Skip to Content

Progress moving along on Hannibal Riverfront project

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00
Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

HANNIBAL (WGEM) -- If you haven't seen the Hannibal riverfront recently, significant progress has been made by construction crews on the riverfront project, originally supposed to be completed last fall that has faced numerous delays due to flooding over the past year.

On the riverfront crews said with the water low they've been able to put in work on the marina and storm water systems and much more.

It all has downtown attractions excited for the future.

"We're really excited about the riverfront and all the development that's going on downtown here in Hannibal," said Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Marketing and Community Relations Manager Melissa Cummins.

She said businesses and attractions alike are excited at the prospect of a completed riverfront project.

"With the new riverfront it's going to allow two boats, riverboat cruises, to dock here," said Cummins, "they bring so much economy to the downtown area."

"We've had pretty good weather, project have moved right along with very minimal delays," said Bleigh Construction Site Supervisor Jon Snodgrass.

He said that progress shows in a lot of different ways.
"We're working on side walks out by the riverfront and down the edge, all the sidewalks are complete on the south end of the marina area," said Snodgrass.

He said things are still on pace for people to be able to possibly begin using some parts of the riverfront by the end of October.

"By the end of the week we're hoping to have the pavement done up by center street and start on the pavement here at the boat ramps," said Snodgrass.

Cummins said even though the project has faced a lot of difficulties due to flooding, she's still optimistic it'll be a big draw when it's completed.

"There have been delays with the projects but they've moved along quickly in the past few months," said Cummins.

She said they're hoping visitors from the new riverfront could help them make up for the loss in visitors from last year due to COVID-19, as it'll offer more opportunities for cruise ships to dock.

"Not only do we have the American Cruise Lines and Short Excursions Cruise Line, but we'll also be adding to that with the Viking Cruise Lines," said Cummins listing the different cruises scheduled to visit next year.

In the past Bleigh Construction crews have said the goal for completion is sometime in November.

Funding for the project came from $6.6 million worth on bonds the city sold to pay for both the riverfront and new convention and visitors bureau building which also has yet to be opened to the public.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

Skip to content