The city of Greenwood is getting set for a number of projects to "substantially improve and enhance life" in the city. Mayor Mark Myers has listed more than $21 million in capital and road construction projects to be completed this year.
Myers says the projects will focus on public safety, infrastructure, economic development and quality of life. Some of the projects, such as the downtown facade project, are already underway.
"We have a city that is healthy and growing, and we must work proactively to continue that trajectory," said Myers. "We must manage our resources to invest in the areas of need that matter most to Greenwood families and businesses."
The projects include:
- Four new police patrol vehicles
- Replacement of Fire Department Rescue 91 vehicle
- Replacement of Fire Department Engine 93 vehicle
- Emergency vehicle preemption technology installed in 37 traffic signals
- Conversion of four-way stop to traffic signal at Main Street and Graham Road
- Fry Road and SR 135 intersection improvements
- Sewer relining, extensions and replacements
- Taxiway rehabilitation at Greenwood Municipal Airport
- Drainage and stormwater infrastructure improvements at Greenwood Municipal Airport
- Purchase of downtown Greenwood Middle School property for future development
Quality of Life and Culture
- Façade improvements for downtown revitalization (Main Street and Madison Street)
- Greenwood Community Center remodel (first phase); facility to reopen in December 2016
- Freedom Springs Aquatic Park equipment and improvements
- New multi-use trail construction and connections
- New playground equipment at City Center Park
The city is also planning $2.25 million in pavement mill and overlay work. It says it provide frequent updates so commuters can adjust travel plans as needed. While there may be occasional lane restrictions, the city says no road closures are planned.
"We learned a lot with the increased amount of construction in the city last summer," said Mark Richards, Greenwood city engineer. "The feedback on completed projects has been very positive. This summer, we will be more proactive with construction-related communication so Greenwood citizens and commuters are fully informed and can plan ahead."
The road projects are scheduled to begin this month and are expected to be complete within 90 days.