Intersection of Independence, Spanish Streets to close as part of street project

Spanish St. construction project in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The intersection of Independence and Spanish Streets will be closed starting on April 7 as part of the Spanish Street Project.

According to the city, it will be closed so Ameren crews can replace the gas infrastructure.

The Spanish Street Project includes asphalt milling and overlay of the streets downtown. It began on March 29.

It was broken down into nine work areas, keeping the closures to a minimum.

They will be closing one side of a street at a time, except the two week period when the intersection of Independence and Spanish will be completely closed.

No on-street parking will be allowed in the work areas, Monday through Friday starting at daylight until 3:30 p.m.

Roadwork will begin at the following times:

  • Area 1: March 29 to April 9
    • One way traffic from east to west, no on-street parking
  • Area 2: April 5 to April 9
    • One way traffic from east to west, no on-street parking
  • Area 3: April 7 to April 30
    • Entire intersection will be closed, no through traffic.
  • Area 4: May 3 to May 14
    • West side of Spanish St. closed, one way traffic from North to South, no on-street parking
  • Area 5: May 17 to May 28
    • West side of Spanish St. closed, one way traffic from North to South, no on-street parking
  • Area 6: May 31 to June 11
    • East side of Spanish St. closed, one way traffic from North to South, no on-street parking
  • Area 7: June 14 to June 18
    • East side of Spanish St. closed, one way traffic from North to South, no on-street parking
  • Area 8: June 21 to June 25
    • North side of Themis St. closed, one way traffic from West to East, no on-street parking
  • Area 9: June 28 to July 9
    • South side of Themis St. closed, one way traffic from West to East, no on-street parking

Cape Girardeau’s Development Services director said the goal is for Broadway, Main and Spanish streets to look the same.

“It will be easier to access, because if you look now, there are some areas of the sidewalk where it’s buckled and broken and so the new sidewalk will be really nice and smooth,” Kangas said.

In addition to new sidewalks, the lights will soon match the LED ones over on Main Street.

“We’re improving the landscaping as well, and then we’ll be doing a mill and overlay on the street,” she said.

Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Director Kelly Downes is hopeful the upgrades will bring more people to their Spanish Street Art Gallery.

“When you see that there’s improvement in the sidewalks, when you see the new courthouse has been revitalized, I think that actually in the long run is going to do a lot to encourage traffic coming here so we’re thankful for that,” Downes said.

You can see the city’s plan stretches from Broadway to Independence, and will include repaving as well.

Kailey Courtwright lives downtown and looks forward to the changes.

“I love our downtown area anyway ‘cause it’s kind of like old and historic looking and kind of different but I think it’ll be really nice to kind of oomph it up a little bit,” Courtwright said.

The total cost of the project is $1.6 million and the goal is to have it completed by August.

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