Franklin is marking the end of the eastside gateway construction, in terms of infrastructure work, and working to recruit new retailers, restaurants and hotels to the area.
City officials celebrated the completion of the $4 million project, which included roadwork, trails and decorative features, with an event at the intersection of King Street and Umbarger Lane on Thursday afternoon.
Umbarger Lane, which for decades was named Lovers Lane, got its new name earlier this year when city officials decided to make a change and honor Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, who retired from his position as leader of the Indiana National Guard. Umbarger is credited with bringing a large armory to Franklin.
The name change was just one part of a major investment by the city to improve the image of the city for residents and visitors who might choose the State Road 44 exit on Interstate 65. The city built a roundabout behind McDonald’s to spur development of a hotel or other businesses, acquired land, constructed monuments to reflect the city’s character, overhauled the streets and built trails.
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The work started a little more than a year ago.