Construction starts back up in Franklin Monday and the city is preparing drivers for detours

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- With the taste of warmer weather, Indiana residents are preparing for construction work to pick back up for the season. The City of Franklin is warning drivers about new road closures set to go into place Mondy.

The city is continuing its work to reconstruct Jefferson Street, Forsythe Street and King Street -- which includes the main drag through the downtown connecting I-65 traffic to the busy U.S. 31. There are several phases in this massive undertaking and Franklin is now ready for Phase 5 of this multi-year project.

This week, in particular, contractors are beginning their work for the month of March along King Street from Middletown Drive to Eastview Drive. This includes a roundabout at King Street and Eastview. The roundabout will be constructed in phases to allow drivers to travel north and east in this intersection.

The closure to through traffic will also include Jefferson Street by the railroad tracks to Branigin Boulevard.

Business owners in the area and the city officials want patrons to know that the businesses will be accessable during this construction period. 

The new construction will include new pavement and sidewalks, some new traffic signals, a roundabout, and new storm sewer system to improve drainage. The project also includes new signage, light poles, monuments, trees, and landscaping. Due to the size of this project, it is being completed in phases.

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