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Palmyra Road sidewalk construction to begin this Summer

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Hannibal residents living off Palmyra Road have been asking for a sidewalk for years and city officials said Monday they're just months away from installing one. 

Because of the MoDOT Safe Routes to School Program, there's enough money for construction to start on the North End of Palmyra Road.  Project Manager Brian Chaplin said he knows this isn't a safe place for kids to walk, which is why he says he's going to start construction as early as possible. 

"Honestly I wouldn't let my child walk on that path.  In my opinion, it is not a safe route home for many kids," said Hannibal Middle School Principal Blane Mundle.  

Mundle said he has about half a dozen students who use Palmyra Road to get home and despite there not being an incident yet, Mundle said there isn't a guarantee a student isn't going to get hurt. 

"Every day that goes by we are taking a chance with the safety of a child," he said.  

This isn't the first time people have been asking for a sidewalk on Palmyra Road.  Project Manager Brian Chaplin said he's been with the city for five years, and he's heard people talking about it since he first started.

"I'm going to say people who have been here for a long time, I'm going to say 20 to 30 years, it's been a long time coming. They've been waiting for this sidewalk to be on this road for years now," Chaplin said.  

Now in addition to putting sidewalks in on the North side of Palmyra Road, Chaplin also says he's going to install a street light here at this intersection. The reason is to make it safer for kids to cross the street. 

While Chaplin said the project shouldn't take too long, there are other factors that could make construction difficult.

"Traffic control. You know traffic control is going to be a major part of this. So I think that's going to be our stump to this. I mean the project itself, it's going to be easy enough. Textbook project, you know put sidewalks in but the traffic I think is where it's at," Chaplin said.

The cost of the project is around $250,000, and Chaplin said the sidewalk will extend all the way from behind the school to Riverview Park.   

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