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City expects Main Street to reopen next week

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Residents soon will be able to drive on two downtown Franklin roads that have been closed since this summer.

By Monday, the city plans to open Madison Street and the section of Main Street, between Jefferson Street and Madison Street.

Main Street closed in August. Workers have been doing construction to replace the sewer systems beneath the streets and put in new curbs, lights and sidewalks as part of the city’s $3.3 million project.

The construction will not be completely finished when the streets are reopened because construction workers will not put the final coat of asphalt on until next spring.

Franklin street commissioner Ron Collins said the city wanted local residents to be able to drive on the roads during the holiday season.

“There’s a lot of activity downtown, at the Artcraft and the courthouse lighting. We’re trying to get it open so people can at least use the roads during those times,” Collins said.

Next, the city plans to move block by block replacing the sewer system under Main Street and putting in new curbs and sidewalks up to Graham Street, Collins said.

During that time, the sections of Main Street the city is working on will be closed, one block at a time, Collins said.

“As long as it stays above 25 to 30 degrees, we can keep tearing streets up and putting pipes in the ground,” Collins said.

The city hopes to have the project finished by November 2013, Collins said.

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