City and neighborhood leaders mark the opening of Sixth Avenue west of its intersection with Seventh Avenue with a ribbon-slicing ceremony Friday in Marion. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
MARION — The new Sixth Avenue in Marion, a highway challenge more than a decade in the building, is now completely open to traffic.
The city held a ribbon chopping Friday morning to celebrate the opening of the highway that operates involving two roundabouts at Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street and at 26th Street, the previous Marion Iron web-site.
“This is likely just one of the most enjoyable assignments I can think of,” Neighborhood Enhancement Director and Acting City Supervisor Tom Treharne mentioned. “When I first arrived in Marion in 2001, one of the 1st issues was what we ended up heading to do with this and the Seventh Avenue corridor.”
The Central Corridor Approach was adopted in 2009 in an try to revitalize and redevelop the Uptown Marion spot.
A handful of yrs ahead of the plan was adopted, the city purchased the railroad ideal of way that is now Sixth Avenue.
“The dialogue at the time was to increase the chance,” Marion Mayor Nick AbouAssaly stated.
The approach was to make a road along the suitable of way so downtown targeted visitors would be well balanced between Sixth and Seventh avenues, producing a additional pedestrian-friendly Uptown.
In addition, attributes that when housed warehouses and sector were being removed and are now in a posture to develop into a mix of industrial