AIRPORT DRIVE, Mo. —
The Missouri Department of Transportation on Monday will outline plans and answer questions regarding construction of a roundabout at the busy intersection of highways 171 and 43 in Airport Drive.
Assistant District Engineer Dan Salisbury said construction will begin in April and should be completed by September.
The project will cost $2.6 million, including the roundabout and the widening of Highway 171 to four lanes west to Fir Road.
Two years ago, MoDOT met with business owners in the immediate area of the intersection, Salisbury said, and the department began developing plans.
Salisbury said the primary reason for construction of the roundabout is to keep the traffic moving. It will replace the intersection now controlled by traffic lights.
“It’s not a situation like today where you have to go sit and wait for a long time to get where you need to go,” he said. “Hopefully people will keep rolling as they go through the intersection.”
The roundabout will be “somewhat similar” to the roundabout in Webb City, Salisbury said, but the lane configurations will be slightly different.
A public meeting was scheduled once a contractor had been selected, he said, and the department wanted to wait until the time of construction was closer so people could remember what is going to happen.
“We’ll give people an idea as to which side of the road they’ll start on and how traffic will be impacted during construction,” Salisbury said.
Time and place
DAN SALISBURY said MoDOT construction staff members and a contractor will be at the meeting, which will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the public safety training area in the General Aviation Terminal of the Joplin Regional Airport, 5501 N. Dennis Weaver Drive.