HANNIBAL - After receiving significant public feedback on the improvements to be made on Mark Twain Avenue in Hannibal, MoDOT will begin design work to keep the road at five lanes. "This section of road is due for resurfacing, yet we wanted to see if there was interest in making other improvements at the same time," explained MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner. All lanes will be resurfaced from just south of Grand Avenue to Stowell School on MO 79, and includes parking spaces along Third Street. Other improvements include upgrading the sidewalk on the south (bluff) side and making the road pedestrian/bicycle friendly. The resurfacing project is slated to begin in the summer of 2015 at an estimated cost of $1.2 million.
"We appreciate the interest in this project and were glad to have public input to help us make the decision," Haeffner said.
The existing pavement will be removed and replaced with a new asphalt surface. This resurfacing does not include the Third Street Overpass, or viaduct. "The viaduct is in good shape and is not in need of improvements at this time," Haeffner explained.
Resurfacing and striping the parking spaces along Third Street are included in the project and will be funded by the City of Hannibal.
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