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JHS construction free for start of school year

Crews add coal patches to smooth ruts

Construction At School

JOPLIN, Mo - A Missouri American Water project made the street in front of Joplin High School a construction zone. Clearing that in time for the start of school took multiple attempts Tuesday. 

Construction started on Indiana across from Joplin high about a month ago. Christie Barnhart with Missouri American Water explained the project. "What we're doing is we're connecting an 8 inch water line to a 12 inch water line. Obviously, the benefits  are it helps increase the flow in our system which ultimately benefits fire protection."

It's been a month with cones forcing drivers snugly  into a new lane. Something those who work at Joplin high know all too well. 
Heather Pugh said, "I live just right  over here so yeah they’re a concern for me. I’d like them to be gone."

Joplin Schools Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kerry Sachetta said construction can be an issue around the high school. "Cause they had north and south traffic going through there, but not having the turn lane would make a big difference."

The work left a rut about two inches deep and about 4 feet wide.
So crews added coal patches to create  slopes to lessen the bumps. 
And then removed cones.  Bringing a promise of complete access to the street. 
But Pugh was skeptical. "We'll see. They’ve  told us that in past years and it wasn’t done in time, so."

This isn’t  the first time Joplin high started school with construction going on  in the area. But Pugh said making cones disappear is important when it comes to the amount of traffic here. 

Pugh said, "I come early enough it’s not too b g of an issue. When 8 o’clock hits it gets, especially the first day of school, there's a line all the way down.  It can get crazy with it being this congested and restricted it will be longer." 

Sachetta suggested parents and student drivers get an early start. 
"I think the amount of traffic will dictate hopefully how people are driving as well  as speed limit is there, it should provide for plenty of time for kids to get to school." The limit in front of the high school is 25 miles per hour.

We took a ride through the rut in the right lane of Indiana. The bumps shook the vehicle. Some other drivers simply avoided it and drove down the center of Indiana including through a yellow striped area that’s supposed to be off limits. 

A construction supervisor checked out the scene and determined that the coal patches needed to stretch  through the entire  construction area making it a smooth surface. 

So there will be no cones and a smoother  ride in time for the start of school.  Pugh’s response to that,  "Awesome! That would be great." 


The current fix is considered temporary.  Crews will return on a weekend to add a permanent seal to the street to avoid school traffic. 


 

 

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