes from Arkansas.
Pekarek said ozone levels in the area were lower last year because there was cooler weather and adequate precipitation.
INFORMATION ABOUT JATSO PROJECTS may be obtained by contacting Matt Wright at the city of Joplin, 624-0820, ext. 511.