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Work to widen Worthsville Road between Sheek Road and U.S. 31 stopped for about three weeks this month. Construction still should be completed in 2015. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Work to widen Worthsville Road between Sheek Road and U.S. 31 stopped for about three weeks this month. Construction still should be completed in 2015. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Work to widen Worthsville Road between Sheek Road and U.S. 31 stopped for about three weeks this month. Construction still should be completed in 2015. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Work to widen Worthsville Road between Sheek Road and U.S. 31 stopped for about three weeks this month. Construction still should be completed in 2015. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Worthsville Road has been closed for a couple of months now, but neighbors have noticed workers haven’t been there for about three weeks.

The workers left the road blocked and torn up, with sections covered in a landscape of dirt mounds.

The construction work on Worthsville Road came to a halt during the first three weeks of April due to rain, a pipeline and some other utilities getting in the way, Greenwood community development services director Mark Richards said.

Work should begin again this week on the $20 million widening project, and residents should begin seeing trucks hauling concrete and other debris away from a former concrete plant along Worthsville Road. The city doesn’t expect the delays to prevent construction workers from finishing the widening of the road from two to four lanes by the end of 2015, Richards said.

Officials also plan to have half the road paved by the end of this year, so Worthsville Road won’t have to be shut down again for construction in 2015, he said.

Greenwood has now kept the road closed for about two months for the work, which will widen the stretch between Interstate 65 and U.S. 31. The city is rebuilding the road to handle anticipated heavy traffic from a new I-65 interchange the state plans to build at Worthsville Road in 2015.

Workers began installing storm sewer pipe at the site in January, but all work on the road stopped during the first week of April because the city wasn’t able to get a property owner to sell land where BP Pipeline needs to move its pipes to make way for the road project.

Also, some utility poles were moved, but not quite to the planned places, so some manholes and storm drains had to be redesigned before they could be built and installed.

About the project

What: Upgrades to Worthsville Road to handle highway traffic from a new Interstate 65 exit

Happening in 2014 and 2015: Widening Worthsville Road to four lanes between I-65 and U.S. 31

Cost: $20 million

Construction: Started in January; Worthsville Road will be closed until November for the work, which includes installing drainage pipes and building a road to Clark-Pleasant Middle School.

What’s next: Realigning and widening about 1.25 miles of Worthsville Road and County Road 125W

The city also was surprised about six weeks ago to find AT&T Long Lines had some fiber lines next to the Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co. tracks, which would get in the way of drain pipes the contractor needs to install. The city now has to pay nearly $93,000 to move the AT&T line, which is the project’s second-largest cost that wasn’t budgeted for, Richards said. The larger added expense was $600,000 to remove concrete, soil and other debris from the former Prairie Materials concrete plant on Worthsville Road, which the city had previously expected the Indiana National Guard to handle.

The contractor’s pipe workers were out working on the road project, and the utility issues had stopped their progress, Richards said. And, due to the April showers, crews working on other parts of the project, such as excavation and removing concrete plant debris, couldn’t get started, he said.

This week, workers should begin hauling away debris from the old concrete plant. Next, a stormwater collection pond will be dug, and work will start on an access road between Sheek Road and Clark-Pleasant Middle School. The hope is that the pond and access road will be completed before school starts in August, Richards said.

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