County to widen rural road near high school

A rural county road wasn’t built to handle the hundreds of motorists who use it daily to travel through Franklin and to Franklin Community High School.

That’s why the county plans to widen lanes and add shoulders on County Road 200N, which passes by the high school.

Since the high school opened in 2007, County Road 200N has had about an 8 percent increase in traffic volume yearly, resulting in a few hundred more cars daily, county highway department director Luke Mastin said.

The county expected traffic volume to increase with the opening of the school and started planning the project when the school’s location was announced, Mastin said.

Johnson County already has widened a mile of the road between Cumberland Drive and Centerline Road and wants to start construction on another 1.3-mile section in 2014, Mastin said.

He said the upcoming work is the second phase in a project meant to improve the road as more and more motorists use it to get to the high school and the north side of the city.

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