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Forsythe Street repairs to wrap up today

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Giant potholes and bumps on Franklin streets that connect downtown to the interstate have been repaired, but commuters were caught unprepared for the closure.

Workers closed a section of Jefferson, Forsythe and King streets at the dogleg Monday morning to do the work.

The work was included in this year’s annual road maintenance.

Holes had gotten so deep in parts of the road that the bricks under the pavement were showing. Previously, the city could not make repairs because the road was owned by the state. Franklin took ownership of State Road 44 earlier this year, which allows the city to do its own maintenance.

City engineer Travis Underhill said he knew the contractor was beginning work in Franklin this week but wasn’t aware crews were going to do Forsythe Street on Monday morning. The city board of works had given the contractor permission to work on that road in the evening, when traffic was lighter, Mayor Joe McGuinness said.

The road should reopen today. Contractors will move to other streets being repaved this year, including Nineveh Road, International Drive and parts of Adams and Madison streets. None of those projects should require the road to be closed to traffic, Underhill said.

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