Greenwood approves $330,000 for Fry Road work

Some Fry Road homeowners will soon have a new trail and better stormwater drainage at a cost of $330,000 in tax dollars.

The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission has committed spending the money to replace old drainpipes and build a trail along Fry Road between U.S. 31 and the Timbers Edge subdivision. The trail will cover the drainage ditch with a honeycomb-like asphalt surface that allows rainwater to filter down into the new drainpipe below to help prevent flooding and soil erosion.

The trail will provide a safe route from the area to Northwest Park for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The project, costing a total of $965,000, is part of Greenwood’s 2012 Stormwater Master Plan. The $330,000 approved last week for the Fry Road project adds to an earlier $50,000 commitment from the city; $50,000 from the Greenwood Parks & Recreation Departments impact fees and $535,000 from the Greenwood Stormwater Utility’s impact fees.

The city plans to select a contractor for the project by the end of May and begin work as soon as possible. The goal is to be finished by the end of the year.

“I think this project will be a wonderful addition,” stormwater superintendent Chris Jones said. “We’re really excited about what it can do to improve home values along Fry Road and increase connectivity for pedestrians.”