First came the school. Next came its playground. The next planned undertaking around the new Mark Twain Elementary School will be the grinding off of the existing street surface and replacing it with a new layer of asphalt.
The Hannibal City Council approved the mill and overlay work on Hill and Bird streets in August. While the work has yet to begin, Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city of Hannibal, is still optimistic the work will occur in 2012.
“I don’t want to speak for Bross (project contractor), but I think we’re going to get it done this year,” he said, acknowledging he’s been asked when the work will take place by members of the City Council.
One reason the street project has been put on hold is because Bleigh Construction was wrapping up work on the school’s new play area, which was dedicated earlier this week.
“Bleigh still had construction going on with the playground being asphalted and all the equipment being brought in. Bross didn’t want to be in the way,” said Chaplin.
The Hannibal street repaving is not the only thing on Bross’ plate.
“Bross is working out on (Missouri) 19. They’ve got a lot of asphalting going on,” said Chaplin. “I know they’re making a lot of asphalt, but we’re not going to get the asphalt we need with everything else running.”
Temperatures could soon become a factor.
“We’ve got to keep that surface temperature halfway warm and it hasn’t been that cold yet,” said Chaplin. “Once we get consistently low temperatures then our surface temps will drop tremendously.”
Before any fresh asphalt can be applied, the old material must be removed, which brings up another challenge - the equipment necessary to mill the existing surface is cumbersome.
“It’s tough to have that milling machine traveling back and forth from job to job,” said Chaplin. “Once that milling machine comes in and gets it milled out, then we’ll be right behind it putting asphalt back in.”
Once Chaplin is told that the work is ready to start he plans on notifying residents in the area.
“I’ll probably just go knock door to door along those two streets by the school and let them know that we need them to park off street. We’ll be in milling and overlaying, and then we’ll be out of their hair,” he said.
In addition to the work on Bird and Hill by the school, some resurfacing on Market Street is also planned.
Page 2 of 2 - “It won’t be that big of an inconvenience (to Market Street motorists) because we’ll do one lane at a time and we’ll actually keep moving traffic back and forth,” said Chaplin. “Give us a couple of days on Market, a half day to mill it and a day and a half to pave it.
“I’d say we’re looking at three days total on the project with the streets we have remaining.”
Bird, Hill and Market are the last of the city’s 2012 resurfacing projects.
“We’ve accomplished four so far this year. Those four were overlays with no milling involved,” he said.