- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
I-66 going through Cape increasingly unlikely
The I-66 project, the dream of an east-west corridor linking Virginia and California, has been in the planning stages for more than a decade.
The latest movement was a public information workshop at the Missouri Department of Transportation office in Sikeston, Mo. Representatives of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began the process of determining what role Cape Girardeau may have in the I-66 process.
There were no routes outlined at the meeting, and virtually no members of the actual public that were supposed to be informed. However, there were officials from various agencies hoping to get a piece of the action. Among them were Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce president John Mehner and Mayor Jay Knudtson.
The city council has committed $8,000 for a lobbyist if Cape Girardeau County, Jackson and Southeast Missouri State University all commit money for the same thing. The lobbyist would fight to keep a federal order that I-66, if it's ever built, must go through Illinois. That would help ensure the interstate would have to cross the city's new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.
It's time to admit that the project is at an impasse, and there is little point of investing in it.
The federal order says I-66 must run through Illinois. Illinois officials have absolutely no intention of participating in the project, meaning the interstate won't run through Cape Girardeau. If the order is changed and the project skips Illinois, I-66 will run well south of here.
In these times when every dollar counts, it doesn't seem prudent to spend money for lobbyists for unlikely projects.