The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 14, 2013

Public’s views sought for Missouri’s next transportation plan

JOPLIN, Mo. — Sessions aimed at gathering information to help the Missouri Department of Transportation set its future priorities are scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, in Joplin and Thursday, March 7, in Springfield.

This campaign, known as On the Move, is part of MoDOT’s effort to update its long-range transportation plan. Over the next several months, MoDOT will gather information from Missourians in listening sessions, a mobile tour and virtual forums statewide.

The Joplin session will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the main conference room at the Joplin School District Administration Building, 3901 E. 32nd St. The co-host will be Rob O’Brian, president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Springfield session will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the conference room at Springfield-Branson National Airport, 2300 N. Airport Blvd. (north of Route EE west of Springfield). The co-host will be Jim Anderson, president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Leaders in business, local government and community organizations will participate along with the general public.

Becky Baltz, district engineer for MoDOT’s Southwest District, will give a short presentation.

The sessions are open to the public. Seating is limited, and an RSVP is requested by emailing or visiting

The RSVP deadline is noon Monday, March 4, for the session in Joplin and noon Wednesday, March 6, for the session in Springfield.

Highway history

AROUND 1735, the first unofficial road was built in Missouri along the Mississippi River. It was called Three Notch Road. In 1808, King’s Highway, from St. Louis to southeast Missouri, became the first legally designated road west of the Mississippi River. Some of the first roads in Missouri were made with wooden planks.

Source: Missouri Department of Transportation

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