Greenwood to place guardrails near ponds

Greenwood has begun installing 13 guardrails at roadside ponds in the city, a project that has been in the works for years because of fatal crashes into the water.

The city didn’t require developers to build guardrails at rainwater collection ponds near roads until 2005, so this year’s construction work is intended to make 13 unguarded bodies of water along streets safer for motorists.

Greenwood was working toward that prior to the death of Herkimiah Wimbush, who died after driving into a Greenwood pond in 2011, community services director Mark Richards said. But the city had to wait to get federal funding for the project, which is why the construction didn’t start until last week, he said.

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