Down on Main Street: New passing shoulder

Greenwood is fixing an area along Main Street, east of downtown, that often backs up with traffic.

A $40,000 project to add a passing shoulder to the eastbound lane of Main Street at Acordia Drive, in front of the Airport Parkway business center where Oaken Barrel is located. Work will begin in the spring of 2016.

Currently, eastbound motorists wanting to turn left onto Acordia Drive from Main Street struggle to find an opening in traffic. That creates a long line of traffic backed up behind the turning vehicle, Greenwood city engineer Mark Richards said.

By adding a passing shoulder at Main Street and Acordia Drive, eastbound traffic can safely go around the vehicle waiting to turn left, and ultimately keep traffic from backing up, Richards said.

A guard rail between the new passing shoulder and the section of trail that stretches along Main Street also will be installed for the safety of pedestrians, Richards said.

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Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.