Motorists traveling along South Sprigg Street may notice a slight change at one intersection. Work has begun on the removal of the traffic signal at the intersection at Morgan Oak Street and installation of stop signs — a process that soon will happen at an Independence Street intersection as well. Initial plans to phase out the Morgan Oak intersection came as a result of the city identifying seven locations where traffic signals did not have battery power backups. Cape Girardeau city engineer Casey Brunke says staff decided first to evaluate all the signals on the list before paying for the backup equipment at each light. Data for two key warrants — traffic volume and crash frequency in the area — indicated a traffic signal no longer was necessary at the Morgan Oak intersection. Eastbound traffic on Morgan Oak will encounter a temporary stop sign, and westbound traffic will encounter a flashing red signal. This means Sprigg at Morgan Oak is operating as a “cross traffic does not stop” intersection. The intersection will have stop signs for east- and westbound Morgan Oak, but not on Sprigg Street. Another change motorists can anticipate in the coming months is the phasing out of the traffic signal at Independence and Pacific streets. Brunke said traffic volume and crash frequency levels similarly indicated that area did not require a signal.