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UPDATED: This project was delayed one week due to rain in forecast. Originally scheduled to start Aug. 1, will now start Aug. 8.
Preparations are underway for work along the Mississippi River flood wall and railway relocation in downtown Cape Girardeau.
The project encompasses removal and replacement of about 600 feet of piping along the flood wall and removing and setting new railroad tracks in an area from the south side of Isle Casino Cape Girardeau to the Broadway flood gate.
Work will take place around the clock from Aug. 8-10, until work is completed. Prior to the project the City of Cape Girardeau Public Works Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and BNSF Railway are preparing by moving materials and equipment into place near the work area. The scope of the project and amount of equipment in place will close certain portions of the riverfront area as follows:
Starting on Monday, July 25, the public parking lot at Broadway and Water Street will be used for equipment and be closed through the project’s duration. The Riverfront Trail north of the Broadway flood gate will close late during the week of July 24 as lighting equipment is staged. During construction, the Broadway flood gate is subject to closure while the work zone is active.
Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the work area as there will be numerous trucks and large equipment working to complete the project as quickly as possible. Truck traffic on Main Street from Broadway to the Casino area is expected to be heavy for the three days of the work. Businesses in the vicinity of the work area expected to remain open, including Isle of Capri Cape Girardeau. Casino visitors are encouraged to use Lexington or Bertling and Big Bend Road instead of Broadway and Main Street to avoid the truck traffic and possible congestion.
The City apologizes for any inconveniences this work will unavoidably cause and appreciates the patience and cooperation of the residents and businesses in the area of the project. Once the improvements are complete, the City will have confidence that the flood wall will continue to protect the downtown Cape Girardeau area for many years to come.
For questions about this project, please contact the City of Cape Girardeau Public Works Department at 573-339-6351.