Greenwood city, business and community leaders are celebrating the completion of a $17 million, eight-year project. Mayor Mark Myers says the Worthsville Road project will ease traffic congestion, improve interstate access and attract new business to the area.
The project, which began in 2008, provides a four-lane road stretching from I-65 to U.S. 31 with no stops. There are also multi-path trails on the north and south sides of the road, as well as minimal lighting which the city says will preserve the area’s rural atmosphere. The corridor is designed to provide improved access to White River Township, I-65, I-74 and eventually I-69.
In a release, Myers said, "The completion of Worthsville Road eases traffic congestion throughout the city and particularly downtown. "We’re also providing area businesses, including Endress+Hauser and Nachi, two of the City’s largest employers, improved access to both I-65 and U.S. 31. We’ve created an immediate benefit for residents and visitors while also improving future economic development potential. It’s a win-win for Greenwood."
Johnson County is planning to do additional work in the area, extending Worthsville road to connect with Fairland Road and I-74 to the east and west, as well as a planned interchange for the proposed I-69 extension.