Answers: Questions about truck stops, alley signs and riverboats

A statue of Mark Twain is seen next to the American Queen steamboat in Hannibal, Mo., in this 2012 file photo. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)
Posted: Dec. 7, 2012 5:28 pm Updated: Nov. 28, 2014 3:32 pm

Has it ever been suggested of having a truck stop and restaurant in Quincy? The idea would benefit truckers and the city by creating revenue and employment. The area of I-172 and Broadway would be an ideal location. Truckers would not have to go to West Quincy for fuel.

Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development for Quincy, said no property owner or developer has inquired about bringing a gas station/convenience store to the Broadway/I-172 Interchange.

Phil Conover, interim director of the Great River Economic Development Foundationn, said businesses in the truck stop industry and the people who run them are typically very proactive and are well-aware where high-traffic sites are.

"If they're interested, they'll hire a consulting firm to track traffic counts to see if the numbers justify doing the business," Conover said.

Conover said Quincy is home to more than 25 trucking companies and many truckers aren't driving past Quincy. Instead, they're either starting here or ending here.

"When you remove those truckers from the total traffic count in Quincy, the question is: Are there enough numbers of through traffic to justify it?" Conover said. "That's not to say there aren't a lot of trucks that don't go through here, and if the Macomb bypass gets done, that number definitely will increase."

Wal-Mart, at 52nd and Broadway, has a gas station about four blocks from the interstate and is open 24 hours a day.


I have a question concerning the alley between Broadway and Spring from 18th to 20th. It was posted with signs of one-way traffic for quite a few years, but the signs have been removed. Can I assume it's again one-way traffic?

City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp said the alley had been a one-way alley, westbound only, for many years until recently when 4th Ward Aldermen Mike Farha and Tony Sassen made a request to the Traffic Commission to review removing the one-way restriction and allowing two-way traffic. The Traffic Commission agreed with the request, and the City Council approved an ordinance to make the change at its June 4 meeting. The old signs have been removed, and normal two-way traffic is allowed in this alley.


I saw an article in The Herald-Whig about the American Queen riverboat stopping in Hannibal. Why can't Quincy get boats to stop here? The riverboats came to Quincy in the late 1940s and early 1950s and went on short cruises.

The American Queen is believed to be the largest river steamboat ever built. It was built in 1995 by McDermott Shipyard for the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. The American Queen has a capacity of 436 guests and a crew of 160. It was retired to a reserve fleet in Violet, La., in Nov. 2008, but its new owner, the American Queen Steamboat Co., put the steamboat back into action in this year. It began a season of three- to 10-night voyages out of a variety of homeports in the South and Midwest.

Michael Hicks, who handles press inquiries about the American Queen for Lou Hammond and Associates in New York, said in an email that the American Queen Steamboat Co. has been following the same itineraries and ports that the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. did when it had the American Queen in 1995. The schedule for 2013 already is confirmed, and multiple trips along the upper Mississippi River -- with stops in Hannnibal -- are planned from July to October. Hicks didn't say whether Quincy would be a stop in the future.


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