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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Public meeting planned on Mark Twain Avenue changes

  • Major changes have been proposed along Hannibal’s Mark Twain Avenue in 2015. To explain those improvements and to secure public input the Missouri Department of Transportation and city of Hannibal have scheduled a public meeting on Tuesday, May 6.
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  • Major changes have been proposed along Hannibal’s Mark Twain Avenue in 2015. To explain those improvements and to secure public input the Missouri Department of Transportation and city of Hannibal have scheduled a public meeting on Tuesday, May 6.
    The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., prior to the Hannibal City Council meeting.  The meeting will be held in the lobby of City Hall, 302 Broadway, until 7:30 p.m. and will be an open-house style meeting, so no formal presentation will be made. Those interested are encouraged to come any time between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Several representatives from MoDOT and the city will be available to answer questions at the public meeting.
    The planned work will actually extend down Mark Twain Avenue and along Missouri 79/Third Street to Stowell Elementary School on the city’s South Side. The road’s surface along that corridor will be resurfaced, except for the viaduct.
    The most dramatic change the project could bring about is the reduction of Mark Twain Avenue from five to three lanes from the overpass at I-72 to the Hannibal Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
    "We think the change from a five-lane section that serves motor vehicles to a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly configuration best meets the needs of the community going forward, yet we are open to other ideas," said MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner, in a MoDOT release regarding the upcoming meeting. “We would like to hear the thoughts of those who use this road before any decisions are finalized.”
    The project, which according to Haeffner is still in the design phase, would also feature the addition of bicycle lanes on either side and sidewalk improvements.
    Haeffner indicated Tuesday afternoon that the only definite aspects of the proposed project is the re-paving of the driving surface and the re-construction of sidewalks. All other features of the project, including the reduction of lanes, won’t be finalized until after public input is secured, said Haeffner.
    Mark Rees, city engineer, believes the five-lane configuration is no longer necessary “without a bridge feeding 40,000 cars a day” onto Mark Twain Avenue.
    “I think three lanes will be fine. I think it’s going to be a great project,” said Rees.
    All displays available at next month’s meeting will be online beginning Tuesday, May 6, at www.modot.org/northeast, or those interested can call 573-248-2490 for customer service to get more information.

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