With miles of roads already under construction in Johnson County, more work is about to begin.
But while you will face closed, shifted and narrowed lanes on Interstate 65 and U.S. 31, the city of Greenwood is working to impact traffic as little as possible with its summer road work.
This week, repaving of 14 roads began in Greenwood, including Meridian Street and several subdivision streets, city engineer Mark Richards said. A private contractor was hired earlier this year to repave the roads for about $2.3 million.
But the annual work won’t close any roads and motorists will not face any detours, Richards said.
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And work to fix and repave each of the roads is expected to take no more than two weeks, he said.
June is often the start of local road projects, including patching holes and repaving streets. Franklin and the Johnson County Highway Department also use the summer to repave roads, but they will finalize their list of streets to be redone later this month.
In Greenwood, much of the focus of this year’s work is in subdivisions throughout the city, including Averitt Meadows, or on commonly used access roads off of U.S. 31, such as Carr Street or Industrial Drive.
In addition to the paving, the city will also be repairing sidewalks, patching potholes or repainting lane lines, said streets superintendent Kenny Duncan. Each year, the street department tries to repaint every stripe on the roads and fill potholes. In addition, city employees are also juggling their regular summer duties, such as mowing city property or residents’ overgrown yards, repairing storm drains and picking up brush, Duncan said.
“That’s a never-ending battle here in Greenwood,” Duncan said.
City officials know that motorists are already sick of dealing with construction, with ongoing work on U.S. 31, I-65 and a bridge replacement on North Madison Avenue, so crews will try to make any repairs or patching without causing an inconvenience, he said.
The majority of the roads are in residential neighborhoods, and construction workers will be closing a lane at a time, so the road is still open and accessible to drivers, Richards said.
Some of the streets that will be repaved this year were supposed to be done last year, but were cut to save costs. Last year, the city wanted to repave $2.4 million worth of roads, but cut the list by nearly $400,000 to save money. Three roads that were pushed from last year’s list, including Carr Street, Stillwater Lane and Stonegate Drive, all will be repaved this summer.
Paving the entire list of Greenwood roads will take no more than 90 days to complete, Richards said.
Fourteen roads will be repaved in Greenwood this summer. Here’s a look at what portion of roads will be repaved:
Beechview Drive, from Main Street to U.S. 31
Colmery Drive, from Kimbrough Drive to Millridge Drive
Greenwood Street, from Main Street to Euclid Avenue
Hudson Bay Drive, from Monticello Drive to New Amsterdam Drive
Industrial Drive, from Stop 18 Road to Central Nine Career Center
Meridian Street, from the railroad crossing to County Line Road
Meridian Parke Drive, from State Road 135 to dead end
Millridge Drive, from Stop 18 Road to Colmery Drive
Sanner Drive, from Millridge Drive to Colmery Drive
Timber Creek Lane, from County Line Road to south cul-de-sac
Camby Street, from Madison Avenue to Brewer Place
Stillwater Lane, from Shady Creek Drive to Greenbriar Drive
Carr Street, from U.S. 31 to Wooddale Terrace
Stonegate Drive, from State Road 135 to dead end
SOURCE: Greenwood city engineer Mark Richards
In addition to repaving, the Greenwood streets department will be doing miscellaneous tasks throughout the summer:
- Mowing city properties and residents’ overgrown yards
- Repairing sidewalks with trip hazards or gravel pieces
- Filling potholes and patching
- Repainting every lane line on city streets
- Picking up brush
- Sweeping streets
SOURCE: Greenwood street superintendent Kenny Duncan