Residents who will be affected by an upcoming tornado recovery construction project in the Parr Hill neighborhood can view plans for the project and get questions answered at a meeting this week.
The city will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the community room in the Joplin Public Library, 2901 E. 20th St.
Boundaries of the project are Indiana to Connecticut avenues from 15th to 20th streets. The project will include the replacement of damaged sidewalks, curb and gutters, stormwater drainage inlets and pipes, and accessibility ramps at street corners. It is called Surface Project 4009.
The contractor will be Hunter, Chase & Associates. The cost of the project is $1.045 million. That will be paid from the city's disaster recovery funding.
It is one of several projects the city has been able to do because of savings in other recovery projects.
Patty Heagel, the city's assistant director of planning and development, previously said the city had about $4.5 million extra in disaster recovery funds for neighborhood improvements within the tornado zone to use for projects because of the savings.
She said that amount would cover about three projects more than planners had originally expected when a budget for the city’s federal disaster recovery was approved by the Joplin City Council in 2015.
"The good news is the estimates were a bit high on some of the projects, and secondly, we had good participation of regional contractors. It was very competitive bidding. We received many bids, and as a result, we could see we would have money left over” to add more projects, Heagel said earlier.
More information about the recovery projects can be found at Joplingis.org/Dashboard.
Those in the area affected by the project who cannot attend the open house but have questions may contact Olsson Associates at 417-781-0643 or email Joplincdbg@olssonassociates.com.