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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Illegal parking plagues downtown construction zone

  • Despite the fact large message signs were flashing that parking is currently not allowed in the 200 block of North Main Street in Hannibal, Brian Chaplin spent a portion of his Monday morning trying to stop people from parking in the downtown construction zone. The problem was not unique to Monday.
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  • Despite the fact large message signs were flashing that parking is currently not allowed in the 200 block of North Main Street in Hannibal, Brian Chaplin spent a portion of his Monday morning trying to stop people from parking in the downtown construction zone. The problem was not unique to Monday.
    “Saturday it was plum full of people,” said Chaplin, project manager for the city. “I heard about it (Saturday’s parking issues) first thing this morning.”
    According to Chaplin, by prohibiting parking, it allows two-way traffic to continue to flow through the area. On Saturday morning, because the east side of North Main Street was full of parked vehicles, traffic was reduced to one lane in the 200 block.
    “These 10-foot by 10-foot signs, they’re not really working,” he said. “We’re going to throw a couple of no parking signs up on the curb just to get people to stop parking there. If it doesn’t work then we’ll do something different. I’m not sure yet, but we’ll do something different. Maybe we’ll just block the whole road off if we have to, but we don’t want to block it. I know we closed down the 300 block, but we don’t want to do that with the next (200) block. We want to keep it open and let people pass through.”
    If the signs put up Monday don’t stop the illegal parking, Chaplin may make a call to the Police Department.
    “That might be my next step if these signs don’t work,” he said. “If they can’t read those (no parking signs) I don’t feel sorry for them. It’s a construction zone. Cones are up, lights are flashing.”
    Work zone safety is a major concern for Chaplin.
    “It’s a construction zone and I’ll be honest with you, people like to gawk, people like to look. We want to keep on with construction hopefully without any accidents,” he said. “Just let us get our job done, get out and go to the next block, and make this a successful project.”
     
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