City of Joplin preparing policy aimed at curbing traffic speed in neighborhoods

New "traffic calming" policy in development
City of Joplin preparing policy aimed at curbing traffic speed in neighborhoods
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Speeding in residential neighborhoods is the focus of a new policy that could be coming to Joplin.

The public works department is working on a policy that would outline ways to slow traffic in neighborhoods where speeding is a problem.

Something that’s been plaguing residents of the Sunnyvale neighborhood for months.

Kathy Bennett, Sunnyvale resident:”Most people use this as a cut through to go from Connecticut to say Food for Less.”

Kathy Bennett says when people drive that route through her neighborhood on 36th street.. more often than not.. they are speeding.

Bennett:”It’s like a speedway out there at times.”

Many residents in the neighborhood say for the past couple of months the issue has continued.. with many traveling close to 50 or 60 miles per hour on the stretch between Connecticut and Alabama.

It’s a problem that speed trailers and extra police patrols haven’t quite been able to solve.

David Hertzberg, Joplin Public Works Director:”There’s an issue that seems like that enforcements.. you know, they can’t be everywhere every place.”

Director of Public Works David Hertzberg says the traffic commission has been working on a policy that would implement physical ways to slow traffic in an effort to help neighborhoods across the city.. like Sunnyvale.

Hertzberg:”We all drive what we’re comfortable driving, and so you know there’s choking type methods to make the road seem narrower so you slow down.”

If the policy is approved, residents would be able to make a request for something like a speed hump or table.. interactive sign.. or roundabout be put in in their neighborhood.. which they would help pay for.. if law enforcement efforts to slow traffic aren’t successful.

Hertzberg says the commission hopes to implement the policy on the 36th street corridor before they implement it in other neighborhoods to see how it works.

Hertzberg:”There’s a few things that we feel like you know, it’s really not solved.. it’s still there and it comes back. So we as a staff wanted this as an option.”

A solution that will hopefully give those in Sunnyvale some relief.

The final draft of the new policy will go before the traffic commission in March.

The city council would have to approve the policy after that.