CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
April 28, 2005 – A ground breaking ceremony is planned for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, marking the start of modifications at the intersection of Broadway and Henderson that will result in an improved main entrance to the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
The ceremony will be held at the intersection.
In anticipation of the widening work on Broadway, the north side of Broadway from Park Avenue to Houck Place will be closed beginning Monday as part of the first phase of the project. Two-way traffic will proceed in this area on the south side of Broadway. In addition, Henderson, north from Broadway to New Hall, will be closed completely to traffic. Houck Place, which is north of Broadway in front of Houck Stadium, is scheduled to be re-paved in early June and will be closed through June 15.
Nip Kelley Equipment Co. Inc. is serving as the general contractor for the project. The work is being done in an effort to widen Broadway to four lanes and to improve access to the University from this intersection. Broadway will be widened about 10 to 20 feet in this stretch, and the intersection of Broadway and Henderson is being moved 100 feet to the west.
Tom Hadler, project manager with Facilities Management, says in connection with the project, Lot 65 in front of Houck Field House and the lot along Houck Place, formerly the site of a gas station, both will be closed beginning Monday. A construction trailer will be located at the site of the former gas station. Those who park in these lots are being asked to park during the construction period in Lot 4 across from New Hall and in Lot 19 at the former First Baptist Church along Broadway.
The first phase of work is expected to be completed by June 15, when the second phase will get under way. During the second phase, the south side of Broadway from Park Avenue to Houck Place will be closed for construction, with two-way traffic proceeding on the north side of Broadway in this area. Henderson Street south of Broadway also will be closed during the second phase. Access to Henderson Street will reopen north from Broadway at this time, as will access to Houck Place.
Work on Broadway and the intersection project is expected to be complete by Aug. 1, Hadler said. The street widening and relocation portion of the project is being funded by the City of Cape Girardeau with transportation trust funds. The University is acting as the city’s agent on the project.
The next phase of the Broadway widening project, from Park Avenue to Perry Avenue is scheduled to begin Aug. 1 and be completed in October.
Simultaneously with this project, the University will use its funds to install gateway entrance signage on the east and west sides of Henderson at Broadway. The entrance will feature rough-cut limestone, with each structure spanning about 35 feet, capped on each side by five-foot square pedestals eight feet in height with smooth-cut limestone caps. The concave face of each monument will feature a water curtain with the name “Southeast Missouri State University” in pin-mounted lettering above. The monuments will be mirror images of each other. This work is set to begin July 1 and be completed by Oct. 1.
In another related project, the University also will renovate the exterior of Houck Field House, repairing all deteriorating surfaces and treating the exterior on the east, south and west sides with a stucco-like sandstone finish, to match the color of recent improvements to Houck Stadium. The plan calls for modifying the doors on the south side of the building and installing limestone planters and Houck Field House signage. In addition, improvements will be made to Lot 65 in front of Houck Field House to include a concrete surface and 120 parking spaces. The work on Houck Field House is expected to begin in May and be completed by Aug. 30.