Will Walmart traffic be too much?

Residents of a Center Grove area subdivision are concerned that once a Walmart store is built nearby, motorists will use their neighborhood streets as a detour for traffic and backups they say the new store will bring.

A store has been proposed west of Smith Valley Road and State Road 135, which residents and motorists say already is a busy intersection with 15,000 cars per day traveling Smith Valley Road, west of State Road 135. To help with traffic, Greenwood is requiring Walmart to pay for a new median on Smith Valley Road west of State Road 135, which is meant to stop left turns into nearby stores and home driveways, and to add a right-turn lane at the intersection.

But residents who live in Carefree South, located just north of where the new store is planned, believe motorists will instead turn into their neighborhood and use the curvy roads to bypass the intersection and the traffic.


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