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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Project progress: Downtown project close to completion

  • 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.
    This week ADA-compliant ramps were poured - one and Third and Center, and three others on South Main Street.
    What’s next
    “We’re playing it day by day to see what this weather is going to do, but basically we’re winding down. We still have (decorative) crosswalks to do yet and a big masonry planter box to do, but the temperature has got to be up a little bit higher for that, like 45 or 50. Those things I think we’re going to have to wait until spring to finish up,” said the city’s project manager, Brian Chaplin.
    Is Chaplin upset the project isn’t completed?
    “I’m disappointed, but we did what we could,” he said. “Bleigh did what they could to get it done, but weather is a big factor. I’m absolutely pleased with how they’ve done this project.”  
     
    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
    It was estimated that much of the work would be completed by the middle of November, which was the case.
    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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