North Main Street residents, merchants and property owners are encouraged to attend a public meeting Monday, March 11, when the new and improved sidewalk plans will be available for review.
“We’d like to explain to them what we’re doing, then get their input, and field any and all questions,” said Mark Rees, city engineer, who along with Brian Chaplin, city project manager, were out Thursday afternoon hand-delivering invitations to Monday’s meeting which will begin at 5 p.m. in council chambers at city hall.
As they made their way around North Main, Rees and Chaplin reported that public response was positive.
“The reactions I got were pretty pleasant,” said Rees. “They’re upbeat and anxious for it to get started.”
Rees only recently completed his review of the revised project plans.
“I’m pretty happy with it,” he said. “We got the curbs out of the sidewalks, which was a main priority. We got all the ramps, railings, curbs and steps out of the intersections. That was a good bonus, too.”
The plans call for raised intersections along North Main.
“That will be new to Hannibal, but I think we’ll get used to them and eventually like them. That’s in conjunction with the stamped and colored crosswalks that will be installed,” said Rees.
Even if public support is strong Monday night, two hurdles will remain - approval by the Missouri Department of Transportation and the State Historic Preservation Office. Rees is confident both organizations will sign off on the revised plans.
“We’ve already gotten our HDDC approval of the concept plan and I think that was preliminary to getting the State Historic Preservation approval,” he said.
The city’s Historic Development District Commission unanimously approved the new plans at its February meeting.
Rees noted that the redesign work by Architechnics was completed well in advance of the 90 days stipulated in the contract approved by the City Council on Dec. 18.