A request to place speed bumps along Pioneer Trail in Hannibal apparently does not have full support in the neighborhood.

A request to place speed bumps along Pioneer Trail in Hannibal apparently does not have full support in the neighborhood.

In August, Bill King, a resident of the neighborhood, approached the Hannibal Traffic Committee, asking for speed bumps to be installed as a deterrent for motorists that he said regularly roll through the stop signs located where Pioneer Trail comes to a “T.”

“Drivers are continuously blowing through the stop signs,” said King, noting the problem is especially bad as vehicles come east on the roadway. “We hear the screech of tires all the time. It’s ridiculous.”

King presented a petition to the Committee that contained approximately a dozen names of people who live near where the stop signs are located. King, who has lived in the neighborhood for 11 years, added he was confident he could come up with “100 or more names.”

During last month’s Traffic Committee meeting, Lt. John Zerbonia reported that during the process of conducting a traffic study in the neighborhood he was approached by some residents who did not support the speed bump proposal.

“Some said it was not a problem,” said Zerbonia.

Mark Rees, city engineer, suggested it would be a good idea for those not wanting anything to deter motorists to put together a petition of their own.

The city plans to host a meeting for residents of the neighborhood to come and voice their sentiments. At last check that meeting had not been scheduled.

In August, it was acknowledged that traffic from Highway MM to West Ely Road has picked up on Pioneer Trail since the West Ely street project wrapped up a few years ago.

The results of the October traffic study confirmed that it is a popular route. During the police’s two-day study, 275 vehicles were recorded by the traffic trailer going in one direction while 683 were moving in the opposite direction. Zerbonia reported that the volume of traffic was greatest between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Of those approximately 950 vehicles, most were going below the posted 25 mph speed limit in the neighborhood, according to Zerbonia.

HPD accident statistics for the area showed only three mishaps occurring in the last few years and none of them were speed related, said Zerbonia.

In August, Mark Rees, city engineer, said he was not opposed to having speed tables in a residential neighborhood. However, after hearing the volume of traffic that passes through the neighborhood, Mark Rees, city engineer, called it a “collector” road. He added that he “hated” putting any sort of speed tables on a collector road.