City targets dangerous intersection

Concrete medians and a new turn lane could cut down on accidents and backups at Franklin’s most dangerous intersection, but right now no work is planned.

The intersection of Westview Drive and U.S. 31 has been deemed the city’s most dangerous, with an average of about one accident per week since the start of the year. City officials want something to be done and are working to convince the state, which is responsible for the intersection, that the work should be a priority.

The problems with the intersection add up: When you pull up to the intersection to make a left turn from Westview Drive, it’s tough to see cars coming across the intersection from North Main Street. If you’re turning right onto Westview from the highway, you have to watch for people using the wide shoulder as a turn lane and for drivers trying to turn across multiple lanes as they leave nearby businesses.

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