Joplin Public Works provides this drawing of how the roundabout at Zora and Hall streets will be constructed.

Zora & Hall roundabout to be constructed this summer

Zora Street improvements from Mo-249 to Hall Street also in first phase

Bob Foos

Webb City Council members on Monday were brought up to date on the $9 million Zora Street improvements which are to get underway this summer with construction of a roundabout at Hall Street.

The roundabout is designed to be “large-truck friendly” to accommodate the increasing truck traffic coming from Highway 249 to the Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park.

It was announced in the fall that Joplin and Jasper County have received a $4 million grant from the Governor’s Transportation Cost Share Program for the Zora Street project.

The remaining $5 million will be funded through Joplin’s 3/8-cent capital improvement sales tax.

It was reported in the Joplin Globe Sunday that two Joplin City Council members are questioning why Webb City isn’t contributing since part of the project is within the city limits of Webb City.

That issue did not come up during the update presentation to the council by Dan Johnson, Joplin director of public works, and Tony Robyn, Joplin assistant city manager.

Webb City supported the project during the application process, but Carl Francis, Webb City city administrator, said the city has not been asked to contribute yet.

The north half of Zora Street from Center Line (Country Acres mobile home park) west to almost the railroad tracks is in Webb City. And all of Zora Street through the Oakland Park subdivision to Range Line Road is in Webb City.

However, it’s Joplin’s plan, not Webb City’s, to make Zora Street a major east-west thoroughfare from Highway 249 to Interstate 44.

Johnson detailed the three phases of the project:

Phase 1– Roundabout

  • With lighting enhancements
  • Stormwater improvements
  • $1.3 million
  • Summer of 2023

Phase 2 – Zora Street improvements from Duquesne Road (Hall Street) east to Highway 249

  • Three lanes with curb and gutter from the roundabout to Center Lane
  • Stormwater improvements
  • Two lanes with 10-foot shoulders from Center Lane to Highway 249
  • $3.5 million
  • Summer of 2023

Phase 3 – Zora Street improvements from the roundabout west to Range Line Road

  • Two lanes with curb and gutter
  • Stormwater improvements
  • Grading for future sidewalk
  • $3.4 million
  • Summer 2024

It was a short meeting otherwise as the council:

• Approved the purchase of 18 disc golf baskets for the new disc golf course to be located west of the softball fields. The winning bid of $7,433 was submitted by Innova Disc Golf.

Bryan Waggoner, parks and recreation director, says the disc golf course should be ready for play this spring.

• Approved the purchase of three commercial-grade mowers at a cost of $37,000. Although the Kubota of Joplin bid wasn’t the lowest of three received, it was recommended because the mowers are available, the parks department has been using Kubotas for 10 years, and the dealer has a loaner plan.

• Approved second reading of the ordinance rezoning the historic home at 28 S. Webb St. from residential to commercial.