The long-awaited traffic light at Kodiak Road and Highway 60 will soon be a reality.

The long-awaited traffic light at Kodiak Road and Highway 60 will soon be a reality.

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced on Monday that work is set to begin on the light next week, starting Monday, March 4.

The project also includes widening the intersection, widening Kodiak Road as it approaches Highway 60, widening Highway 60 to add left-turn lanes in both directions onto Kodiak Road, and the addition of left turn lanes from both directions on Kodiak Road onto Highway 60.

The work is included in the Neosho Transportation Development District, which was formed in Feb. 2011.

The district stretches from Waldo Hatler Drive to Industrial Drive, and from Kodiak Road to just east of Laramie Lane.

The group has been collecting a half-cent sales tax within its borders since Jan. 1, 2012.

APAC-Missouri, of Columbia, will be performing the work, for the low bid of $824,000.

According to the MoDOT news release, once work begins, drivers can expect one-lane traffic and short traffic stops at times on Highway 60, to allow APAC crews to move equipment.

However, one lane of Highway 60 should remain open in each direction most of the time.

Drivers can also expect a closure on Kodiak Road, south of Highway 60.

Beginning shortly after construction starts, that stretch of Kodiak road will be closed for several weeks, while crews work to widen the road as it approaches Highway 60.

The project is expected to be completed by June 30.

The TDD's board of directors announced progress on the light in their Dec. 23, 2012 meeting.

"I think it's really good news to the City of Neosho and our citizens that we're getting started on one of the first projects out there that's really near and dear to a lot of people's hearts," said board member Steve Roark in the December meeting. "That's great news for the citizens that travel out there."