Work begins on Murphy Boulevard Shared Use Trail project - KOAM TV 7

Work begins on Murphy Boulevard Shared Use Trail project



Travelers along Murphy Boulevard will soon have another option to go between 20th Street and 4th Street as work begins on a shared use trail project along this route. Completion of the trail is estimated for June 2014.

Citizens suggested increased trail development for pedestrians and cyclists during past City Envisioning Sessions, and more recently during redevelopment discussions following the May 2011 disaster. The Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (CART) included additional walking and biking trails in the city in the action plan for redevelopment in Joplin.

This two-mile trail will consist of a ten-foot concrete path that walkers and bikers may use. It will intersect with existing trails at Campbell Parkway and Landreth Park.

Murphy Boulevard will remain open for the majority of the project. Temporary lane closures will occur to facilitate in the construction of the new trail.

The project costs approximately $399,000 and is partially funded by Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief fund and partially by the Parks and Stormwater Sales Tax that Joplin voters renewed in August 2011. Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. is the contractor for the project.

For questions about this project, contact David Hertzberg PE, Project Manager, at 417-624-0820, ext. 506, or the Engineering Department at 417-624-0820, ext. 530.

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution in these areas and are encouraged to utilize alternate routes during this period if possible.

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