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City given federal grant for stoplight

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Drivers won’t have to figure out when it’s safe to cross a wide Greenwood intersection when the city puts up a new stoplight in the future.

The city received a federal grant to put up a new traffic signal at Graham Road and Main Street, which will replace the stop signs currently in place, Greenwood director of community development services Mark Richards said.

As of now, the stoplight won’t be put up until 2018, when the federal money is made available. Greenwood should have all of the designs completed by the end of next year, so the project could get bumped up a year or two if more funding is available or another city or town drops a project, Richards said.

Greenwood expanded Graham Road to four lanes between 2008 and 2010 to accommodate more truck traffic going to and from eastside factories and warehouses. But traffic wasn’t heavy enough to warrant a traffic light at the time, Richards said.

Since the roads are four lanes in all directions, drivers have a harder time deciding when it’s safe to go across the wide intersection, Richards said.

The intersection was built in anticipation of a stoplight being put in, so underground utilities are already in place and the city won’t need to buy additional land, Richards said. That’s also why the city isn’t planning a roundabout for the intersection, he said.

The intersection project will cost $42,000 to design and $322,000 to build. The federal grant will pay for $258,000 of the overall cost and the remaining amount will be paid from Greenwood’s tax-increment financing, or TIF, district funds.

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