Traffic flow on a downtown Franklin street was changed during a major road construction project, but now the city is making the switch permanent.
North Jackson Street, between Madison and Adams streets, will remain a two-way street. The street had been one-way, but the city allowed for traffic in both directions during reconstruction work on North Main Street.
Resident Tom Spahr spoke to members of the city’s board of works this week and asked that the road be switched back to one-way now that work in that area is completed because it’s too narrow to have on-street parking and cars traveling in both directions.
But board member Steve Barnett said he had heard from about 10 residents who said the two-way street made traveling downtown easier. Other streets in Franklin’s older neighborhoods are similarly sized and have always been two-way, Barnett said.
Board members voted 2-1 to keep the road open to two-way traffic while changing some parking spaces into parallel parking spaces.
Board members Barnett and Bob Swinehamer voted to keep the road a two-way, with Mayor Joe McGuinness voting against it. McGuinness said he voted no based on Spahr’s concerns since he lives on the street and also because the city engineer had concerns about it remaining as a two-way street.