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Fred Lynch

Two-lane Highway 61 widened in 1977

Posted Monday, March 20, 2017, at 12:00 AM

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March 17, 1977 Southeast Missourian

Crews for R.B. Potashnick Construction, Inc. have begun the $2.2 million widening project for Highway 34-61. Trees near Wedekind Park are being removed. The road will be divided from the Interstate 55 intersection, east to a point near Boulder Crest drive on the downhill side. From there it will be an undivided four-lane road to where the present four lanes end near Route W.

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March 25, 1977 Southeast Missourian

The once heavily-timbered hillside along Highway 61 leading to Jackson is becoming more barren under the onslaught of the bulldozer as preparations continue to build a four-lane highway. The road will be widened between Wedekind Park and Cape LaCroix Creek, a distance of nearly two miles under a contract of the R.B. Potashnick Construction Co. The view here is toward Jackson. (Fred Lynch photos)

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Highway 61 just north of Cape Girardeau, looking toward Jackson.

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Highway 61 north of Cape Girardeau at KFVS Hill, looking south.

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Highway 61, left, and Old Jackson Road, looking north from near KFVS Hill.

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  • The day they finished the four lane to Jackson is the day Cape basically stopped growing. The Realtors were telling new residents that the school system was better there. (Not so!) But, its continued for 40 years. Prior to the four lane, it took forever to get to Jackson, as inevitably, someone would be looking at the trees and going 25 or 30 mph. Passing was impossible. So, there you have it. Like or not.

    -- Posted by JungleJim on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 9:15 PM