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      Sidewalks coming to Palmyra Road in Hannibal

      Work on Palmyra Road sidewalk project starts this spring in Hannibal.

      Another sidewalk project will soon get underway in Hannibal . This time along Palmyra Road.

      Once it's done, one of the most traveled areas of the city will be a lot safer.

      "I think it will be a load off of everybody's mind to be honest,"Hannibal Middle School Principal Blaine Mundle said.What Principal Mundle is talking about is the plan to add much needed sidewalks along the east side of Palmyra Road in Hannibal.

      The new sidewalks will extend from Pulliam behind the Middle School to RiverView Park .

      The project will be done in three phases according to Project Manager Brian Chaplin.

      "Our first phase of the project will start here at Pulliam Avenue and run all the way down to Luther Lane," Chaplin said.

      Luther Lane resident Terri Patterson welcomed news of the sidewalk project.

      "We're very close to Palmyra Road so we see those kids walking either in the street or very close to the street," Patterson said. "It looks dangerous to me. I'm not a safety expert but I think we've been safe so far that there's been no accidents."

      One of the big concerns are these sloping hillsides that make it even harder to walk safely.

      "Our plan is with those sloped areas, those high banks, is to put in a retaining wall, a nice brick retaining wall with a 6-foot wide sidewalk," Chaplin said.

      The entire cost of the first phase of the project will be paid for through a $250,000 Safe Routes to School grant from MoDOT .

      Principal Mundle is also glad to hear that this safety concern for his students will soon be taken care of.

      "It really makes you feel good that the state and the city of Hannibal are all coming together and they are all making our city and our community a safer place for our kids," Mundle said.

      The first phase of the project should start in April and last for about 120 days.

      City crews will complete the second phase later in the summer. And the third and final phase which will end at Riverview Park will be completed next year.