This Day in Cape: The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge Opens This Day in Cape: The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge Opens

On this day in Cape twenty years ago, Dec. 13, 2003, the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge was opened to traffic! The bridge is named after Bill Emerson, a Missouri congressman who helped lead efforts to secure funding for its construction. The structure is a 100-foot wide, 4,000-foot long cable stay bridge. It links Cape Girardeau, Mo., and East Cape Girardeau, Ill., and spans the Mississippi River. Currently, 11,000 vehicles utilize the structure daily. The Emerson Bridge is illuminated at night by 140 lights. Back in May, the bridge was lit up green for Mental Health Awareness Month.

This bridge replaced the Cape Girardeau Bridge which opened in 1928 and was demolished in 2003. Part of the bridge still remains as a historical piece, and can be visited downtown!

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