FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2016
City of Greenwood celebrates completion of $17 million Worthsville Road project
East-west corridor will ease congestion, provide additional interstate access and continue to spur economic development on the City’s southeast side
GREENWOOD, Ind. – Greenwood City officials, business leaders and community members today celebrated the completion of the City’s Worthsville Road project, a nearly $17 million endeavor that first began in 2008. The four-lane road, extending from I-65 to U.S. 31, provides the east-west corridor Greenwood says is key to easing traffic congestion and attracting new business to the area.
Major highlights of the project include:
• Four-lane, boulevard roadway with no stops between I-65 and US 31
• Multi-path trails on both the south and north sides of the road
• Improved access to White River Township
• Additional interstate access (I-65, I-74 and eventually, I-69)
• A roundabout at Sheek Road
• Minimal lighting along the corridor to preserve rural atmosphere
Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers says the project provides numerous benefits.
“The completion of Worthsville Road eases traffic congestion throughout the city and particularly downtown,” said Myers. “We’re also providing area businesses, including Endress+Hauser and Nachi, two of the City’s largest employers, improved access to both I-65 and U.S. 31. We’ve created an immediate benefit for residents and visitors while also improving future economic development potential. It’s a win-win for Greenwood.”
Brent Tilson, president of the Greenwood Redevelopment Commission, says transportation and access to major interstates are critical for business growth and attraction.
“Transportation infrastructure is a primary factor for companies exploring expansion and/or relocation,” said Tilson. “We’re already seeing an increased interest from companies looking to develop in the area.”
And while the City has completed its portion of the project, Johnson County is planning to extend Worthsville Road even farther, connecting with Fairland Road and I-74 to the east and west to a planned interchange for the proposed I-69 extension.
“This is about laying the groundwork for future growth and sustainability,” said Myers. “The impact of this project will be seen for years to come.”