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Franklin Road Construction Causing Headaches For Drivers

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by Steve Hayslip

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Two major road projects within a mile of each other that both lead into downtown Franklin have been causing issues for drivers going into the city's historic downtown area.

Drivers said trying to navigate Hillsboro Road into Downtown Franklin is not easy with orange construction barrels everywhere.

"We do have a lot of orange cones around. They're saying that's the city flower these days," said Franklin Spokesperson Melissa Reirson.

Perhaps all the work is a 'reflection' of residents desire to walk or bike into downtown. Something that wasn't easy before this 16 million dollar project began.

"With this, we're adding sidewalks…we're adding four-foot bike lanes to each side, so safety wise, that'll be the biggest benefit, " said Project Manager William Banks.

There's been a safety concern for the construction workers who have to deal with drivers just inches away.

"It's been pretty much extremely difficult with speeding down here," added Banks.

It's why Franklin police lowered the speed limit, and now watch the road closely.

The other major road project underway has been the Mack Hatcher widening.

Caution will be the key word for another year while road projects drag on and construction crews pound away with the promise of smooth, safe ride.

The Hillsboro Road project is broken into sections with the first phase to be finished next May. The next phase which will widen the road in front of Franklin High School will begin after that.

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