The extension of Stardust Drive in Hannibal from Head Lane to Veterans Road. The road’s surface will be made of concrete.
“Stardust is progressing very well,” said City Engineer Mark Rees. “It does seem like we’re ahead of schedule. It’s funny how that goes. You worry about some of the delays in the summer when it was so hot and we had utilities in the way and we had to figure all that out. Bleigh did a real good job catching up and is probably even going to deliver this project early. It’s good news.”
“It looks like they have one more small piece of concrete to pour right at the intersection of Clover Road and Stardust extension and then there will be some minor grading and reseeding,” said Rees. “They are also working on a little bit of storm sewer that’s kind of off site down stream of this, which leads up to our crossing up there at Head Lane. That wouldn’t keep us from opening the street if it came time to open the street.
“The Street Department was in yesterday to coordinate their striping and signing efforts so they are also aware the end is coming soon and they will be out doing their thing, too. It’s all coming together.”
Bleigh Construction is the project’s contractor. It was awarded the job after submitting a bid of $979,432. The city budgeted $1.2 million for the work.
Three change orders have been approved by the City Council thus far. In June, $3,800 was added for the removal of trees and creek channel realignment. In August, another $13,480 was OK’d for the relocation of a Ralls County water district pipeline. On Oct. 2, the City Council approved spending an additional $3,294 related to the water line relocation and to pay for undergrading that was needed to stabilize the bedding.
The cost of the project now amounts to just over $1 million.
The Stardust extension project was one of six major projects identified by the city to undertake with bond money.
The issuance of $5 million in revenue bonds was approved by voters in April 2008.
Projected date for completion
The contractor, Bleigh Construction, has until the middle of December to complete the work.
“I would still guess they’re another month off on that,” said Rees, when asked about completing the project. “Toward the end of a project there’s a lot of little things to do. The big ones are done now. It’s getting close.”
Page 2 of 2 - Each week, the Courier-Post is documenting the construction of the new roadway in western Hannibal. For more information, contact:
Journalist Danny Henley
Mail P.O. Box A, Hannibal, MO, 63401
Phone (573) 248-2752
Fax (573) 221-5800