POSSIBILITY OF FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW THIS EVENING
This evening, there is the possibility of the first period of winter weather of the season in Southeast Missouri.
According to the National Weather Service, rain or freezing rain is possible this evening along with a slight chance of snow. Temperatures are also expected to fall to around 25 degrees overnight.
If you have to get on the roads, remember to check road conditions in your area on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Map, which is available at modot.org.
DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS TO BE CLOSED TODAY IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY
Driver Examination Stations across the state of Missouri are going to be closed today.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the stations will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Normal operations are set to resume on Tuesday.
WAYNE COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR
Route 34 in Wayne County will be reduced with a 14 foot width restriction through the end of the year while contractor crews perform roadside repairs.
The section of roadway to be reduced is located at the corner of Eastbound Route 34 and Southbound 67.
Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 am to 7 pm daily through Monday, December 31st.
WINTER WEATHER DRIVING TIPS
With the possibility of winter weather hitting the area, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to exercise caution while driving.
The patrol says planning ahead can help in case of an emergency. Before you travel, make certain your vehicle is in good working condition.
The Highway Patrol suggests keeping your fuel tank at least half full. Place an ice scraper, tire chains, battery booster cables, blankets, flashlights, and a bag of sand or cat litter in your trunk.
Also, take the time to make sure the windows are completely cleared to ensure visibility and clear your driveway so that your vehicle enters the roadway safely. Allow extra driving time for you to reach your destination at a slow, safe speed.
Road conditions are available online by going to the Patrol’s website www.mshp.dps.mo.gov and clicking on the Road Condition icon.
ANNUAL STUDENT BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION TO BE HELD THIS WEEK
The 15th annual Missouri Department of Transportation Bridge Building Competition will be held this week.
The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors from across Southeast Missouri to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials including 15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.
Prizes donated by area organizations will be awarded to the top-five bridge building winners, as well as for the most aesthetic bridge and the electronic bridge building contest. Similar to previous years, cash prizes will be given to the top three schools with the best overall performance.
The competition will be held Thursday, beginning at 9 am at Southeast Missouri State University’s Academic Hall Auditorium in Cape Girardeau.
More information is available online at MoDot.org.
POPLAR BLUFF LEAF PICK UP SCHEDULE TO BEGIN THIS WEEK
The leaf pick up schedule for the city of Poplar Bluff is set to begin this week.
According to city officials, the leaf pick up is scheduled to be in Ward 1 from November 13th to November 30th. It will move to other city wards in the following weeks.
Leaves may also be disposed of at the landfill located on the east side of the city. To reach the landfill, take Bartlett Street to “F” Street and go under the railroad crossing. Follow the graveled portion of “F” Street around the curve and the disposal is located on the left side of the road. There are signs marking the location.
The site is open for leaf disposal from 8 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.
BOARD BEING FORMED TO HELP REDEVELOP AREAS FOR USE IN POPLAR BLUFF
City Officials in Poplar Bluff are looking for applicants to help redevelop areas within the city.
Officials say a Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority Board is being formed to redevelop blighted or insanitary areas for residential, recreational, commercial, industrial, or public use.
The City is seeking five members who are taxpayers, city residents, and have resided in the city limits for at least five years.
Anyone wanting to serve on the board should apply at the City Clerk’s Office. Applications should be received by this Thursday.
For more information, contact the Street Department at 573-686-8646.