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Work to start this year on project



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The view east from Worthsville Road and I-65 where a new interchange will be built. The city of Greenwood is planning three different annexations, including the soon-to-be-built interchange.


An SUV drives on Worthsville Road over Interstate 65 in Greenwood. The city hopes to put a plan in place for the area surrounding what will be a new exit.


Expect construction to start this year on a major east-west road project that Greenwood has been planning for years.

The Greenwood City Council unanimously approved borrowing about $30 million to build an interstate interchange at Worthsville Road and widen the street to handle the increased traffic. The approval is the final one needed before construction can begin on a project that’s aimed at lessening congestion, spurring economic development and building a major east-west route that’s been talked about for decades.

Work could start as soon as this spring, Mayor Mark Myers said. The project is part of an east-west corridor that’s supposed to move traffic faster across Johnson County and eventually connect with roads in Morgan and Shelby counties.

Making Worthsville Road a gateway into southern Greenwood will be one of the biggest and most expensive road projects in city history. City officials hope that it will pay off by helping to attract business parks and other high-end development and by opening up more of the city’s southeast side to development.

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