As a longtime Marion resident, I have watched the community grow and been very pleased.
However, the new mini roundabout at 35th Street and 29th Avenue is troublesome. Being a roundabout neighbor, I watched the city purchase two residences on the corner at a premium price to build a standard-sized roundabout. Later the plans were scaled down to build a mini.
Daily I encounter this mini roundabout and see traffic congestion and disregard of right of way. Once out of the annoying circle, motorists speed down the street in disgust. The roundabout is so small the turns are very tight. Tire marks are over the median, center of the median and over the curb into the grass. Firetrucks and large vehicles struggle. Police cars with sirens blaring approach hoping motorists will yield.
A pedestrian crosswalk is installed on each of the four access points. As a walker, I notice yielding to pedestrians is rarely honored. The premium price land area owned by the city is a muddy, weedy eyesore and needs to be addressed. I want my neighborhood to look appealing. I want my neighborhood to be safe, without honking horns, congestion and speeding motorists.
Marion, please take note as I am not the only one who feels this way. Regrettably, perhaps the standard-size roundabout should have been installed.