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Wondering what’s going on along William Street near St. Francis Medical Center and West Park Mall lately? A multi-modal (bicycle and pedestrian) trail and signal improvements are being completed along William Street (Route K) and Highway 74. A bicycle lane will also be designated along Highway 74. The project is being completed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), in conjunction with the City of Cape Girardeau.
Trail construction earthwork along William Street is currently underway. Motorists may also have seen contractors working on the intersection islands between Siemers Drive and Kingshighway installing additional signal improvements.
The project includes installation of a prefabricated bicycle and pedestrian bridge between the Pasta House Company and Cape Bicycle.
This project will complement Cape Girardeau’s existing recreational trail and bicycle lane network by connecting it to additional popular destinations, including West Park Mall, as well as businesses in the vicinity of Best Buy, Schnucks and Dairy Queen.
Existing traffic signals along William Street and Highway 74 will be upgraded with adaptive traffic signal system technology, which should result in better traffic flow. The signals will operate in real time instead of on a pre-timed basis in order to better respond to changing traffic conditions, with the goal of achieving a “green light corridor” with fewer stops for motorists. Fewer motorist stops translates to less fuel usage and lower exhaust emissions.
Pedestrian push button signals with crosswalks will be provided at the Broadview Street, Silver Springs Road and St. Francis Drive intersections on William Street and at a several intersections on Highway 74.
This project is funded with federally-mandated statewide transportation enhancement funds selected through a statewide competitive process. The project was bid in August and awarded in September to R.L. Persons Construction, Inc. of Poplar Bluff, Mo., at a cost of $1,091,591.95. Completion is anticipated by late summer 2013.
Marissa Van Robey, Customer Relations with MoDOT’s Southeast District, also contributed to this blog post.