Joplin, MO (SNS) – With apologies to Shel Silverstein, there is a place where the sidewalk ends. And that place is just behind the Robert W. Plaster School of Business at Missouri Southern State University.

Crews from the Physical Plant are nearing completion of a new sidewalk that will run from behind Billingsly Student Center to the staircase behind Plaster.

“It will give students easy access from Reynolds Hall to the trailers when we move classes down there,” said Bob Harrington, director of the Physical Plant.

The project got underway a week and a half ago and should be completed by the end of this week, he said.

The 15 mobile science labs – which were delivered in February and placed in the parking lot behind the Physical Plant – will be put to use during the upcoming Reynolds renovation project.

The labs were most recently put to use by Joplin High School at their former Northpark Mall campus following the May 22, 2011, tornado.

“The trailers are in their final location and all put together,” said Harrington. “We’re finishing the connecting link between two of the trailers with an access ramp, as well as the electrical and plumbing inside.”

Gov. Jay Nixon recently signed House Bills 17, 18 and 19, which includes $5.2 million for repairs and renovations to Reynolds and an additional $1.5 in funds that the university must match. Improvements to the building – which houses the biology, environmental health, physical sciences and mathematics programs – will include renovation of lab space as well as upgrades to classrooms and electrical systems.