An initial $85 million grant from the state, combined with $1 million pledged by the city, will pave the way for roadway and infrastructure improvements in anticipation of Intel’s plans to build one of the world’s biggest semiconductor operations here. New Albany City Council has authorized the city to begin design, construction and management of public improvements to the area around the 1,689-acre technology manufacturing district that will include Intel’s microchip-processing facility. Dubbed the Silicon Heartland, Intel is investing $20 billion in its first new manufacturing site in 40 years.
Improvements include widening State Route 161 between Interstate 270 and U.S. Route 62, widening the ramp from SR 161 west to I-270 north and improving the SR 161/Mink Road interchange. The design phase begins this year with construction slated for July 2023 and completion projected for November 2024. “This legislation will allow us to complete the work in a timely fashion,” said Jennifer Chrysler, director of community development. “It’s important to note that it does not negate the normal bid processes, but it will help us meet important construction timeframes.”
One of the first roadway improvements to support the project, the Jug Street expansion to three lanes between Beech Road and Clover Valley Road, is expected to be completed this August. Green Chapel, Harrison, Clover Valley and Beech roads as well as Mink and Jug streets will be expanded from two to three or four lane roads. LEARN MORE