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Franklin road repairs to start next month

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Motorists will face more detours, orange barrels and construction equipment this fall in Franklin.

Franklin is getting ready to start $1.1 million in road projects, including paving 11 city streets, sealing cracks on about half of all roads and rebuilding a 1-mile section of Hurricane Road.

The work will begin in October and be finished by the end of November. The biggest and most expensive project will be to rebuild Hurricane Road between Arvin Drive and the city limits, which will cost $252,000.

Workers also will seal cracks on about half of the city’s streets, add a new sealer in Knollwood Farms, Deer Run and streets on the city’s east side and put down new pavement on 11 roads. The city is spending about $500,000 on paving and $339,000 on crack filling and sealant.

None of the roads are expected to be closed for more than a week, city engineer Travis Underhill said. Workers might temporarily close streets or restrict lanes as needed, he said.

This year the city decided to spend about $800,000 more on paving and repairing local roads to make up for maintenance that has lagged in previous years.

The crack-sealing and sealer work is being done as part of a new road preservation program that aims to keep roads in better condition longer and reduce annual maintenance costs.

Paving work was delayed because the city was working to review all its streets and form the long-term maintenance plan before deciding which roads would be sealed and repaired this year.

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