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Turn lane planned for Jefferson Street at U.S. 31

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A well-known traffic headache in Franklin will soon get a fix.

Cars commonly back up on Jefferson Street while waiting for the light to change at U.S. 31, so Franklin is planning to add a new turn lane when it rebuilds the road in 2016.

Drivers heading west on Jefferson Street out of the downtown currently have a combined straight and right turn lane at U.S. 31. Drivers can turn on red at the intersection, but if the car at the front of the line is waiting to cross the highway, traffic can back up as far as Walnut Street, CrossRoad Engineers vice president Trent Newport said.

The city will build a separate right turn lane that will stretch from the corner to Vaught Street, which should alleviate the backups, Newport said.

Franklin is planning to spend about $5.6 million to rebuild the road and add new sidewalks on Jefferson Street, from U.S. 31 to Crowell Street in 2016. The turn lane will be included in that project.

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