The project: An assortment of work is planned, including the installation of storm water drainage on North Main, the construction of new sidewalks, curb and gutters on North Main, plus the grading and overlaying of the Main Street driving surface.

What’s happening

“They’re finishing up the storm sewer (installation) at that (Bird Street and Main Street) intersection,” said Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city of Hannibal. “Hopefully it will be done by the weekend.”

What’s next

“They’ll start installing (drainage) pipe on the west side of Main Street next week,” said Chaplin, referring to the 300 block of North Main Street. “While the block will remain closed, we’ll be able to open the (Bird and Main) instersection.”

Chaplin does not envision the removal of sidewalk in the 300 block of North Main Street starting until after the Twain on Main event on Memorial Day weekend.

Anticipated cost

Bleigh Construction’s original bid was $828,000. When the design of the project was revised, it required passage of a construction change order by the City Council of an addittional $196,654.

When engineering and design service contracts, plus a handful of other related costs are factored in, another $215,000 is added to the project’s total cost.

Who’s paying

The state has designated $353,034 for the project. A portion of the construction costs will be split between the city and North Main property owners, who in 2011 agreed to help offset a funding shortfall by paying a special assessment.

Projected date for completion

The latest estimate is that much of the work will take until around Thanksgiving of this year.

Each week, the Courier-Post is documenting the improvements taking place in downtown Hannibal. For more information, contact:

Journalist Danny Henley

Mail P.O. Box A, Hannibal, MO, 63401

Email danny.henley

Phone (573) 248-2752

Fax (573) 221-5800