A little over a week after the sidewalk replacement project started on north Main Street in Hannibal, City Engineer Mark Rees reports that work is already ahead of schedule.
“They’re quite a bit ahead of schedule and I’m glad to see it,” said Rees. “That tells me that Bleigh is serious about getting some phases (of the project) in before winter.”
A number of factors have contributed to getting ahead of schedule.
“The Street Department did its work faster than expected,” said Rees, referring to the removal of the old sidewalk on both sides of north Main by city workers. “They’ve had good work weather and have had enough men and materials.”
Evidence that the project is moving along is the fact that Tuesday concrete for the new curb and gutter was being poured on the west side of the street. Initially it was reported that the contractor would do one side at a time, but at least in the section of Main between North and Hill streets both sides will be done essentially at the same time.
“Once the curb and gutter is done the sidewalk will be installed behind it,” said Rees.
How much further will the project be able to go before it is shut down to accommodate the Folklife Festival, which is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21?
“We’re four weeks from Folklife,” said Rees. “It would be awfully ambitious to crack the next block, but I’d hate to slow progress.”
After the Folklife Festival, work could resume. However, it would be halted between “Black Friday” (Nov. 23) and Christmas so as not to interfere with downtown holiday shoppers.
The Hannibal City Council accepted on July 17 the $828,000 bid from Bleigh Construction for replacement of gutters, curbs and old sidewalk on North Main Street.