Joplin council finalizes contract for 32nd St. widening project

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin City Council finalized a contract for the 32nd street widening project and approved another one on first reading.

Earlier this month, council started the approval process for an $8.6 million contract to fund the widening project from Shifferdecker to Central City Road. Monday night they finalized that agreement with Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc.

They also approved on first reading a $520,000 contract for construction phase engineering services for the project.

“Some of those valley’s were raising up fifteen feet,” said Director of Public Works David Hertzberg. “So we’re doing some special monitoring in the materials testing make sure there is no settlement taken place over time.”

That $520,000 is part of the $8.6 million. Since this was only the first reading for the new contract, it will have to be approved again on second and third readings.