BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
The southern portion of Miles Johnson Parkway, which connects Old Kedron Road to Duplex Road, has reopened for drivers after missing two previous reopening dates.
With the reopening of the southern portion, the northern portion of Miles Johnson Parkway, which connects Duplex Road to U.S. 31, has been closed for water and sewer lines to be laid across the road, as well as for paving work to be done. Weather permitting, the northern portion of Miles Johnson Parkway is scheduled to reopen on January 26.
The reopening will allow for residents either heading north from Kedron Road or South from Duplex Road to take Miles Johnson Parkway now, instead of the previous detour on McLemore Avenue, through residential streets. To bypass the new closure for drivers heading north or south, the intersection of Duplex Road and U.S. 31 will be the quickest route.
The closure of the northern portion of Miles Johnson Parkway is part of the Duplex Widening project, a project that will see 3.2 miles of Duplex Road widened to three lanes, all the way from I-65 to Main Street. Additionally, multi-use and walking trails will be constructed on the sides of Duplex Road.
The Duplex Widening project is still on track to meet its April 2020 deadline, according to city senior project manager Missy Stahl, with no more closures on the road itself planned for the future.