Just such a possibility was on Thursday morning’s agenda of the Hannibal Traffic Committee, whose members were going to be asked to consider endorsing a recommendation that would limit traffic to one direction on the north-south running North Main Street.

Center, Bird, Lyon and Church streets are all examples of busy one-way thoroughfares in downtown Hannibal. Are motorists in America’s Hometown ready for another street whose traffic only flows in one direction?

Just such a possibility was on Thursday morning’s agenda of the Hannibal Traffic Committee, whose members were going to be asked to consider endorsing a recommendation that would limit traffic to one direction on the north-south running North Main Street.

As it turned out the committee, which meets sporadically as traffic-related issues arise, did not have to make a decision on that issue as the individual making the request asked that the matter be tabled because he had to be out of state on a personal matter.

While specifics regarding the downtown business owner’s proposal were not available, according to Edie Price, who chaired Thursday’s meeting in council chambers at city hall, the agenda item not only specified making Main Street one way, it also proposed altering the parking slots from the current parallel style to angled. It was suggested that by angling the parking more parking spaces would be created in the historic district.

One committee member noted that over time the proposal has changed. At one point it was suggested having angled parking on one side of the street with parallel parking on the opposite side of the one-way street.

While it is not known if traffic would flow north or south under the proposal, committee member Rich Dauma of the street department indicated that the one-way designation would extend from Broadway to North Street.

City Manager Jeff LaGarce, who is a member of the committee, stressed that before the committee takes any action on the request he would ask for the individual seeking the change to conduct a survey of property owners along the impacted corridor. Such a survey was conducted a few years ago before North Main Street was redone.

While committee member Susan Osterhout of code enforcement said she would not be looking for perfect consensus among the property owners regarding the request, “98 percent” support would be a definite sign of support.

The traffic committee consists of at least one representative from the department of public works, street department, police department, fire department, code enforcement and executive staff.

Requests which are approved are forwarded to the city council for final consideration.

One-way traffic is not unprecedented in the historic district. In December 2015 the traffic committee unanimously approved making two alleys one way. Following council approval in 2016, the alley east of North Main Street, running from Center Street to North Street, became one way going north. At the same time the alley between North Main Street and Third Street, extending from Broadway to Hill Street, became one way in a southerly direction.

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com