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I-65 interchange in Greenwood delayed for year

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Officials say construction of a new Interstate 65 interchange in Greenwood is being delayed for a year.

The state highway department says it hasn't been able to reach land purchase agreements with five property owners for the project at Greenwood's Worthsville Road. The agency is asking a judge to force the sales.

Greenwood development director Mark Richards tells the Daily Journal that the city is moving ahead with widening the road to four lanes in anticipation of the interchange.

State officials now plan to hire contractors in September and start construction of the interchange in the spring of 2015, with completion anticipated that year.

The project is estimated to cost about $22 million, with Greenwood paying up to $11 million of the cost.

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  • News Flash
    Many interchanges contain tolling facilities. It's not a new concept.
  • Isn't This Free?
    I thought the land owners were giving the land away and INDOT had found free labor and materials. After all, everyone knows "roads don't cost nothin'." I'd rather my money go towards a healthy, shared mass transit solution. Seriously, can I opt out of paying for this at all since I will NEVER use it?
  • Really Mordant
    Mordant are you saying that the new ramp should be toll? That should work quite well a toll exit and entrance ramp. Your comment proves why there are some people that must be followers.
  • What is the Problem Here?
    If this interchange were a good idea that made economic sense, then surely a private company could be relied upon to build and operate it. Why all this socialist intervention?
    • Looking forward to interchange
      I welcome the new interchange. As someone who lives along Sheek Road, I'm really hoping this will cut down on the same of the traffic along that road (as well as the Greenwood 99 exit).

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