Hopper/Veterans Memorial Drive Update: What’s Completed, What’s Ongoing, Project Timeline Reminder

Much of the work to date along Veterans Memorial Drive and Hopper Road in Cape Girardeau has been in areas folks may not necessarily correlate with road construction. When building new sections of road, or relocating large sections of existing roadway, achieving a proper base and routing utilities is a critical concern that must be addressed prior to paving your new streets.
About three-quarters of a mile of roadway is being moved or created during this project, making it one of the more major projects Cape Girardeau has seen in a few years. The City and contractors understand this is lengthy and are making all efforts to reopen Hopper Road as soon as the new roadway is complete and it is safe for motorists to travel in the area.
As we begin August, the project is approximately halfway through its projected timeline, discussed below. Following are updates about the project’s current status, completed work, anticipated work, project timeline details, and whom to contact with questions.
Current project status

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Crews working on utility infrastructure along Hopper and Veterans Memorial Drive (late July 2016.

Work completed during the months of June and July included removing existing roadway surface along Hopper Road (which started on June 15), and working on utilities. The utility infrastructure work, which is not readily visible in some cases, is extensive for this project and much of it must be completed prior to paving the new roadways. It may appear that work is not being completed, but in reality the contractor and crews from Ameren Missouri, Alliance Water Resources, Charter Communications and others have been making sure your critical utility infrastructure is maintained through roadway changes occurring to both Hopper Road and Veterans Memorial Drive.
View toward new intersection of Hopper and Veterans Memorial Drive, where crews are working to remove the former tight curve on Hopper and create a new intersection.
View toward Hopper from Veterans Memorial Drive, where crews are working to remove the former curve on Hopper and create the new intersection (late July 2016).

In addition, crews have worked to clear areas where new roadway will be created and are moving approximately 72,185 cubic yards of dirt for grading the new portions of both Hopper and Veterans Memorial Drive. Moving dirt onto compacted layers of the roads’ new bases is a large and time-intensive portion of this project, ensuring the new portions of these roads are completed properly and are structurally sound.
While dirt is being moved crews are onsite laying storm pipes, so once grading is complete the roadway surface construction can begin unhindered. Various utilities have almost completed removing or relocating all existing lines in conflict with the construction.
Crews must move more than 71,000 cubic yards of dirt into place for the new portions of Hopper and Veterans Memorial Drive (photo - mid July 2016).
Crews must move more than 71,000 cubic yards of dirt into place for the new portions of Hopper and Veterans Memorial Drive (photo – mid July 2016).

Work is still ongoing along and near Hopper Road and the roadway is still not open to traffic, remaining that way until fall, meaning November or December 2016, weather-permitting.
Work completed on Hopper/Veterans Memorial Drive

  • Tree removal
  • Removal of existing improvements (majority)
  • Installation of majority of storm sewer piping and structures
  • Relocation of existing utilities (mainly centered on, or along, Hopper Road)


Work to be done on Hopper/Veterans Memorial Drive

  • Finish grading operations
  • Finish laying storm sewer piping
  • Install sanitary sewer line along Hopper Road
  • Pave roadway
  • Install sidewalks and street lighting


Project timeline according to contract

  • The date of the Notice to Proceed (the first date the contractor could work onsite) was Feb. 17, 2016. The contracted date of substantial completion is 270 days after Feb. 17, which results in the major construction being complete by Nov. 13, 2016.
  • Therefore, barring weather delays or unforeseen circumstances, the major construction portions of the project will be done as originally mentioned through fall 2016.
  • All efforts are being made to reopen Hopper Road as soon as construction is complete and it is safe for motorists to travel in the area.


Project contact

For more information, please contact City of Cape Girardeau Development Services at 573-339-6327.
Previously posted project information