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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Traffic calming measures considered for Pleasant Street

  • A preliminary analysis regarding the use of traffic-calming measures on Pleasant Street, from Country Club to McMaster’s Avenue, will be undertaken at city hall after complaints of speeding on the busy thoroughfare were made to the Hannibal Police Department.
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  • A preliminary analysis regarding the use of traffic-calming measures on Pleasant Street, from Country Club to McMaster’s Avenue, will be undertaken at city hall after complaints of speeding on the busy thoroughfare were made to the Hannibal Police Department.
    Lt. John Zerbonia told the Traffic Committee Thursday morning that an email from Justin Janes had been submitted expressing concern that some motorists were driving in excess of 40 mph on the street, which has a posted speed limit of 30 mph. The email suggested the excessive speeds could contribute to traffic accidents. Janes asked for more police patrols and a reduction in the speed limit.
    Zerbonia told the committee that HPD officers are already regularly on Pleasant, noting that during 2013 a total of 74 citations were written for a variety of offenses along that street.
    Pleasant Street has not been a hot bed of traffic accidents. In 2012 and 2013, a total of seven accidents were worked by HPD on Pleasant. According to Zerbonia, in none of the mishaps was speeding a contributing factor.
    As for the percentage of drivers exceeding the posted speed limit, Zerbonia cited the findings of traffic studies conducted in 2010 and 2013. According to data from those studies, less than 1 percent of Pleasant Street drivers were topping 40 mph.
    The committee reviewed the seven approved criteria regarding traffic-calming measures. City Manager Jeff LaGarce said consideration may be warranted because Pleasant Street is a residential area and has a downhill slope.
    One of the guidelines that was not met dealt with excessive speed. Consideration for traffic-calming measures is warranted if 15 percent of motorists are at least 5 mph over the posted speed limit. Using that criteria, 4 percent of motorists heading downhill were going too fast while 3 percent of those driving uphill were at least 5 mph over the speed limit.
    City Engineer Mark Rees said Thursday afternoon that he will be analyzing how the city’s seven traffic-calming criteria apply to Pleasant Street.

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