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Old 02-24-2014, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Oh look...the schematic rendering of the project features a rotary intersection. Two are planned for the entire project. Are they currently in use anywhere in Iowa?
It looks as though the scrap yard relocation/road realigment project has the potential to bring a new focus on development in that east side area of Marion.

http://http://www.corridorbusiness.c...ty-a-new-look/
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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I don't know of anywhere else in Iowa that has a rotary intersection. This is certainly good news for Marion ... that area has been such an eyesore.

I couldn't access your link, but found the article. Not sure if it's just my computer.

Marion Iron relocation to give city a new look | Corridor Business Journal
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Sorry about that! The link was indeed blank. My work computer lays a gremlin on me rather regularly when sending links to CD. But you found it & supplied it so thanks!
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Oh look...the schematic rendering of the project features a rotary intersection. Two are planned for the entire project. Are they currently in use anywhere in Iowa?
Ottumwa has a roundabout. Every time I use it I say "Hey, look kids! There's Big Ben, and there's Parliament!"
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:15 PM
 
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I don't know of anywhere else in Iowa that has a rotary intersection. This is certainly good news for Marion ... that area has been such an eyesore.

I couldn't access your link, but found the article. Not sure if it's just my computer.

Marion Iron relocation to give city a new look | Corridor Business Journal
There is a round-about in Marion not far from Linn-Marr High School
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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You are in the Twin Cities I assume. Are there rotaries in use up there?
We have a small but growing number of them down here in metro Atlanta but they are tiny in size as compared to some that I've seen in the UK.
By the way, you do know a lot about Iowa. Did you live there at some point?
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:23 AM
 
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Golfgal
You are in the Twin Cities I assume. Are there rotaries in use up there?
We have a small but growing number of them down here in metro Atlanta but they are tiny in size as compared to some that I've seen in the UK.
By the way, you do know a lot about Iowa. Did you live there at some point?
There are a growing number of rotaries (roundabouts) in MN. I like them, they are more efficient. Off the top of my head I can probably think of 20 or so intersections that are roundabouts. As for knowing a lot about Iowa, I've been doing a lot of work in Iowa lately so splitting my time between MN and IA.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:07 PM
 
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There are two new roundabouts in Mount Vernon on Highway 30, just completed in November. One is fairly large, at the Highway 1 intersection.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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Not being the grammar police or harping on semantics, but a rotary and a roundabout are two different things. A rotary is a large diameter that generally has a space in the center for pedestrians, buildings, etc. There are not stop or yield signs, and the increase in traffic amount , multiple entries and exists and speed make them dangerous. A roundabout, which I'be utilized in Iowa cities before, is smaller and traffic entering must yield to traffic in the circle.
Roundabouts work well and make for a nice flow. A rotary in downtown Marion would be another matter. In the area described, one wouldn't even fit.
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