It is a project getting a lot of buzz all across Marion County. Six roundabouts are headed to the area. The first of six meetings was held on Sept. 20 and aimed to show people how their neighborhoods will be changing after construction is wrapped up.
Some are for them.
"There has been a lot of accidents, they definitely needed to do something, but I would not have thought about a roundabout," said resident Michael Smith.
Still, others could go either way.
"I am sort of neutral in many ways," said resident Ruth Arthur.
Regardless of how you feel about roundabouts, six of them are coming to Marion County. That is a done deal.
"Most of the intersections we are addressing through these projects are ones that people have been curious about or have wanted improvements made for quite some time," said Natalie Derrickson from the Department of Public Works.
In the first informational meeting, people who live near where these traffic circles are going, had the chance to ask questions and raise concerns. Michael Smith lives on German Church Road. He said a roundabout will only add to the problem.
"I just do not see how the traffic is going to react to it," said Smith. "It will line up down the road here often."
Some, like Deb Hardy, said roundabouts do work and they remind her of where she grew up.
"We have had them in Australia for so many years I guess I have grown up and I am used to driving on them," said Hardy. "It did not take any time at all. I think the residents here will be the same."
Others, like Ruth Arthur, are not sold on the idea yet.
"I am not totally convinced," said Arthur. "I would prefer a traffic signal, but the gentleman believes that going green is the stronger factor in this."
The Department of Public Works is hoping these informational meetings will get everyone in the same line as the project moves forward.
There will be five more roundabout meetings in Marion County leading up to the beginning of the work, set for German Church Road, in November of 2013.
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