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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Crosswalk installation on Main Street ahead of schedule

  • Just over two weeks ago, Bleigh Construction personnel began installing decorative crosswalks along North Main. As of Tuesday four of the walkways that feature a stamped, red brick pattern, have been installed.
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  • Just over two weeks ago, Bleigh Construction personnel began installing decorative crosswalks along North Main. As of Tuesday four of the walkways that feature a stamped, red brick pattern, have been installed.
    One crosswalk was installed at North Street. Three others were added at Hill Street. On Monday, work began at Bird Street.
    “Hopefully by the end of the week we’ll have four more in,” said Brian Chaplin, city project manager.
    Initially it was announced that after the initial crosswalk was installed at North and Main the project would jump to Broadway and Main. That game plan was scrapped, according to Chaplin.
    “We really didn’t know how long it was going to take for each one. Once we found out how quickly they’re actually going in we thought, ‘Let’s go block by block and get them in. Let’s keep moving as fast as we can.’ I know these downtown merchants don’t want to see their streets closed any more. We’re just trying to move this project along as quickly as we can and get it buttoned up.”
    Chaplin admits being surprised at how quickly the new crosswalks are going in.
    “I would actually say I thought it would take twice as long as it took them to put one in, not knowing what I know now. I’m excited it’s going quicker than I thought,” he said.
    It is hoped that the crosswalks will all be installed by the Twain on Main Festival on May 24 and 25.
    “That’s our goal,” said Chaplin. “We’ll be really close.”
    Chaplin’s desire to see the project wrapped up by the end of May is about more than just convenience.
    “As many people as are going to be down here for Twain on Main, I really want to show them what kind of product this is, what it looks like and how it’s really changed the look of downtown. I think everybody will be real excited to see how these crosswalks really do that and how nice they look,” he said.
    Initial response to the new crosswalks has been positive, according to Chaplin.
    “I’ve heard a lot of feedback already from people commenting about how beautiful the downtown is,” he said. “Those are the comments I like to hear and Hannibal deserves. It was a long time coming for this project. I’m just glad to hear people being positive about the downtown and the way it looks.”
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