Downtown Franklin construction phase two begins

The second phase of downtown Franklin’s Jefferson Street construction is closing a portion of the street from U.S. 31 to the Admiral Gas Station. 

The construction, which began Monday, will reroute college drivers to access U.S. 31 using backstreets and will close off entrances to the gas station and CVS near the college. 

The section from U.S. 31 to Vaught Street is set to remain open until the final four weeks of this phase, around June, according to City of Franklin documents. 

Reconstruction plans of Franklin’s downtown streets began more than three years ago with the renovation of North Main Street and West Jefferson Street. 

Since then, the city has received more than $13 million to complete the projects through state and federal funding, grants and city dollars, according to city engineer Travis Underhill in a previous issue. 

“It’s multiple projects, not just one,” he said. 

Everything on the city’s to-do list will be 100 percent new upon completion— including storm pipes, water mains, roadways, sidewalks and a few decorative features, Underhill said. 

The first phase of the nine-phase renovation project finished in December and spanned from north Main Street to the Admiral Gas Station. 

This second phase is scheduled to be complete before July, and all nine phases of the Jefferson Street plan are expected to be complete by the end of 2019.


WHAT TO EXPECT: 

  1. New pavement and sidewalks
  2. New signals
  3. New storm sewer system 
  4. New decorative features and landscaping
  5. Upgraded and relocated utility lines
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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations. When she isn't staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and eating as many boneless wings as possible. This is Ashley's third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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