The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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November 28, 2010

Webb City roundabout proposal moves forward

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Plans for a roundabout in east Webb City are steadily progressing, according to Mayor John Biggs.

Biggs said the city is working with Olsson Associates, an engineering firm with offices in Joplin, on a preliminary design for the roundabout, which would be along state Highway 171 and connect with East Road to the north. He said he expects the design to be finished by the beginning of 2011.

Final approval of the design would need to come from the state Transportation Department before the city could proceed with construction work, he said.

Funding for the roundabout will come from up to $1.85 million, the amount remaining on a $7.7 million bond issue approved by voters in April 2008 for road construction and repair. At least $1 million of that amount is dedicated specifically to the roundabout and is to be paid by a three-eighths-cent sales tax approved by voters in August 2007.

During a recent meeting, the City Council also approved a transportation development district, a taxing entity authorized by state law that would assess an additional sales tax of up to 1 percent on businesses within the district, to help fund the project.

“It will be done before we do anything else” related to the roundabout, Biggs said. He said he expects the district to be in place within a few months.

Biggs said the TDD will cover city-owned land near the proposed roundabout, including 17 acres beside Highway 171, 86 acres north of Daugherty Street along East Road, and 125 acres near Sharon Drive and East Road.

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