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Joplin residents receive city's proposed plans to close seven railroad crossings

Joplin, MO -

One proposal by the City of Joplin to address safety is getting some resistance from residents.

City officials say maintaining roads is a matter of safety, and are focusing some preliminary research work on several crossings near the city's west central part of town.

Asphalt business owner Scott Brown is hot over the city's idea to close seven railroad crossings along West 10th Street, near his business.

"This is a main north south corridor for a lot of people in Joplin," says Brown.

School buses are among the traffic going back and forth on Murphy Avenue.

"Countless times a day," says Brown.

The Joplin School District's bus storage facility is nearby.  

The city wants to close railroad crossings on Empire Avenue, South Picher Avenue, Murphy Avenue, Connor Avenue, South Jackson Avenue, South Sergeant Avenue, and Moffet Avenue.

"Improve safety at all the crossings by looking at the potential of closing some and focusing the limited revenue sources on the remaining ones left open," says David Hertzberg with Joplin's public works department.

The city may put round-a-bouts at the soon-to-be dead ends on the streets.  But Brown says round-a-bouts won't accommodate his needs.

"We've got equipment, trailers and so forth, that we need to get in here," says Brown.

City officials are still doing research, though, and there may be a few changes to plans.

"The way we left it with the residents, we'd do some research on some traffic counts and traffic flow," says Hertzberg.

City officials say they are still putting together a cost estimate for the proposed project.


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