The city of Branson is investigating after discovering expansion joints were left out of certain spots on 76 Country Boulevard.

The city of Branson is conducting an investigation after discovering something was missing from the sidewalk in Segment 3 the 76 Complete Streets Project.

Keith Francis, director of public works and head of engineering for Branson, said the city is investigating why expansion joints were left out of the sidewalk in some areas.

“There were some places expansion joints didn’t get put in and we’re looking into the causes right now,” Francis said. 

According to Francis, expansion joints are boards made out of a fiber-type material or Styrofoam with caulk allowing a sidewalk to have room for expansion when it becomes heated.

“When the sidewalk gets hot it has room for expansion, to push against,” Francis said. “That way when it does get hot, it has some give to it, it doesn’t have hard surface to hard surface.”

Currently, Francis said, the city is looking to research why the expansion joints were left out of the sidewalk in Segment 3 of 76 Country Boulevard, which runs from Presley’s Country Jubilee to the Branson Ferris Wheel.

“We’re trying to address it as fast as we can,” he said. “We have to look back through the archives to find out the reasoning why the expansion joints weren’t put in.”

Looking ahead, Francis said it’s difficult to predict where a lack of expansion joints could cause a problem on city sidewalks.

“You never know where it’s going to hop up at,” Francis said. “If it’s got a place to give, and expand to, there shouldn’t be a problem, but if not, there’s sidewalks all over town which, for years and years, haven’t had any in them and have been fine for years.”

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