Construction is not far off on Greenwood’s long-planned Worthsville Road expansion, and the city soon will shift its focus to the next phase of the major east-west route.
Design work will start this year on the western segment of the route, which will cut through Greenwood and eventually stretch across Johnson County and into Morgan and Shelby counties. Mayor Mark Myers said the next phase of the project will be a massive undertaking and will cost millions, but he said Greenwood has to figure out how to pay for it to keep the momentum going.
Greenwood hopes to next widen Worthsville Road farther west and connect it to Stones Crossing Road to allow the route to handle east-west traffic between U.S. 31 and State Road 135, Myers said. Part of the expanded road would be four lanes, while at least one segment likely would be a two-lane road with wider shoulders and turn lanes that encourage traffic to keep flowing with few stops.
A rough estimate is that construction will cost $16.5 million, but that doesn’t include the cost of designing the project or buying the land, community development services director Mark Richards said.
The city plans to soon hire an engineering firm to design that road and determine how wide it would be, how much land would have to be purchased and what it would cost.