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MODOT prepares to lower speed limit on Range Line Road

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 The speed limit on a 4-mile long segment of Range LineRoad (Bus. Loop 49) in Joplin will be reduced to 40 mph starting Wednesdaynight, Sept. 18, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

The reduction is aimed at improving safety.

The 40-mph signs will be put up starting at 9p.m., Wednesday. All signs will be in place by 6 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 18.

By state law, the new speed limit goes intoeffect when signs are posted.

The 40-mph speed limit will cover Range LineRoad between Newman Road and 44th Street.

Following studies of traffic along Range LineRoad, MoDOT decided to lower speed limit to 40 mph.

MoDOT traffic engineers found the number ofcrashes along Range Line Road is higher than the statewide average forfive-lane roads.

Many of these crashes are rear-end type ascars and trucks turn onto and off of Range Line Road at the many streets andbusiness driveways.

The 40-mph is comparable to the 40 mph speedlimit on Glenstone Avenue in Springfield where similar issues of safety andaccess are present.

The Joplin City Council in August approved anordinance supporting the speed limit reduction.

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