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Meeting to outline plans for State Road 44

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Residents and business owners in Franklin can get their first glimpse of a major road project and ask questions about how construction will affect their properties.

City officials are hosting an educational meeting about the road work planned along what used to be State Road 44. Franklin took ownership of the downtown portion of the road from the state this year. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Beeson Hall, 396 Branigin Blvd. Project engineers will share information about what kind of work is planned along Jefferson and King streets and answer questions.

The city plans to rebuild the road and add sidewalks and lighting from near the Johnson County fairgrounds entrance, west of U.S. 31, all the way to Interstate 65. The projects will be broken into smaller phases starting next year and going through 2018. The preliminary schedule is to rebuild from the fairgrounds to U.S. 31 in 2015, from U.S. 31 to Crowell Street in 2016, from Crowell Street to Eastview Drive in 2017 and Eastview Drive to I-65 in 2018.

Each phase would be broken into smaller sections to minimize the impact on businesses and homes, similar to how construction is being done on North Main Street.

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