Three sites on Stardust Drive in Hannibal have been identified where “speed tables” will be installed to slow down motorists. The locations, which were approved by the Traffic Committee Monday morning, will go before the City Council at its Feb. 5 meeting.
One of the flat-topped speed humps will be installed between Veterans Road and Clover Road. Table No. 2 will be put in between Head Lane and Lake Apollo Drive. The third will be placed between Rosewood Drive and Munger Lane.
The farthest west speed table will go on the new section of pavement which opened to motorists in early December. It will be placed near the bottom of a steep incline where “natural acceleration exceeds the speed limit,” wrote City Manager Jeff LaGarce in a memo to the committee.
Table No. 2 will be placed in a residential area, where concern over speeding has been voiced by residents in that neighborhood. It too will be placed on a downhill grade at the third home west of Lake Apollo Drive, which LaGarce calls a “perfect location that bears no impact on resident driveways.”
The third table will be located approximately midway down a hill between Rosewood Drive and Munger Lane, near the second of three “no parking” signs that is on Stardust in that area.
“Speed tables two and three are skewed toward the lower portions of their respective hills to protect residents at the bottom of those hills,” wrote LaGarce.
No time line was mentioned Monday as to when the tables will be put down across both lanes of Stardust.
While three speed tables will be added, none of the stop signs that were installed on Stardust at Clover Road and Head Lane will be removed.
Also not changing along Stardust will be its 25 mph speed limit, even though there is sentiment at city hall, on the Traffic Committee and at the Police Department to bump up the speed limit to 30 mph.
“If we receive objections to 25 mph over time, we can re-explore, but I’d rather leave matters alone,” wrote LaGarce. “Regardless, we believe speed limits should be consistent along all portions of Stardust to prevent motorist deception.”
Lt. John Zerbonia of the Police Department reported that thus far there has not really been a speeding problem on Stardust since the new section opened last month.