Scenic Overlook Planned for Cape's Riverfront

JANUARY 11, 2007 - Posted at 11:11 a.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - The southeast Missouri town of Cape Girardeau is building a new scenic overlook along the Mississippi River.

Ground was broken yesterday for the overlook at the old river bridge that was replaced a couple of years ago by the new Bill Emerson Bridge.  The old bridge was demolished in 2004.  The project will transform the base of the bridge into a terrace where visitors can observe the river.

The site will connect to a park that includes a picnic area with a gazebo and benches.

The project will cost more than $400,000, with work expected to be completed by the spring.  Grant money from the Federal Highway Administration is covering 80 percent of the cost, with the city picking up about $84,000 of the tab.

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