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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Project progress: Work continues on downtown project

  • 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.
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  • 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
    While the majority of work on the downtown improvement project on Main Street has been completed, the project is not yet wrapped.
    Before the rain arrived Wednesday morning Bleigh Construction personnel were working on the area where new sidewalk will be installed at the intersection of South Main and Broadway, in front of the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce office.
    What’s next
    In addition to the handicapped accessible sidewalk corner at South Main and Broadway, similar sidewalk segments remain to be poured on the north and south sides of the street where Lyon Street meets South Main.
    Also yet to be done before the project can be called complete is the installation of decorative crosswalks.
    “We’re putting those in the plan this year,” said the city’s project manager, Brian Chaplin, last week. “If we get a week of warm weather we’re going to start putting them in. We’ll just kind of play it by ear with the weather. If we get good days we’ll take advantage of them and see if we can’t button this up before the first of the year.”   
     
    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 the middle of November.
    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
    @courierpost.com
    Phone (573) 248-2752
    Fax (573) 221-5800

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