Wal-Mart will pay more for roadwork

Last year, a major retailer estimated $200,000 would be enough to pay for a median and turn lane the city was requiring at an intersection near a planned Center Grove area store.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. looked at the work required for the intersection of Smith Valley Road and State Road 135, one of the county’s busiest intersections, estimated the cost and then cut the city a check.

When Greenwood tried to hire a contractor to do the work this summer, the city couldn’t find a single company willing to do the job for less than $285,000. So, officials went back to Wal-Mart, which is cutting another check for more than $100,000.

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