Path planned along Jefferson Street

A new trail is being planned along Jefferson Street in Franklin.

The trail would begin near the intersection of State Road 144 and extend on both sides of the street to just west of Fairground Street.

Construction on the $1.5 million project is expected to begin in 2019, city engineer Travis Underhill said.

Plans are to build a trail on the south side of the road, and a sidewalk on the north side of the road.

A new bridge would be built over a creek near Tracy Miles Road. And monuments, between 3-feet and 10-feet tall, also are planned along the trail, according to the project description.

The project will help address both improving the look of entrances into the city and adding more walkable routes through the city. The trail also would help students walk and bike to Creekside Elementary School and Custer Baker Intermediate School, Underhill said.

Design work will begin shortly, with construction planned for 2019, he said.

The project is planned to be paid for with $1.2 million in federal funding and $300,000 from the city, he said.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.