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Phase Two of Road Work on Neosho's Kodiak Corridor to Start Summer

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For Neosho residents like Veronica Mahan driving down Kodiak Road during school hours is tough.

She says “They've already tried to widen the corner down at Norway and Kodiak, but they did not widen it enough."

Mahan says school buses take up more than their fair share of the road. That's one problem the Transportation Development District is hoping to solve in phase two, adding turn lanes for the buses behind the middle school and widening a mile stretch of Kodiak road by four to five feet to improve safety.

Neosho TDD Chairman Steve Roark says "Most of those lanes out there are somewhere around nine or ten foot each. And we want to get two or three feet extra on each of those lanes out there."

TDD officials say widening Kodiak Road will not only improve traffic flow in this area but will help to spur economic development on the west side of town.

"That's the primary area for growth of residents is the west area of town. With the schools being built out there that will actually be another spur to residential development. So it's very important to have the roads in place to facilitate that residential development that we anticipate over the next few years,” says Neosho Area Business & Industrial Foundation CEO Mike Franks.

Officials hope the widening and overlay project will improve access from Highway 86 to the south side of Neosho.

Roark says "Right now we have to travel Business 49 to go from sorth to south. Or we travel Kodiak Road which is a narrow road. Once we get this road completed out there wouldn't folks be thinking it'd be great to have all of Kodiak Road done. But we're just going to do the first mile and see what everybody thinks"

Mahan says "It should help, but it's still not going to be enough for as many schools that are out here now."

The TDD hopes in the future the community will want to extend the rest of Kodiak Road which is farther outside its development district. The $1.3 million project will be funded by excess funds leftover from phase one. Phase two will also include overlay work to outlying roads connecting along Kodiak. It is expected to be complete next fall.

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