By Debby Woodin
JOPLIN, Mo. —
A new section of Langston Hughes-Broadway and Buchanan Road has opened.
Construction started last fall on a project to realign Broadway with Florida Avenue that involved building a new section of the former.
Jack Schaller, Joplin’s assistant public works director, said the new street was intended to eliminate an awkward intersection of Buchanan Road with Florida Avenue to the north of the new intersection. He said the new street will be designated as Broadway. What had been Buchanan Road, which curves off Broadway and intersects with Florida Avenue, will now serve mainly as an access road to properties along it, Schaller said.
“We eliminated the weird angle of the intersection as a safety concern,” Schaller said of the project. Broadway was extended so that it makes a 90-degree intersection with Florida Avenue as a way to increase safety, he said.
Though it took longer to build the new section of street than the city had anticipated, it did come in under budget. Schaller said the cost was a little less than $900,000. A total of $1.29 million had been budgeted.
“We intended for it to be done early this year, but we had a utility issue,” Schaller said of the delay. “We had a waterline that was located higher than we had expected, and it had to be lowered. Because of that, the asphalt crew had to pull off, and then we hit weather and couldn’t seem to get it dry enough to finish.”
The project was one tied to the three-eighths-cent capital projects sales tax approved by voters in 2004.
Another project that started Monday will close a portion of Fourth Street temporarily.
Detours are posted for the street from Adele Avenue to east of Tyler Avenue for the construction of a storm sewer. The project is being built to reduce or eliminate street flooding in the area.
THE FOURTH STREET DETOUR may be in place about 30 days, according to the city’s Public Works Department.