Greenwood will open first roundabout today

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GREENWOOD (WISH) – The city of Greenwood will open its first roundabout Friday morning.

City officials say it’s the first of several they plan to put in over the next three to five years.

The first roundabout is at West Main Street and Averitt Road. That’s between State Road 135 and U.S. 31.

It’ll be open to drivers after a 9:00 am ceremony Friday.

This is a project that’s been in the works for some time, and the intersection has been closed to drivers throughout the summer as crews worked to complete the project.

Officials say crews were a couple weeks behind because of weather.

It’s about a $540,000 project funded through the Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program.

Officials say this intersection qualifies because of the sheer number of commuters who head through this intersection every day, from both Greenwood and throughout the south side. Officials estimated that 21,000 drivers travel that area every day. By 2034, it’s estimated to be 25,000.

This is the first of several roundabouts that are in the works for the city of Greenwood. Others are planned for Smith Valley Road at Madison Avenue. That’s also near SR 135 and Yorktown Road.

Click here for a full list of projects.

For more information on this roundabout, and how to drive through them, click here.

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