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Residents Concerned About Old Natchez Trace Repaving

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by Chris Conte

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Residents who live along a four and a half mile stretch of Old Natchez Trace Road in Franklin are concerned that the county's plans to repave the road will also mean widening it to a point that would take away from the road's beauty.

"It's a recipe for disaster if you widen it, smooth it and it'll become a speedway," explained Laura Turner, a long-time Williamson County resident.

No one who lives along the road denies that it needs to be repaved, it's crumbling and falling apart in place, they're just worried crews will widen it two or three feet of either side taking down trees and other pieces of the landscape.

"Safety is the number one issue. If it's widened out and smoothed out it will be much easier for people to speed through here," Turner explained.

Highway officials from Williamson County said they haven't finalized any plans yet, but plan to work within the given right-of-way that already exists.


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