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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Stardust extension meets resistance

  • Should the extension of Stardust Drive from Head Lane to Veterans Road rank as a priority for the city? That question was raised during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Hannibal City Council.


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  • Should the extension of Stardust Drive from Head Lane to Veterans Road rank as a priority for the city? That question was raised during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Hannibal City Council.
    Sparking the discussion was a proposed contract worth $80,405 with Cochran for engineering services relative to the Stardust Drive Extension construction project. While the contract was approved, the five-person vote was not unanimous.
    Councilman Jeff Lyng, who cast the lone dissenting vote, asked if the estimated $1.4 million the project will cost wouldn’t be better spent on rebuilding existing streets that are already deteriorating. City Engineer Mark Rees said the Stardust extension is a project the city has promised residents.
    “We’re trying to hold fairly close to the promised list of projects,” said Rees, adding that the extension is a “logical build out of the city’s transportation system.”  
    Dropping a promised street project is certainly not unprecedented. In May 2009 the council decided to put the reconstruction of Shinn Lane on hold. It too was a project that had been listed among the city’s top priority projects when Hannibal voters were asked to approve a $5 million revenue bond proposal for street projects in April 2008.
    For additional details, see the Wednesday, July 7, edition of the Courier-Post.

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