The paving of streets that run in front of and behind new Mark Twain Elementary School in Hannibal will be paved this week. Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city of Hannibal, announced that the work will be pushing forward on Monday afternoon.
“We’re glad to be getting it done,” said Chaplin.
The removal of the existing street surface on Hill and Bird streets will take place on Wednesday morning. Paving should begin Wednesday afternoon and wrap up some time on Friday, according to Chaplin.
Among those who will be impacted by the street work will be the parents who transport their children to and from the new school.
“Obviously it’s going to interrupt the traffic flow of parent drop-off and pick-up,” said Dana Ruhl, business manager of the Hannibal public school district. “I only learned about this this afternoon and I’m in the process of talking with Karen Wheelan the principal.”
Ruhl anticipates that by Tuesday Wheelan will have a plan in place to work around the street project. Parents will likely be informed of the details through the district’s telephone program.
As for the school’s teachers and staff, Ruhl doesn’t anticipate a major challenge.
“We may be able to use our new parking lot; they haven’t opened it up to us yet,” he said.
Chaplin indicated last week that residents living around the school would be advised by city personnel when the work was about to begin.
While the project may cause some short-term inconvenience, Ruhl is happy to see the street work being accomplished sooner than later.
“That will kind of complete that whole (school) project area,” he said. “It will give a finished look to the whole area.”
It had also been hoped that a section of Market Street would also be resurfaced before the end of the year. Chaplin says that additional work will now be delayed until next spring.
“We wanted to make sure and get those two important ones done around the school this year,” he said.