Action taken Monday night by the Cape Girardeau City Council may bring the city one step closer to reopening South Sprigg Street. A section of the street has been closed since 2013 after a large sinkhole collapsed part of the nearby street, and another sinkhole formed near the base of the bridge. The city received federal funding last year to perform an investigative study and determine whether the street could be reopened. Horner & Shifrin was awarded the contract last year and has finished its investigation, determining a new bridge could be built near the existing structure. Geological studies determined a structurally sound bridge could be built by digging to the bedrock and building the frame from there. The measure approved unanimously by council Monday allowed crews to begin the design and construction phases which city manager Scott Meyer says they have been talking about for some time. Sprigg Street’s closure has caused a number of transportation issues, including limited access to the city’s transfer station. The cost is not to exceed $571,264.74. An emergency relief program agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will provide 80 percent reimbursement for the project. A low-interest loan of $3,965,100 from the Missouri Transportation Finance Corp. also will go toward design and construction.