Weather lengthens road work to-do list

A bitterly cold and snowy winter ravaged roads throughout the county, so expect to see more orange barrels and workers paving and patching more roads than usual this year.

Johnson County, Greenwood and Franklin will spend more than $4.5 million in total on paving and road work this year. Some of that work could impact your commute on some of the county’s main routes, including Smith Valley, Fry and Stones Crossing roads in Greenwood and the Center Grove area and Jefferson Street and other downtown streets in Franklin.

Multiple days with subzero temperatures took a toll on local roads, causing frequent potholes that left some roads so pitted that simple patching wouldn’t be enough to fix them, Greenwood deputy mayor Terry McLaughlin said. City workers drove every city street this year to re-rate the pavement because some roads, such as Meridian Street in Greenwood, that were in good shape two years had seriously deteriorated during the winter, he said.

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