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Improving Intersection Safety

MARION, Iowa (CBS 2/ FOX 28)- The Marion city council approved a modification they hope will make driving a little safer for commutors.

Many Corridor residents use the intersection at Highway 151 and Highway 13. Last month, city officials approved a $8,000 contract with KWS Inc. of Cedar Falls to make a signal adjustment at the intersection.

Back in 2005, the city changed the stop signs to signal lights. Now, they want to help drivers make a safer left turn.

City officals say they want to reduce the number of car crashes that happen at the intersection.

"We have experience higher than normal left turn accidents like t-bones," Marion city engineer Dan Whitlow said.

According to police records, there have been 103 accidents since 2007. Seven of those accidents have happened this year. So far, none of those crashes have been fatal.

Officials say drivers who miscalculate the speed of oncoming traffic, make a left turn and they get hit.

"People are not anticipating how fast they are coming and they think they can make it and they don't," he said.

The change will only allow commutors to turn on a green arrow.

Monticello resident Elizabeth June drives through the intersection daily. She says she is glad the city is taking action to reduce accidents.

But she thinks drivers still won't follow the posted signs, "I don't think it makes a difference to be honest."

The city says crews will be out in the next 2 weeks and they expect the transition to be done by June 20, 2014.

"This may increase congestion a little bit but it will make it a safer intersection."

CBS2 News reached out to the Marion Police Department for comment but they were unable to speak with us.
 

 
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