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Work to Begin Soon on Neosho's Kodiak Corridor

Neosho roads will soon see a major facelift with the building of a new north south corridor along Kodiak Road. The project is expected to start in the middle of this month.

Road projects years in the making will soon see the light of day in Neosho.

“From a retail and a residential standpoint this is the most important thing to happen in Neosho in a long, long time. It's going to bring an incredible new area for retail development. It's going to bring in a lot more choices for residential development, single family, multi-family homes," says Roark.

Steve Roark heads the Neosho transportation development district which continues to work on plans to bring the new north south corridor to life.

The $7 million project will help to lessen traffic entering Neosho from Highway 71 and hopefully bring more people in along Highway 86.

There will be 3.5 of new outlying roads, new stop lights, and significant access to Neosho Middle School during pick-up and drop-off times.

“It backs up clear out to our golf course. so even though those periods of time probably last 10, 15 minutes, probably seems a lot longer than that, but that's usually what they are. It's backed up quite a ways from our school,” says Neosho R-5 School District Board President Brett Day.

Instead of dead ending here at Neosho Middle School once this project is complete parents will have up to five ways to take their children to and from school.

 “Not only the middle school, but it's also true of George Washington Carver Elementary, be true of the new middle school if we approve the bond issue next week and get that built out in this area,” claims Roark.

Nearby resident Lynn Otey is part of the new Kodiak Corridor Committee and although there will be roadblocks along the way she excited for the changes.

“Of course it will affect us at the time...you know, when they are doing the construction. But most of that construction will off school time, it'll be in the summer so it'll be a little easier to maneuver around or detour,” says Otey.

The state will pay for $2.4 million of the total $7 million cost. The rest will be paid out of the Transportation Development District through a half cent sales tax.

APAC will break ground on the Kodiak Corridor in the middle of the month.
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