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Paving work to begin in downtown Franklin

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If you’re driving in downtown Franklin, you might see construction signs and equipment as soon as this week.

Work to repave Jefferson Street between U.S. 31 and Walnut Street, along with other repaving projects that didn’t get finished last year, will begin after workers arrive this week.

The Franklin Board of Works approved spending $34,300 for the paving work on Jefferson Street. The work originally was to be done later this summer, but city officials decided to add it to a list of roads being paved this month.

This week, workers will begin paving other streets that weren’t completed before winter. City engineer Travis Underhill wasn’t sure whether workers would start on Jefferson Street this week but should begin milling off asphalt and repaving soon, he said.

Franklin took ownership of State Road 44 from the state in April, which now allows the city to do its own maintenance on Jefferson and King streets. Fixing those streets, which in some areas are extremely bumpy or have holes that expose the bricks, is a top priority for city officials this year.

The roads will be rebuilt, similar to the construction that has happened on North Main Street, in 2016 and 2017.

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