Old concrete plant to be razed for road, nature area

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A former concrete plant in Greenwood faces the wrecking ball to make room for a wider road.

The city plans to raze the former Prairie Materials concrete plant so it can turn Worthsville Road into a major boulevard that can handle traffic from a planned Interstate 65 exit. Most of the land the plant occupies will be converted to a wetlands area and trail, Mayor Mark Myers said.

Illinois-based Prairie Materials shut down the plant a few years ago, and it’s been vacant since then.

Myers said it has become an eyesore. The city hopes removing it and replacing it with a more scenic nature area that’s designed to absorb rainwater will encourage more development along Worthsville Road and improve the appearance of what will become a major gateway into Greenwood.

The city already has purchased two properties along Worthsville Road through eminent domain and has torn down a house as part of the widening project.

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