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‘Other half’ project to start in Franklin: Construction will improve second side of Madison Street downtown

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Construction will start soon on a downtown Franklin street that is half finished.

The city plans to spend about $225,000 to replace the storm drains under the south side of Madison Street and improve the road, sidewalk and curbs, Board of Public Works member Steve Barnett said.

The north side of Madison Street was upgraded earlier this year with new storm drains and sidewalks as part of the city’s $3.3 million North Main Street project to improve the drainage and roads. But upgrades to the south side of the street were not included in the plans.

Officials decided the city should do that work and also inspected the drains under the south side of the street and determined they needed to be replaced as well, street commissioner Ron Collins said.

The city will hire a contractor for the project Monday, and construction will begin within two weeks, Collins said.

City officials hope to complete the work on Madison Street by the end of November and open the street, along with part of Main Street, to local traffic the day after Thanksgiving, Collins said.

He said the city wants to open the section of Main Street from Jefferson Street to Madison Street by that time, with the section of Main from Madison to King Street open by the end of the year. Workers will continue construction on Main north of King through the winter, he added.

The Franklin Redevelopment Commission will discuss paying for the project at its meeting Thursday, board member Rob Henderson said. The city board funds economic development projects with money from the city’s tax-increment financing districts, which collect property taxes from businesses in certain areas.

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