Marina docks have been removed

Hannibal's multimillion dollar riverfront renovation project, which officially began earlier this month, is progressing thus far, said Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department.

"They are moving along. Basically everything is going according to plan," said Dorian during last Thursday night's meeting of the Hannibal Park Board at city hall.

That doesn't mean a few surprises haven't already cropped up.

"There have been some minor change orders already, but we knew on a big project like this we were going to see those," Dorian said.

One of the change orders was needed after the removal of the Glascock shelter, which overlooked the Mississippi River. Beneath the shelter workers discovered what Dorian described as a "giant void." It took approximately 15 tons of sand to fill the hole, which added a couple of thousand dollars to the cost of the project, according to Dorian.

As work on the riverfront progresses more surprises will likely occur.

"When you start digging in the ground down there you never know what you're going to find," Dorian said.

The marina's boat docks have been removed. The covered docks and fuel dock remain for now.

"They are working around them right now, but at some time they will be floated out," Dorian said.

The Mark Twain Riverboat and its docking barge were relocated within the past week, opening the way for work to proceed that portion of the riverfront.

Canton Marine Towing has also been relocated for the winter to an area near the boat club.

Work on the $6.6 million riverfront project will include the repair of infrastructure problems, relocation of the marina and provide docking locations for two large riverboats, as well as the Mark Twain Riverboat and Canton Marine Towing. The renovation will also feature the creation of a riprap rock wall along the river, plus the addition of sidewalks, fencing, lighting, restroom handicap accessibility, new stormwater utilities and a large green space for events.

Completion of the riverfront renovation is anticipated by the fall of 2019.