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New sidewalk plans for Hannibal's downtown

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If you've been in Hannibal's downtown area lately, you've probably noticed the sidewalk on Main Street is incomplete.

It's a sore subject for many business owners along the city's historic Main Street.

It's been ongoing for a long time, but work on a new sidewalk was halted last year when business owners said they didn't like the way things were going.

City engineer Mark Rees is rolling out a plan Monday night that he says he thinks everyone will agree on.

"We went back and redesigned the project. It took most of the winter. Now we're at the point where we'd like to roll that new design out to the public again," said Rees.

The original sidewalk plans included a two-level sidewalk that some business owners said could be dangerous. The newer one that will be unveiled at Monday night's meeting at city hall will be one level with some interesting twists.

Rees says the new plans won't cost the business any more money. Although, while he says it will cost a little more, the city will pick up the rest of that tab.

Rees says he hopes the new plans will strike a chord with everyone involved.

"We walk on the side of the street because it's not done yet and you can't walk on it yet," said Marisa Rubison, regarding the incomplete sidewalk that narrows in a construction zone right in front of The Loft where her mother works.

In addition to taking out the "step," there will be no handicap-accessible ramps. Instead the street level will rise to the sidewalk at the intersections.

And the sidewalks will be twelve feet wide along the West side of Main Street.

Rees says everyone involved in the area should come to the meeting Monday night.

"It's a chance to hear stuff that we're building," said Rees. "And if you hear stuff you like that's good as well if you hear stuff you don't like, it's a time to discuss it then."

Rees says he's seeking the public's approval before sending the final plans to MoDOT, but he says if all goes well Monday night, he thinks MoDOT will approve right away and he hopes to start construction back up this month.

He says he hopes the sidewalk can be complete by the Fourth of July, just in time for Hannibal's National Tom Sawyer Days celebration.

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