WHAT IS IT? Bleigh Construction crew members work on the lower drive area, conduct site preparation for future welcome center on Tuesday, Dec. 4

Morning snowflakes didn't slow down progress at the site of the forthcoming welcome center for the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau (HVCB) on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Crew members with Bleigh Construction worked on the lower drive area and site preparation tasks on Tuesday. The forthcoming welcome center will be near the Hannibal Aquatic Center, overlooking Mark Twain Ave. and I-72. Gail Bryant, director of the HCVB, said the new welcome center is slated to open in late summer 2019 — amid Hannibal's bicentennial year.

“It's exciting with Bleigh working outside today in the snow,” she said.

Bryant said she isn't the only one feeling excited about the progress for the new welcome center — community members have been sharing feedback about how they look forward to the center and its new location. She thanked Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department, tourism partners and other local organizations for working together to make the project a reality.