The detour around the construction zone on West Ely Road in Hannibal is about to end, at least temporarily. Plans are to reopen the thoroughfare to traffic on Monday, Dec. 28, according to Kenny White, assistant to the city engineer.


The detour around the construction zone on West Ely Road in Hannibal is about to end, at least temporarily. Plans are to reopen the thoroughfare to traffic on Monday, Dec. 28, according to Kenny White, assistant to the city engineer.
“They had planned on opening it today (Tuesday), but that was a no go,” he said. “The temporary opening is now set for Monday morning.”
While no new concrete has been poured in recent weeks, the project’s contractor, Bleigh Construction, has been busy in the area installing stormwater pipe. That work was halted so that the Hannibal Board of Public Works could relocate a 6-inch water line another 1.5 feet lower.
“Bleigh got to the point where they couldn’t go any further,” said White.
While completion of the water line relocation is not expected to take long, Bleigh will not be doing any additional work along West Ely Road for approximately two weeks.
“They have got some other work to do,” said White.
While West Ely Road will be reopened, White stressed that motorists will have to take care at the point where the new pavement meets freshly poured gravel.
“It’s a pretty good transition. People will have to watch what they’re doing. They can’t be going 30 to 40 mph,” said White, adding that the speed limit in the area will likely be posted at 15 mph.
Before the road is opened, Bleigh Construction and the street department will be posting signs warning motorists about the pavement change ahead.
Work on West Ely Road began Sept. 21. The entire West Ely project is expected to be finished by the end of September 2010.