The removing of the old street surface and repaving of North Main could begin this month, according to Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city of Hannibal.
“I’ll say within four of five weeks we’ll start paving downtown here,” said Chaplin in late August. “It looks like after we finish (sidewalk installation) in the 200 block, and the intersection of Center and Main with the storm sewer, they’re going to go ahead and get these guys moving on North Main and remove that road (surface).”
The paving work will likely begin shortly after the installation of new sidewalk has wrapped up on the east side in the 200 block of North Main. Work on the east side of the street is progressing.
“It will go quick. As fast as we went on the west side in this block, we’re going to go just as fast on the east side,” he said.
Helping speed the project along is the fact the intersection of Center and North Main won’t have to be completely dug out, as was the case at Bird and North Main where a new drainage system had to be installed.
“We’re not going to have the extreme tear out like we did in the first block,” said Chaplin.
The paving work will likely begin at North Street and North Main, where approximately 185 feet of the roadway will be completely removed. The new street surface will be slightly lower.
Chaplin acknowledges that the paving crew will catch up with the workers who are installing the sidewalk in the 100 block of North Main. The paving of the street in the 100 block of North Main will be delayed until the sidewalk installation is completed in that area.
Since South Main is also being repaved, it was suggested earlier this year that the paving crew might work through the 200 block of North Main, then jump over and resurface South Main, before finishing up in the 100 block of North Main.
Chaplin’s goal is to have as much of the project completed as possible by the last major downtown event of 2013.
“I want to get it ready for Folklife,” he said. “By that time we want to get things buttoned up, trees planted and asphalt going and make this place look really nice and let everybody know what the finished product is going to look like. I think this is going to bring in a lot of people, especially when word gets out how beautiful the downtown is. Next year will be even bigger.”