Letter to the Editor

Wide loads tie up traffic on bridge during peak time

Saturday, August 31, 2002

To the editor:

I would like to express my concern about wide loads crossing the Mississippi River bridge before 8 a.m. At 7:45 a.m. I was on my way to work coming from the Illinois side. I was stopped by not only one, but three wide loads coming across.

This is an inconvenience not only to working people who end up being late, but for students who are trying to make it to an 8 a.m. class. Many professors do not tolerate students coming in late, and it hurts their grades.

I thought there was a law against wide loads crossing before 8 a.m. The man doing the flagging informed me that Missouri does not have a curfew on hours to cross.

I would think businesses would realize that between 7:30 and 8 a.m. is a very busy time for working people and students not only coming into Cape Girardeau, but for students who are attending classes at Shawnee Community College or Southern Illinois University from Cape and surrounding communities.

I hope surrounding businesses stop and consider this as an inconvenience to working people and students.

JANELLE McCRITE

Olive Branch, Ill.