CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Jan. 16, 2009 — A portion of the parking lots at the Multi-Modal Transfer Facility along New Madrid Street, west of the Student Recreation Center – North will be closed on Jan. 16 and remained closed until completion of the next phase of construction of the Multi Modal Transfer Facility (MMTF).
This phase of construction is a transit nexus and is scheduled to begin the last week of January with an expected completion date of June 2009, according to Tom Hadler, Facilities Management project manager. Access to the project area is currently sealed off with construction barriers. A construction fence will be installed when work on the project begins later this month.
A transit nexus is designed to provide convenient and centralized passenger waiting areas as well as improved shuttle access to the waiting area, according to Beth Glaus, manager of Parking and Transit. Upon completion of the project, transit buses will be able to drop off and pick up passengers using dedicated transit lanes that are separated from motor vehicles parking in the parking lot of the MMTF. The bus shelter will be located in the heart of the MMTF project and adjacent to New Madrid Street, allowing for direct accessibility to transit riders and transit vehicles while providing a strong presence for the Multi-Modal Transfer Facility, Glaus said.
Other improvements to be accomplished in the project are the addition of 180 parking spaces (net gain 128) in a new paved parking lot. The new parking lot will connect to an existing parking lot to the east that fronts New Madrid Street. The new parking area will accommodate 14 handicap parking spaces that will have direct access to the bus shelter, Glaus said.
This portion of the project is Phase IV of a multi-phased project funded in part by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA).
During construction and while the affected parking lots are closed, commuters may park in the overflow parking lots north of the Show Me Center, according to Glaus. Shuttle service will be provided weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. Weekend service starts at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 2 a.m., she said.