At their meeting Monday night, the Joplin City Council voted in favor to advance an agenda item that could bring smart roads to the city. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
Earlier this year, representatives from Integrated Roadways of Kansas City, Missouri presented a proposal to the Joplin City Council to form a partnership that could bring smart roads to Southwest Missouri. As part of its presentation, the company showed off successful projects in Lenexa, Kansas, and Denver, Colorado. Integrated Roadways technology monitors traffic information in real-time, including lane usage and speed metrics so that city officials can better understand traffic patterns. Joplin resident Frank Thomas spoke Monday night saying he’s not sold on the technology or whether Joplin should adopt it. “We can’t even, here in Joplin we can’t even keep our computer system going without it getting hacked with cyber ware. So there’s just a lot of unknown about this company”. After Thomas spoke, Councilmember Gary Shaw, said that the project was, quote, “a long way off.” The city council ultimately voted 8 to 1 in favor of advancing the agenda item to a 2nd and 3rd reading and to further research the idea. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro