(Joplin, MO) – The City of Joplin’s West 32nd Street widening project’s progress continues. Starting Monday, July 31, West 32nd Street will be closed from Iron Gates/Arbor Road to the west side of the Westberry neighborhood entrance. During this closure, there will be no access to Arbor Road or Iron Gates from 32nd Street, and residents of the Arbor Hills area will be required to utilize the southern exit onto Schifferdecker. Project work also has moved to the far west end of the project, and the section from Woodland Drive west to Joplin Fire Station #6 will be closed for several weeks for earthwork, curb and gutter, and asphalt paving will be done.
Recently, crews completed asphalt base course work recently completed 32nd Street from Crane Road west to near the west end of the project in the vicinity of Woodland Drive. This section opened to local traffic with temporary pavement markings, with drivers asked to use caution as sidewalk placement, final grading, and seeding will continue in this area. The final asphalt surface course and pavement markings will be placed later this fall, near the end of the project.
The project is anticipated to be completed by late fall, withstanding weather delays. Please watch for updates. The City appreciates the public’s patience and understanding as this roadway is made safer and more efficient for traffic flow in southwest Joplin. Funding for the project is from the Capital Improvement Sales Tax that was approved by voters in 2014.
Lynn Iliff Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204