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Repaving of Franklin’s South Street set to begin

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Construction on a Franklin street that has been put off for a year is expected to start by the end of the month.

The city plans to repave a section of South Street from U.S. 31 to State Street that has not been repaved in more than a decade, city council member Steve Barnett said. The road was also damaged in the 2008 flood and from construction traffic in the wake of the city’s buyout of flood-damaged homes.

Because the city held off on construction, the cost of the project has increased from the initial estimate of $85,000 to $110,000, Barnett said.

The original $85,000 was included in this year’s budget, and the rest of the money will most likely come from unused money in the street department’s budget, Barnett said.

The city approved the project last November but waited to do the construction until local utilities determined if they needed to remove any lines from the buyout area after homes were torn down, Barnett said.

Now that the utilities are finished with their work in the area, the city hopes to start construction by the end of the month, Barnett said. If the project is not started this year, it will begin next spring, he said.

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