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
“We have ripped out all the remaining sidewalk on the east side of the 300 block, from where we left off before the Fourth of July, to the corner of Bird and Main,” said Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city of Hannibal. “Bleigh has slipped in about 60 feet of curb as of yesterday (Tuesday). We are putting in the conduit for the festival boxes and getting the base rock set.”

What’s next
“They’re going to start pouring some more sidewalk tomorrow (Thursday) morning,” said Chaplin. “They’ll probably get about 30 feet tomorrow morning and maybe another 30 feet tomorrow afternoon.”
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 additional $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