Murphy Boulevard West of Lone Elm Road to Close July 25 for Stormwater Work

(Joplin, MO) – Starting on Monday, July 25, Murphy Boulevard will be closed west of Lone Elm Road as part of the Murphy Boulevard and Lone Elm Stormwater Improvement Project. Murphy Boulevard will be closed for the duration of the project, which is potentially three months.

Due to the complete road closure, there will be no through traffic in this area. Message boards alerting traffic to this upcoming closure are in place. Drivers are encouraged to observe traffic signage regarding detours and be cautious while traveling the area. Drivers may want to choose alternative routes due to possible delays.

The stormwater improvement project will raise the level of service and capacity of the storm sewer system from a two-year level of service to roughly slightly under a 25-year level of service. This improvement will decrease the frequency of occurrences of water over the road. Additionally, replacement of the culvert will allow for roadway improvements in the form of wider lanes, thereby eliminating the current need for the protective railing and improving overall traffic safety for motorists. Lastly, the culverts also allow for the installation of curb and gutter in the roadway as well as possible sidewalks in the future.

The contractor for the project is Jeff Asbell Excavating and Trucking Inc, and this stormwater project was approved by voters in the previous Parks and Stormwater Sales Tax in 2011.

For questions, please contact Public Works at 417.624.0820, ext. 1531.


Lindsey James, Joplin Recycling Coordinator
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 1501

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