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Downtown Obelisk to Move to New Riverside Roundabout

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SALISBURY, Md. - A historic monument in Salisbury's downtown plaza is on the move. A construction project will force the city to move the Fred Adkins Obelisk to a new location. 

Mayor Jake Day says the monument will be moved to the center of the new, soon-to-be built, roundabout at Riverside Drive.

"We're building the Main Street project right through there so it has to come out, along with everything else that's in Main Street today," Day says.

Some drivers say having that monument in the roundabout may not have been the best idea.

"It seems to me the roundabout is going to require 100% of the diver's attention and anything that's a distraction there is probably not a great idea in my mind," Richard Insley of Salisbury says. 

Day says the roundabout was not his first choice either, but he changed his mind with the help of a big group of community advocates who wanted to see the structure at Riverside. 

"I was convinced by the arguments that nothing should be in the center of the circle because that's a distraction to drivers but for many of us, we've traveled the world, we've traveled the country and seen that there are traffic circles everywhere and that there's virtually always something in the middle," Day says.

Day adds that they haven't seen any evidence to suggest putting something in the circle would cause accidents or traffic problems.

Some say moving the monument will help make it a more visible tribute to the business leaders it was dedicated to.

"I think that would be excellent because it's trapped here," Hank Ewing of Salisbury says. "It's doing nothing. Nobody really sees it. It would get more exposure down there and would make a good focal point."

The city says the obelisk will move in about four to five months, at the time the roundabout is expected to be ready and when construction is set to continue down the rest of Main Street. Day says the entire Main Street construction project is still expected to be finished by the end of 2020, with the intersection at Division Street opening soon and the entirety of Division Street opening in about three months.

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