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After major road construction projects, Hannibal to slow it down

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

It's been a big summer for road work whether it's Stardust or Main Street.  And those are just the city projects, but once they're done that's it for a while.

Right now major road projects like this one on Main Street are some of the last the city will build for the next 5-8 years. After this, the Stardust Project, and work on Paris Avenue is finished, so are the year long projects, and money is a big reason why.

Randy Wells lives next door to the Stardust Drive Project. And he can't remember the last time this much construction was going on within the city..

"I'm pretty excited about getting it done.  Here in the last 2 or 3 years, I think it's been a lot more and like I said I think it's all for good," said Wells.  

City Engineer Mark Rees says once these major projects are finished, the city will focus on maintaining the roads. Something that hasn't done before in the past.

"Say a million dollar project, it would take three years at $300,000 a year to save up for a project like that, so that took away from some other maintenance activities," said Rees.  

But Rees doesn't want that to happen again. While it'll might take eight years for the city to pay back the money for major projects, Reese said city crews will be able to work on repairs, and it won't take as much time as bigger projects.

"It's a pretty fast process. Our street department can mobilize in the morning and have two or three streets paved by lunchtime," he said.  

And Wells says he's counting the days until the construction is finished near his home.

"When I first built the house 11 years ago, they said it would probably be within a year or two and I kept waiting on that time to come, but I'm pretty excited about it."

While the city says it won't continue any major projects, MoDOT still has the authority to have work done if officials there believe it's necessary.

Rees said he expects major construction projects to be finished by Thanksgiving of next year.

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