Following a two-week break Hannibal's massive repaving program to ramp back up.
Following a two-week hiatus, Hannibal's multi-million dollar street improvement project is set to ramp back up.
“They'll be back within the new few days,” said Brian Chaplin, Public Works superintendent, referring to the project's contractor, Chester Bross Construction.
According to Chaplin, the break came at a good time for both the contractor and city.
“It worked out well with them (Bross) because they had another job on a highway,” he said. “We just let the town have its weekend with the Fourth stuff going on. We didn't want a whole lot of (asphalting) equipment running and (asphalt-hauling) trucks running with tourists trying to get into town. We took the 10 days, two weeks off and we're regrouping right now. We're going to get back into it and probably won't stop until October, or maybe later.”
Chaplin is pleased with what was accomplished before the break.
“I just think this is going surprisingly well,” he said. “I think we could be a little ahead of schedule.
“I really sweated this project. It's one of the biggest projects this city has seen. It's going very, very well. That's what I'm more excited about, the way it is going.”
When asked about the project's progress, Chaplin doesn't measure it in terms of miles paved, but in terms of materials used.
“We've got about 8,000 tons (of asphalt) on the ground and that's not even counting how many square yards of milling we've done, getting the old asphalt out,” he said.
One of the most formidable streets undertaken thus far, according to Chaplin, has been Chestnut.
“We did some really big streets. Chestnut was a huge street we did. It turned out beautiful. We received a lot of great compliments on it,” he said.
Public feedback and its level of cooperation have been overwhelmingly positive thus far.
“Ninety-five percent of the people have been really cooperative,” reported Chaplin. “Then we've got that 5 percent that still like to give us grief about paving, moving their vehicle and why we're doing this. If I didn't do their street then the next day they'd be calling, 'How come you're not doing my street?'”
One aspect of the project that is putting a smile on Chaplin's face is the fact that not as much tonnage of asphalt is being needed on streets as had been anticipated.
“We're actually under-running every day,” he said. “We measured them heavy because there's so many unknowns that's under these streets. If we didn't (estimate high) and over-ran then we'd get less streets done, but we're under-running sometimes maybe 200 tons a day and that's so exciting. It's huge. We're going to accumulate those tonnages and add streets (to the project) as we go.”
Areas for milling and/or paving have already been designated once work resumes.
“We'll still be in the Chestnut area,” said Chaplin. “We've got huge streets like Market that are going to be done. There's also two pieces on Broadway, from Main to Third and Third to Fourth, that we're going to mill out and re-do.
“We're just going to keep going.”
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