Marion Residents Upset About Detour Traffic


By Matthew Searcy

 MARION -- Construction crews are doing a lot of work on main roads in Marion this summer and detour traffic is pushing onto side streets. 

"They fly up and down through the street, rev their engines and run off into our drives because they can't pass," said Cash Street resident Ashlee Mawdsley.  


Cash Street has become a busy detour, full of traffic, day and night.  


"We counted the other night," explained Mawdsley. "We sat outside and counted 18 cars in three minutes." 


Construction on nearby Morgan Ave and Russell Street has forced drivers to pass through the small neighborhood. Neighbors say the road is unequipped to handle extra traffic. 


"We've had semi's, crane operating trucks that have to come off into our roads and it makes it very dangerous for our children," explained Mawdsley.   


"When they go by they are almost in the ditches if they go by each other side by side," said Cash Street resident Sandra Jordan.  "This has become a main street here. And really it should be a side street."


No accidents have been reported since the detour went into effect but speeding is a problem. Local police have patrolled the area to help slow down traffic, but residents say it's still an issue.  


Mawdsley has taken her concerns to city leaders and wants the detour moved to a different street.  


"It's pretty much been a wait and see game," said Mawdsley. "So far we have not seen any relief and we just want some relief. We want to protect our kids."


City officials say they apologize for the inconvenience but the proper detour and caution signs are in place and crews are doing all they can to finish the project as soon as possible. The detour is expected to last another two months. 

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