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In an effort to improve traffic flow on Independence Street, automated traffic count devices will soon be installed between Gordonville Road and Sunset Boulevard. Field personnel will be collecting data over the next several weeks to improve congested areas and overall safety of the street.

Public meetings will be scheduled following the traffic study to share potential ideas and recommendations for Independence Street, and projects carried out as a result of the study and public meetings will be funded by Transportation Trust Fund 5.

Next week, the Safe Communities Initiative of Cape Girardeau will be hosting their first Walk-in Wednesday for child safety seat checks. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available at the Police Department from noon-4 p.m. on February 21 to make sure car seats are correctly installed at no charge.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly.

 

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency

For the state of Missouri, February is Earthquake Awareness Month. Missouri is a high-risk, active earthquake zone, and it’s the job of the state Emergency Management Agency to remind everyone of just that. Here in the southeast, that risk is even higher due to the New Madrid Seismic Zone; we experience over 200 quakes each year. We spoke to earthquake program manager, Jeff Briggs, who gave us some tips on what to do if a bad quake hits home.

Lindsey: So, Mr. Briggs, has anything changed this year in terms of earthquake preparedness?

 

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On Friday, city officials, community members, fire department retirees, and current fire department employees gathered at the Cape Girardeau Fire Department’s new Fire Station No. 4 for a dedication ceremony.

 

Thanks to voter approval of a fire sales tax and public safety trust fund in 2014, the fire department was able to move forward with multiple facility projects across the city this year, including the new station on Lexington Avenue.

 

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In spring of 2017, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Southeast District began an environmental study on the Chester Bridge. It connects Route 51, and poses no real danger to the 6,500 vehicles that use it a day. But due to modern standards, it’s still being checked for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. I spoke with Buddy Desai, the consultant project manager of the study.

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