Key Greenwood Roads Get a New Look

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Key Greenwood Roads Get a New Look

Redesign of Madison and Emerson Aves. aims to improve safety, aesthetics

(GREENWOOD, Ind.) - $11 million in road improvements are complete in Greenwood.

Mayor Mark Myers says the old east-west connector between two main arteries, Madison Avenue and Meridian Street, created traffic and safety problems. A crossing at the top of a hill was too close to the Main Street intersection, and the road cut too close to a walk-up ice cream stand which often has long lines of students from nearby Greenwood High School. The city solved two problems at once by extending Surina Way, named for former Mayor Jeanette Surina, to run between the high school and the Greenwood Public Library. With that road available as a connector, the old road will now be a walking and biking trail.

Myers says the city has also redesigned Madison and Emerson Avenues. On Madison, the city has eliminated a turn lane. Myers says you'll still be able to turn, but says the change will reduce backups while lowering speeds, giving drivers more opportunity to see what's available downtown.

Myers says the improved traffic flow and beautification efforts should make the city more attractive to old and new businesses.

The work is complete except for some tree planting. Myers says city engineers will begin studying plans next year for the next round of improvements.

Surina Way in Greenwood (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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