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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Education regarding HHS parking lot to begin soon

  • The process of educating the public regarding how traffic will flow in and around the south parking lot at Hannibal High School will begin soon, according to Rich Stilley, business manager for the school district.
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  • The process of educating the public regarding how traffic will flow in and around the south parking lot at Hannibal High School will begin soon, according to Rich Stilley, business manager for the school district.
    “It will represent a major change on how to enter and exit the south parking lot,” he said.
    A video, showing students and their parents how to navigate the parking lot, is planned. It will be posted on the school website as well as on social media sites Facebook and Twitter, according to Stilley.
    In addition, the district phone notification system – SchoolReach – will be utilized to provide traffic flow information. The school district will also be utilizing the local media regarding coverage of the changes.
    “It will likely also be mentioned in the back-to-school letters that will be sent out,” said Stilley.
    Work on the parking lot was ongoing Thursday. The lot was being re-striped Thursday morning. Stilley reported to the Board of Education Wednesday night that the new parking configuration might actually create a couple of additional parking spots on the lot.
    Yet to be installed is new signage.
    In late June, concrete barricades were lined up, separating the parking lot from Brookside Drive. On Wednesday night it was mentioned that the barricades will be painted in the school colors, alternating in black and red. Stilley says an HHS class might be asked to undertake the painting project this fall.
    In addition to a coat of paint, the street side of the barricades will be fitted with reflectors.
    “They’ll be located in such a way that when you’re going west on Brookside you’ll be able to see it (wall of barricades),” said Stilley. “We want to make sure they’re obvious to the public.”
    All the changes are being made by the school district to eliminate left-hand turns out of the parkinglot onto McMaster's Avenue. Reportedly three traffic accidents involving students occurred at Brookside Drive and McMaster's during the past school year. According to Mo-DOT statistics, 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles go by the highschool on McMaster's daily.

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