(Joplin, MO) – Murphy Boulevard will close starting Tuesday, November 1, and run through Friday, November 4 as work begins on the installation of a new gate system near the low water bridge in the area. The closure will be just west of Main Street to near Bramar Drive, east of the bridge.
The City of Joplin’s contractor, Joplin Industrial Electric, will work on the base foundations in preparation for the installation of the City’s new automated gates for the high-water event detection system at the low-water bridge of Joplin Creek.
Murphy Boulevard will open for traffic after Friday, November 4. The contractor plans to complete the underground work for the project during this closure and anticipates returning later to complete installation of the system once all materials are received from the supplier. The supplier has indicated the gate arms and other materials have been delayed until mid to late November. The City will announce any future potential closures as the project’s work continues.
The automated gate with a high-water detection system is funded through the Parks and Stormwater Sales Tax that was recently renewed in 2021. The project includes:
- A new detection system for high water events with capabilities of sending automated text and email notifications of the event to staff in Public Works, Police, and Fire Departments;
- Automated gate arms to close the road during these events;
- New blinker sign warning poles on the east and west sides of the bridge to alert motorists of any closures; and
- A night vision capable camera onsite to provide City staff with real-time data on conditions at the site.
For questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 417.624.0820, ext. 1598.
Lynn Iliff Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204