About Your Streets

The City of Cape maintains more than 230 miles of street and 22 miles of alleyways, which is roughly the same distance as a drive to St Louis and back. Some roadway in Cape Girardeau is privately owned or maintained by other agencies (such as Kingshighway). The average age of our streets is close to 35 years. About two-thirds of our streets are lighter-colored concrete and the remaining streets are darker asphalt. Street Maintenance efforts are coordinated by both our Public Works and Community Development Departments.

Current Active Projects

  • West End Boulevard from Rose to Bertling
    Full reconstruction, New Curb and Gutter, Drainage Improvements, and Sidewalks, Streetlights
    Construction could take up to a year. Expanded stormwater and a replacement sewer system was added to the project. Read more at cityofcape.org/westend

  • Concrete Repairs 2022-2023
    In addition to these expansive renovations listed here, several smaller repair projects are scheduled. Work began on Siemers in August.

  • Sprigg Street from William to Broadway
    Street Surface Replacement, Sidewalks, Right-Turn Lane at William/Sprigg
    Open and nearly complete.

  • College Street
    Major construction items should be completed in 2022 with the potential of some restoration being completed in early 2023

  • Independence Street from Gordonville/East Rodney to Clark
    Traffic Study to Address Congestion, Implement Recommendations from Study
    Acquisition ongoing. We expect to bid by end of 2022. Major construction items should be completed in 2023 with the potential of some restoration being completed in early 2024.

  • Main Street
    Full reconstruction, New Curb and Gutter, Sidewalks
    Anticipated 2022-2023

  • Asphalt Repairs (TTF) Starting October 2022 on Garnet Ln. (North Lake - North Lake, and then in no particular order finishing the following within a year: Park St. (Cousin - Jefferson,Spring St. (Good Hope - Bloomfield, Brenda St. (Scott's - Cul-De-Sac, Henderson Ave. (Independence - William, Luce St. (Sunset - Keller, Middle St. (Pearl - Mill, Northview Dr. (Bloomfield - Timmar, Park Dr. (Fountain - Main, Spring St. (Themis - End of Right of Way), Jefferson St. (Ellis - Sprigg,Mill St. (Fountain - End of Asphalt, Quince St. (Barberry - Edgewood), Quince St. (Edgewood - Dead End, McDonald St. (Haddock - Dead End), Meadow Lark Ln. (Northview - Chesley), Timmar Ln. (Northview - Chesley), Timon Way (Vincent - Dumais), Jefferson St. (Pacific - Ellis, Jefferson St. (Middle to Asher)

  • 2022-23 Accelerated Street Repair Projects funded by Capital Improvement Tax renewal 2019
     Portions of the following streets are included in the proposed work: Lacey Beaver, Creek Cape Meadows, Fitzgerald, Kenneth, Lakeshore, Rockport, S. Broadview. Final list and and work to begin anticipated by end of the year.

Public Works

The Public Works Department has a small crew who typically work on street repairs and pothole patching when weather allows, as well as mowing and other tasks. Renewal of the Capital Improvement Sales Tax provided an additional half million annually for contracted concrete repairs.

Pothole Patching
Photo of Asphalt Patching MachinePothole patching is especially needed after a heavy winter. Water tunnels under streets through defects caused by traffic, then freezes and expands making the pavement also expand and weaken. When the ice melts, there is sometimes a void left under the street. As traffic travels over the weakened pavement, it breaks and forms potholes. Learn more at cityofcape.org/publicworks

Community Development Department

Our Community Development Department manages the majority of street construction and repair which is funded through the Transportation Trust Fund Program. The annual Concrete and Asphalt programs are funded through TTF and are usually completed by contractors in the warmer months.

Street and Lane Closures

Construction ZoneUtility companies, contractors, government agencies, and other private entities close streets for various repairs and projects. Thank you for being mindful of the workers on site. Known and substantial closures are posted on the City’s website and social media, and sent to our weekly email subscribers and local media.