Marion Looking to Improve Safety at Intersection

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By Katie Stinson

MARION, Iowa - Marion wants to improve safety at a dangerous intersection.

On Tuesday, police say a driver was hurt during a crash at the intersection of Highways 151 and 13. Officers say a school bus driver failed to yield before making a left turn, hitting another car. City leaders say that's a common problem at that intersection, especially with higher speeds on Highway 13.

The city manager says people think they have time to turn left, but they actually don't. That's why they want to change the traffic signals by this summer.

"We are going to change it to go to, from what's called a permissive left, which is what it is right now -- where you can go really when there's no on-coming traffic or you deem that it's safe -- to a protected left so you'll only be able to turn when the traffic on the other side is stopped," Marion City Manager Lon Pluckhahn said.



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