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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Stardust to open minus ‘speed tables’

  • The city of Hannibal intends to open the newest section of Stardust Drive on Monday, following a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony near the intersection of Stardust and Veterans Road.
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  • The city of Hannibal intends to open the newest section of Stardust Drive on Monday, following a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony near the intersection of Stardust and Veterans Road.
    While the roadway is ready for traffic, it will lack the much discussed devices - flat-topped speed humps – that are intended to slow traffic.
    “We’ve still got to go back to the drawing board on exactly where we want to put them and how many we want to put in,” said Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city. “That’s something we’ll take up with the Traffic (Committee) at our next meeting and I think we can come up with a decision then.”
    The lack of speed tables doesn’t worry Police Chief Lyndell Davis.
    “We’ve dealt with that situation on Stardust without those (speed tables) up until this point,” he said. “Obviously with the winter weather coming on the implementation of those might be delayed until spring. I do believe that they’re still being considered, but in the meantime we’ll just have to rely on a police presence and cooperation from the public. We’ll keep the area managed as best we can.”
    While not considered a “traffic calming” measure, stop signs in all four directions have been installed on Stardust at Clover Road and Head Lane.
    “It was in the plans to have both streets as a four-way (stop),” said Chaplin. “Hopefully everybody will get adjusted to that since it’s a four-way (stop) now.”
    HPD officers will be keeping an eye on the areas where the traffic flow has changed.
    “The new intersections that have been created by the expansion of Stardust are something that we’re going to monitor particularly closely the first few weeks to allow people to adjust,” he said.
    According to Davis, steps have been taken to make motorists aware of the new stop signs.
    “Not only has the Street Department put up signs, they’ve also painted white lines on the street to help people become aware that they are encountering an intersection,” he said.
    When patrolling the area, officers won’t just be focused on the new stretch of pavement or the intersections.
    “We’re going to try to have a presence there on the new part of Stardust as well as in the residential area so that people comply with the speed (limits),” he said. “I know there has been significant concern in the past from the residents who live on Stardust about the vehicle traffic going by and speeding in that area. That’s why we’ve had an increased presence there for a couple of years.”
    Page 2 of 2 - When the city does begin installing speed tables, they will be similar to the one put in late this summer on Maple Street, between Church Street and Broadway, by Holy Family School.
    Chaplin believes when the tables are installed on Stardust they will be accepted.
    “When we put them in some people are going to frown at them, but it’s like anything, they’re going to get used to them and it will help. It will definitely help,” he said.
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