At one time, it was suggested the Main Street improvements would be done in clear-cut phases - infrastructure improvements, sidewalk installation and then the repaving of the street. According to Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city of Hannibal, multiple phases of work will soon be underway.
“In about six or seven weeks we’re going to go ahead and start paving,” he said, noting that the mill and overlay work will take place in areas where the new sidewalk has already been installed.
The work will begin at North Street, where 185 feet of the roadway will be completely removed. The new surface will be slightly lowered.
“That’s going to take some time,” said Chaplin.
Chaplin has the last major downtown event of 2013 in mind as the project’s pace picks up.
“If we can get from North Street to the 100 block paved, the trees put in and everything done by the Folklife Festival… I want this done as much as possible for that festival because it’s the last one of the year and it’s huge. I don’t want it to look ratty down there. I want people to enjoy the road and enjoy the sidewalk, and let everybody know what this project is going to look like,” he said.
To meet the October target, some unusual work schedules might be instituted.
“It might be an evening job,” said Chaplin. “That way the traffic is down, the vehicles are moved and we’re not disturbing a whole lot.”
Chaplin anticipates the paving will catch up with the sidewalk installation in the 100 block of North Main. But that won’t stop Bross Construction’s paving.
“We’re going to jump over the 100 block and do (repave) South Main,” he said. “We’ll do all the paving on Main Street that we have planned this year. That way we have that much done and we’d only have to focus on the 100 block if we have to go into next year.”
But having the project carry over into 2014 isn’t what Chaplin wants to see.
“Sidewalk-wise I think we’re on a good role and we’re going to get it completed,” he said. “We’d like to have everything done this year. We should have it done this year. That why I want to have it paved, from North Street to where we’re at in the 100 block, just in case something comes up.
“It’s going to be beautiful. Once you stand at North Street and look south it’s going to be a beautiful project.”