Joplin Considers Replacing Low Water Bridge

Joplin Considers Replacing Low Water Bridge
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A low water bridge that floods during heavy rains could be replaced if Joplin and Newton County work together to pay for it.

On Monday Joplin City Council members will consider spending up to a million dollars to replace the low water bridge on Jackson Street, near Glendale.

Newton County would do the work paying for part of the construction with money from MODOT.

Replacing the bridge could cost $2 million. Residents hope the one lane bridge is both widened and raised to prevent it from being washed out during wet weather.

“It would be nice if they would redo it. I don’t think…you know I’m 57 years old and I don’t think they’ve ever done any work on it that i can remember so…,” says Joplin resident Bill Johnson.

Residents say flooding has been a problem here in the past.

If approved, Newton County expects to have plans ready for the project by the end of next year and to begin construction in 20-18.