GREENFIELD — Construction begins this week on a project officials say will ease traffic congestion on Ind. 9 near Hancock Regional Hospital.
Boyd Avenue just east of Ind. 9 will be closed about a month starting Wednesday. The street by HRH will be widened to make way for right- and left-turn lanes. That will ultimately mean the traffic light on Ind. 9 will remain green longer, allowing for better flow on the state street.
Later this fall, Boyd Avenue just west of Ind. 9 near Greenfield Intermediate School and Harris Elementary School will also be extended, with a left-turn lane added.
“If we can improve flow at Boyd Avenue, then we can improve the overall flow of traffic on Ind. 9,” said Karla Vincent, engineer for the city of Greenfield.