Commission urges better signage at intersection

Thursday, July 11, 2002

Better warning is needed at the Broadway and Perryville intersection to show that the left lane must turn left, the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission said Wednesday night.

The commission asked that the city begin looking into the problem where east-bound traffic narrows from four lanes to two.

Commissioner R.J. McKinney brought up the issue, saying he has seen several near accidents at that location and many of the other commissioners nodded their heads in agreement.

McKinney suggested a sign be put up at the traffic light that would indicate that the left lane does not continue. Skip Smallwood made a suggestion that additional white arrows be painted on the street as a warning.

Charles Haubold, acting as chairman with the absence of Harry Rediger, said the city might consider doing both.

Historical status sought

Jerry and Kathryn Westbrook's house, located at 504 Bellevue and built in 1894, is one step away from being designated as an historic landmark in the city. The commission, upon the recommendation of the city's historic preservation commission, approved the status Wednesday night and will recommend council approval.

The Queen Anne-style house was built by Edward H. Engelmann and it sits on property originally owned by Louis Lorimier, Cape Girardeau's founder.

Jerry Westbrook said he sought the classification upon the encouragement from some historic preservation students at Southeast Missouri State University.

The commission gave city planner Kent Bratton approval Wednesday night to start working with the Missouri Department of Transportation on the design of a proposed intersection at Silver Springs Road and South Kingshighway near the new Cape Central High School.

Bratton said MoDOT has estimated the intersection will cost the city $380,000.

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