The signal on Missouri Route 79, also known as Third St. in Hannibal, and at the intersection of Center St., will be covered in the upcoming days by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

The signal on Missouri Route 79, also known as Third St. in Hannibal, and at the intersection of Center St., will be covered in the upcoming days by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

After a traffic study showed a change in traffic volume, MoDOT changed the lights to flash. “We have heard the flashing can be confusing to drivers, so we are moving to the next step of evaluating the need for the signals by covering them up and relying on the stop signs on Center Street,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner, P.E.

Members of Hannibal's Traffic Committee discussed the intersection and flashing lights during an Thursday, Aug. 10 meeting. The committee members noted that some motorists and pedestrians expressed their opinions about the changes prior to the meeting. MoDOT officials will continue to evaluate the intersection and coordinate with the city to determine what the next steps will be.

The signals at this intersection were installed in the 1940s.

Please remember to always use caution when driving and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions.