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Why a Hannibal Expressway?

The Hannibal Expressway is part of the overall effort to improve the 520-mile “Avenue of the Saints” route so it will be free flowing with no stop signs or traffic signals from St. Paul, Minnesota to downtown St. Louis.  In addition, it will reduce congestion through Hannibal, improving the safety, efficiency, and convenience of the area’s road system.

What is Value Engineering?

Value Engineering (VE) is a proven, effective tool for both continuous improvement and design enhancement.  Value Engineering optimizes the allocation of limited funds without reducing the quality of a project.  A value engineering team with diverse backgrounds is assembled and the five phases of VE - Investigation, Speculation, Evaluation, Development, and Presentation - are used to guide the team through the process.

The VE process breaks components of a project into functions.  The functions for this project were safety, traffic operations/capacity, and system connectivity.  The team of experts then identifies solutions that will satisfy the functions and formulates the solutions into recommendations and the design team implements the valid recommendations into the design.

Value Engineering Study-1998

In 1998, a preliminary plan stage Value Engineering location study was performed and approved for the proposed Hannibal Expressway.  The location study area, which is approximately 10 miles in length, extended from the Route 24/61 interchange north of Hannibal to the intersection of Route 61 and Route M, approximately one mile south of the city limits of Hannibal. This study was constrained to maintain the freeway configuration (all access via interchanges) for the bypass that was part of the original Location Study/Environmental-Impact Statement.

Team members included:

  • Glenn Rice
    Senior Highway Designer
  • Tony Wieschhaus
    Senior Highway Designer
  • Debbie Malone
    Senior R/W Specialist
  • Jim Zeiger
    Transportation Planning Manager
  • Butch Mundle
    Maintenance Superintendent
  • Tim Redmond
    Liaison Engineer
  • Mike Shea
    Value Engineering Administrator

Value Engineering Study-2007

In August 2007, a second Value Engineering study was conducted for the proposed Hannibal Expressway.  Again, using the focus of safety, traffic operations/capacity & system connectivity, the team worked to improve the feasibility and lower the costs of the project.  The main difference with this study was that the constraints of the first study (e.g., maintaining freeway configuration) were relinquished. 

Team members included:

  • Tom Allen
    Value Engineering Administrator
  • Rick Domzalski
    Project Manager
  • Kevin James
    Area Engineer
  • Larry Ayres
    Senior Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Nathan Briggs
    Right of Way Manager
  • Brian Williams
    Technical Support Engineer
  • Glenn Rice
    Senior Engineering Professional
  • Jamie Page
    City Engineer (Hannibal)
  • Jack Cowden
    Senior Highway Designer
  • Shannon Kusilek
    District Planning Manager
  • Justin Wolf
    Transportation Project Designer

Recommendations and facts
from the 1998 VE Study

  • Redesign the north interchange to provide a standard diamond to access Route F.
    Map of North Baseline
  • Construct an east outer roadway between county roads 258 & 426.
  • Relocate the west outer roadway bridge over Route 36 further west of the proposed Route 36/61 interchange.
  • Shift the Route M interchange north to lessen impacts to existing improvements along Route M.
    Map of South Baseline
  • Right of Way needed – 688 acres
    • 473 acres of Prime Farmland
    • 135 acres of Statewide Important Farmland
    • 12 acres of Residential Land
    • 29 acres of Wooded Land
    • 39 acres miscellaneous

Recommendations and facts
from the 2007 VE study

  • Eliminate the proposed interchange for Route F northwest of the existing Route 24/61 interchange, and extend Route F as an outer roadway south to the sale barn.
  • Eliminate the outer roadway from the sale barn to Co. Rd. 426.
  • Eliminate the east outer roadway from Co. Rd. 258 to Co. Rd. 426.  Alternate access to the east would be provided by ramps near the Wither's Mill overpass.
  • Eliminate the interchange between Co. Rd. 258 and Co. Rd. 426.
  • Eliminate the overpass taking old Route 36 over the Expressway.  An alternate access will be provided to the Rocket area via a connection west.
    Map of Phase 3 Option
  • Realign the Ralls County section to tie back into Route 61 via an interchange north of Trabue Lane instead of south of Route M.  In Ralls County this new alignment would provide one at-grade intersection at Route HH/Big Creek Lane, and eliminate proposed overpasses at Big Creek Lane and Trabue Lane, and an interchange at Route HH.
  • Extend Trabue Lane as a backage road around the fireworks building, to maintain access to Route 61.
    Map of Trabue Lane Alternate
  • Complete the cloverleaf interchange at Route 36.
  • Provide access to the area around the Route 36 interchange via Co. Rd. 426, Old Rte 36 west and Old Route 36 east, closing off direct access from the Expressway.
  • Right of Way needed – 260 acres

Project Cost Based on
1998 VE Study

  • Estimated construction cost in 1998 was $65.3 million.
    The same project today would cost more than $100 million due to inflation.

Project Cost Based on
2007 VE Study

  • Estimated construction cost is $38 million.

Customer Feedback – August 2007

As a result of the 2007 VE Study being made public in August 2007, local residents and media expressed interest and concern in determining the exact location of the Hannibal Expressway due to increased development along the study corridor.  Because the location study was initiated nearly 15 years prior to 2007, MoDOT has agreed the area needed to be resurveyed and re-evaluated.  Since this project is not listed as a funded priority in Missouri, however, the area will not be resurveyed until funding becomes available.  It will cost approximately $30,000 to take the aerial photographs needed to survey the area, plus an additional $300,000 to translate the photogrammetric information into usable data for preliminary design plans.

 

What is Next?

The next step in this process is to re-evaluate the environmental impact statement, location study and resurvey the area.  To do this, MoDOT and its partners must work together to make this project a high priority in the state, which would offer better opportunity for funding.  During the process, MoDOT and its partners intend to work with and keep informed key stakeholders, including property owners who could be affected by this project.

 

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