Counties Impacted
Cape Girardeau
Route Impacted
Work Type
Corridor Upgrades
Planning Phase


The purpose of the project is to improve the flow of traffic and safety along the Route K corridor in Cape Girardeau County. Traffic studies completed in 2022 and 2024 looked at the corridor from County Road 319 to 0.20 miles east of County Road 317. 

Public Meeting Held April 18, 2024

The Missouri Department of Transportation held a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18 to discuss plans to improve the Route K corridor in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The meeting was held at Notre Dame High School, located at 265 Notre Dame Dr. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. 

If you missed the public meeting, the meeting handout and exhibits are included below.

Traffic studies completed in 2022 and 2024 looked at the corridor from County Road 319 to 0.20 miles east of County Road 317. The proposed project includes widening the roadway, adding a center turn lane and constructing a roundabout at Notre Dame Drive. Construction could begin as early as spring 2026, with completion anticipated by fall 2026. It is anticipated the route would remain open throughout all phases of construction, with minor lane shifts under flagger control. 


Center Two-Way Left Turn Lane

Widening the roadway to accommodate a center two-way left turn through the study area

Benefit: This will allow vehicles to safely stop in center turn lane before making a left turn, which will reduce the likelihood of rear end crash occurrences within the corridor.


Widening for an additional eastbound lane starting at Notre Dame Drive and tying into existing eastbound 5-lane section near Wal-Mart's entrance in Cape Girardeau, Missouri 

Benefit: This will help during peak times and as traffic capacity increases.

Intersection Improvements

Intersection improvements at Notre Dame Drive

Benefit: This will be completed in an effort to improve safety, address capacity needs and mitigate traffic delays during peak hours at Notre Dame Drive.


Sight Distance Design Phase Analysis Recommended

  • CR 318
  • CR 203
  • CR 317
  • Notre Dame Dr/Parkwood Lake St

Pavement Markings

  • Install stop bars on minor street approaches


  • Analysis during design to determine need for curve and intersection warning signs
  • Add advance school warning signs on Route K approaches to Notre Dame Drive and replace existing School Speed Limit signs with new, high visibility fluorescent yellow signs

Right Turn Lanes

  • Greenbriar Drive
  • CR 318
  • CR 206
  • Notre Dame Dr
  • CR 317 WB

Guardrail Design Phase Analysis Recommended

  • Curve west of Notre Dame, on the northside of Route K
  • Creek east of Notre Dame, both sides of Route K
  • Curve at CR 203, both sides of Route K

Access Management Opportunities Design Phase

  • Greenbriar Dr to S Forester Dr
  • East of CR 317/Robin Lane to Walmart entrance (eastern project limits)

Meeting Materials

Project Timeline

Completed Traffic Study

Summer 2022

Conceptual Plan Approval

Fall 2022

Consultant Selection for Final Phase Development

Spring-Summer 2023

2024 Traffic Study and Conceptual Plan

Jan.-Feb. 2024

Public Meeting

Spring 2024



Fall 2024

Tentative Project Letting

Fall 2025


As early as Spring 2026

Anticipated Completion

Fall 2026


For More Information

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Tim Pickett
Tim Pickett
Project Manager
Southeast District
Contact Info

(573) 472-9003

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Chris Crocker
Chris Crocker
Area Engineer
Southeast District
Contact Info

(573) 380-1658