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Editorial: I-55 safety

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

What is likely to become the biggest economic development project in this region is taking shape along I-55 between Cape Girardeau and Jackson. It is the new interchange that will connect the interstate with Jackson's East Main Street and with Cape Girardeau's planned LaSalle Avenue. Much of the property around the interchange is what used to be Southeast Missouri State University's demonstration farm. Consultants are developing plans for a major retail area, recreation facilities and a research park.

As many Southeast Missouri motorists have discovered during trips to St. Louis in recent years, major highway projects can cause significant delays as traffic is diverted or funneled into fewer lanes to give construction crews a safer work environment. Soon, traffic on I-55 will experience those same constraints as vehicles are detoured onto what will become on- and off-ramps for the new interchange during construction.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes or plan for delays on the interstate. In addition, motorists are reminded that the safety of construction workers is a critical factor. Stiff penalties are in place for motorists who speed in highway construction zones or injure a construction worker.

Plan ahead. Slow down. Drive with caution. In a few months, the interchange will be completed and development that will add to this area's importance as a regional hub will begin in earnest. In the meantime, drive safely and responsibly.

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This is nothing but a giant pork project that was not needed.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 8:19 AM

Recreation facilities?!?! When did this all come about? I'd like to hear more about what kind of recreation facilities these "consultants" are developing plans for in that area.

-- Posted by Rodney King on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 8:26 AM

IM all for the water park and new developments.

-- Posted by misse on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 9:54 AM

And they didn't even ask what kinda sauce we wanted on our pork, did they???

-- Posted by donknome on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 12:12 PM

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