The process of constructing the new Ely Street bridge in Hannibal is scheduled to begin Monday, June 15, according to Brian Chaplin, Public Works superintendent.

The process of constructing the new Ely Street bridge in Hannibal is scheduled to begin Monday, June 15, according to Brian Chaplin, Public Works superintendent.

“I’m looking at a window from start to finish of around 10 to 12 working days,” he said.

The project’s initial phase — delivery of the new bridge’s pieces — occurred bright and early on June 8. Street Department personnel unloaded two tractor-trailers filled with bridge pieces.

Sunday night’s heavy rain left a muddy mess the field adjacent to Ely Street in which the bridge parts were to have been unloaded Monday. Initially the pieces were unloaded onto railroad ties in an area next to the dog park.

Chaplin said that rock will be hauled in and spread over a portion of the field to provide a firm area in which to construct the bridge.

Chaplin still plans on using Street Department personnel to put the bridge together, even if it means pulling city workers off the D’Ville storm water project in western Hannibal.

“It will be all hands on deck with this,” he said. “As quickly as we can get this bridge erected and the other one removed, that’s what I want. We’re going to get it done and behind us. If I have to burn a week, I’ve got to put everything off (on D’Ville) for a week.”

Chaplin stressed that erection of the new bridge will commence before Bleigh Construction removes the old Ely Street structure.

“We’ll have to do a little bit of prep work with the abutments on the concrete the old bridge is sitting on now so it will be ready to set the new bridge on,” he said.

Removal of the old bridge won’t begin until after June 20 so it will not interfere with Kids in Motion’s Color in Motion 5K fun run/walk. The event had been scheduled for April 25, but was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled to Saturday, June 20.

Because the 5K’s course will take it over the Ely Street bridge, Chaplin didn’t want to leave event organizers in a lurch by not having something for participants to cross.

“The window is really tight there for me. I’d hate to have this bridge removed and not be able to cross Bear Creek,” he said. “I want this event to go on. That’s why we’re postponing it (bridge removal) until we get this event over with.”

The new structure will feature an 18-foot bridge deck, plus an 8-foot bike and pedestrian walkway.

On May 5, the City Council approved paying Acrow Bridge Company $182,049.10 for the new span. Removal of the existing bridge will cost an additional $12, 207.

The current Ely Street bridge, which is 105 years old, has been closed since late February due to extensive rusting.