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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Safety steps: Barricades installed at high school parking lot

  • The process to make leaving the south parking lot of Hannibal High School a much safer task took a big step forward Tuesday when concrete barricades were lined up, separating the parking lot from Brookside Drive.
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  • The process to make leaving the south parking lot of Hannibal High School a much safer task took a big step forward Tuesday when concrete barricades were lined up, separating the parking lot from Brookside Drive.
    Handling the installation were Missouri Department of Transportation personnel, plus a crane operator from Hannibal Crane Service.
    “We’ve been working with the school district for several months,” said Brian Haeffner, area engineer with MoDOT. “MoDOT is happy to work with the community to improve traffic flow.”
    Of primary concern to the school district is eliminating left-hand turns out of the parking lot onto McMaster’s Drive.
    According to Haeffner, a side benefit of the installation of the barricades is that it will stop motorists from cutting through the (high school) parking lot to avoid the stop sign on Brookside at McMaster’s.
    The barricades were being purchased by the school district from MoDOT.
    “They are an older design we can no longer use,” said Haeffner.
    The school district’s work on the parking lot is not complete. Rich Stilley, business manager for the school district, said Tuesday morning that smaller barricades, new signage and pavement striping also will be added in the coming weeks to help guide drivers onto northbound McMaster's Avenue.
    Meetings involving the school district, city of Hannibal and MoDOT took place for months in an effort to come up with a solution that will make conditions safer for motorists leaving the high school, particularly around the time classes dismiss.
    Even after coming up with a strategy, Stilley said in April it wouldn't have made sense to implement the changes late in the school year.
    "We felt it would be more prudent to wait,” he said. “That will give us the chance to reach out to district patrons and students and let them know how it will look."
    Stilley has said that once the school year begins it is likely that members of the school district staff will be stationed in the parking lot to "monitor" it and hopefully "lessen the number (of students) turning onto Brookside" Drive where a left turn onto McMaster's will still be permissible.
    Reportedly three traffic accidents involving students occurred at Brookside Drive and McMaster's during the past school year. According to MoDOT statistics, 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles go by the high school on McMaster’s daily.

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