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Fred Lynch

Traffic heaviest on Broadway in 1947

Posted Friday, July 11, 2014, at 12:00 AM

Traffic moves in the 300 block of Broadway past the Southeast Missourian building in this undated photo by G.D. Fronabarger.

July 10, 1947 Southeast Missourian

Traffic in Girardeau Heaviest on Broadway

Vehicular traffic in Cape Girardeau is heaviest on Broadway, east and west of Sprigg street, a count made by the State Highway Department in June shows.

An average of 10,449 vehicles per day were registered on the automatic counters on Broadway in the sector immediately west of Sprigg street.

On Broadway, in the block between Fountain and Lorimier streets, the counters recorded an average of 7324 vehiclesl lin the 24-hour period.

Third heaviest traffic was recorded on West Broadway, east of Clark avenue, where an average of 6467 cars were counted in the 24-hour period.

Count on Main Street

Main street, south of Broadway, recorded an average of 6258 vehicles per day.

On Sprigg street, immediately south of Broadway, there were 5601 cars per day, the fifth heaviest traffic movement in town.

Ranking sixth was the Boulevard, north of Independence, where 4793 cars were counted as an average for a 24-our day.

The count was made from June 2 to June 6, with a five-day check being made on Main street, a four-day one on Broadway and two and three-day ones at most other points.

No count was made of Saturday and Sunday traffic, the check being started on Monday and concluded on Friday.

The check by automatic machines was made by the highway department as a part of its planning program. Similar checks will be made annually in all the larger cites of the state.

There was little variation in the traffic on the different days checked. For example, on Broadway west of Sprigg 10,581 cars were counted June 2, 10,247 on June 3, 10,419 on June 5 and 10,547 on June 6.

There were 1060 cars recorded during the peak hour, beginning at 4:15 o'clock in the afternoon.

On Main street, the heaviest traffic was noted on Monday, June 2, 6535 on Tuesday, 6036 on Wednesday, 6137 on Thursday and 6338 on Friday. The peak hour, starting at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, showed a count of 679 cars.

Average peak hour traffic on Broadway east of Fountain was 670, beginning at 4:15 o'clock.

Indicating the heavy traffic on South Sprigg, the count showed 4047 cars per 24-hour day north of Hickory street, with the peak hour starting at 3:15 o'clock and 305 cars counted.

That Independence street is also carrying heavy traffic was indicated in the report showing 3823 cars daily counted in the sector east of Henderson and 3420 east of Fountain street. Peak hour was in the late afternoon, 4:30 o'clock.

Morgan Oak, east of Sprigg street, had 3433 cars daily, with the peak of 262 cars being at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.

South Main Extension

Aquamsi street, the Main street extension to the south, had a daily average count of 1320 vehicles, with the hourly peak of 170 being at 4:15 o'clock.

Other daily traffic counts:

Bloomfield, west of Boulevard, 2967 cars.

Pacific, south of Independence, 2709.

Bend Road, south of Olive, 2450.

Boulevard, north of Broadway, 1877.

Henderson, north of Broadway, 1742.

Pacific, north of Broadway, 1489.

Sprigg, north of Bellevue, 1430.

Perry, north of Broadway, 1300.

College, west of Ellis, 1085.

William, west of Ellis, 918.

Previous blogs:

Independence Street traffic

Spanish and Independence traffic

Broadway then and now


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  • This story may be from 1947 but all the cars in the photo are not. Far left is a '54 Chevrolet. Also an early 50's Buick is right behind the Chrysler in the foreground. That Chrysler is early 50's too.

    It's always interesting to see the old photos,,thanks for running them.

    -- Posted by kc135e on Fri, Jul 11, 2014, at 7:24 PM