The process of giving Main Street in Hannibal a new driving surface is slated to begin on Monday, Oct. 7. But Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city, looks at this important step in cooking terms.
“We’re getting ready to ice this cake. The cake’s done. We’re just going to put a little icing on it,” he said with a laugh.
One of Chaplin’s big concerns is that too many people will want to check out how the “icing” is progressing.
“There’s going to be a lot of equipment and men down here. If you don’t have any business down here please just stay out. We just want to keep everybody (workers) moving,” he said.
The paving of Main Street will begin at North Street.
“We’ve got to fill that road in that we just took out. We’re going to fill it in with a 4-inch asphalt base. Then we’ll run through with a 2-inch overlay after we mill all these streets out and the side streets,” said Chaplin.
Once the paving begins, Chaplin looks for rapid progress.
“Once we get caught up on this milling area we’ll pull that paving machine right behind it. As we mill it out we’ll fill it right back up,” he said.
Because the sidewalk installation is not complete yet in the 100 block of North Main, the milling and paving will likely jump to the 100 block of South Main and push on to the flood gate at Warren Barrett.
“It will all be paved and most of the side streets will be paved also,” said Chaplin.
The big question is how long will the paving of Main Street take?
“Weather is a factor, but if we have great weather I’m going to say no more than five, six, seven days. It’s going to move right along,” said Chaplin.
It is anticipated that the installation of new sidewalk on the west side in the 100 block will wrap up by Friday, Oct. 4. At that point no new sidewalk installation will occur until after the Folklife Festival.
“We’re going to stop progress on the sidewalk as we get this west side done and jump over here on this park area (on North Main) where the Jake Beckley monument was and hopefully get that wrapped up and taken care of by Folklife. That way the Parks Department can get that dressed up by Folklife,” said Chaplin.
Page 2 of 2 - Chaplin wants the downtown looking as good as possible for the annual festival that’s coming up.
“Everybody is going to find out what a beautiful project this is going to be once they see this asphalt go down with these raised intersections. It’s really going to show what the project is going to look like when it’s done,” he said.