City of Cape Girardeau prepares for next major roadwork projects

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The City of Cape Girardeau is working with an estimated $16 million in projects to better city streets.

A big project the City of Cape is in the midst of designing for is the Independence Street Project connected to Walmart Neighborhood Market and Aldi. The busy street will be reconstructed in sections with the project looking to take a year in roadwork improvements.

“I think in the end it’s going to be a lot better, because you know you’re going to have new facilities. But during construction it’s going to be a pain,” said Amy Ferris, a city engineer with the City of Cape.

With city officials asking the public to be patient, all will turn out in the end.

“Be patient with the contractors out there working, be patient with the city,” said Jake Girard, a project manager for the City of Cape. “It is frustrating, it is a hassle, when you can please drive as carefully through the construction zones as possible.”

Roadwork on West End boulevard, Independence and most recently on Siemers drive, where potholes and bumps were smoothed over, are all vital to keeping streets and sidewalks under Americans with Disabilities requirements, also known as ADA, and daily commutes for cape’s citizens and visitors.

The estimated $20 million reconstruction within the year is still coming together, waiting on grants, proposals and more.

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