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Push-back against Jackson roundabout proposal

Posted at 4:55 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 11:17:52-04

JACKSON, Mich. — A proposal to build a roundabout at an intersection in Jackson is causing some push-back.

Some are calling it the right idea with the wrong plan.

"That means that they're going to have to tear up a whole lot to do that," Jackson resident Richard Richardson said.

City officials have a new vision for Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in Jackson, but part of that picture is cloudy for some residents.

"It's not worth it."

Many residents disagree with the city's plan to revitalize Martin Luther King Junior Drive and it comes with a $95,000 price tag.

"For that much money i don't think they should of spent that for that kind of construction," Jackson resident Eugene England said.

Property, recently purchased by the city of Jackson, sits on the corner of MLK and Morrell street, and there are plans to tear the building down and reconstruct the intersection into a roundabout.

"When you slow down the area uh with obstruction such as a roundabout people are not going to be speeding through here so that's seen as a crime deterrent," Jackson Public Information Officer Aaron Dimick said.

But not everyone is seeing it that way.

"There's too many kids crossing this street to have a roundabout," Devoncia Morris, a Jackson resident, said.

"I don't feel that Morrell and MLK are busy enough to need a roundabout and honestly I don't see, I think it's going to hurt traffic more than anything," England said.

The roundabout project is expected to start sometime next year .

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