Franklin is looking into building its first roundabout at a five-way intersection where motorists have complained they can’t see oncoming traffic.
City officials say a roundabout would be the safest option for improving the intersection, where Main Street, Clark Street, Walnut Street and Oliver Avenue meet. Accidents have happened at the intersection when motorists pull into traffic without seeing other cars coming from the intersection’s odd angles, and a roundabout would make all traffic move in the same direction, Mayor Joe McGuinness said.
But the city would need to buy and tear down a convenience store that sits between Main and Walnut streets for the roundabout to fit. If the cost of that property is more than city officials want to spend, the city could decide not to build the roundabout, McGuinness said.
Franklin officials have considered building a roundabout at the intersection since 2002 as part of the city’s North Main Street project, which includes replacing sewers and widening sidewalks on Main Street between Jefferson Street and U.S. 31, Franklin City Council member Steve Barnett said.