State nears final tract for I-65 exit

With more than six months until construction starts, the state is working to buy one final property needed for a new Interstate 65 exit in Greenwood.

The interchange project required properties from 15 landowners near Worthsville Road and I-65, where a new entrance to the city is planned. Over the past year, the state has purchased 14 of those properties after filing lawsuits and negotiating with landowners.

Now, one property is left, and appraisals are due back to the court by Aug. 11 — one of the final steps in eminent domain, a court process the government uses to force owners to sell their land for public projects.

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