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New roundabout plans to be presented at Cape Girardeau meeting

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The City of Cape Girardeau is taking a step forward in plans to ease congestion at the intersection of Independence Street and Gordonville Road.

On Tuesday, the city will host a public meeting where residents can ask questions about the upcoming plans and find out what it means for them.

This project is something city leaders have been working towards for a while.

Jason Hill, the pastor at the Church of the Nazarene on Independence Street, says congestion is a daily issue there.

"At 3 o'clock to 5 or 6 o'clock in the afternoon taking a left out of our parking lot is almost an impossible task," Hill said. "You have to wait for all the traffic to clear out and usually what you have to do is turn right and then try to make a u-turn down the line. So it should be a good thing for us."

City engineer Casey Brunke says this is the first step to improving Independence Street from Gordonville Road to Caruthers Avenue.

Brunke says plans for for the roundabout are approximately 90 percent completed.

The goal is to allow contractors to bid on the project in March and break ground on construction by April or May.

The funding for the construction will largely come from the Transportation Trust Fund, approved by voters in 2010.

Earlier this month, the city council voted on a design services agreement with Koehler Engineering.

When this project is completed, it would make Cape Girardeau home to four roundabouts.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the roundabouts help accommodate traffic flow without drivers having to come to a complete stop in most cases.

The public meeting is scheduled for 4:30 at the Osage Center. It will be an open house with no formal presentation. 

At Tuesday's meeting, residents will also get a first hand look at what it will take to construct the roundabout. Brunke says people should prepare for road closures once they break ground.

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