Downtown Franklin streets targeted for improvements

Construction crews will close two blocks of a downtown Franklin streets for weeks this summer to tear up and reconstruct the road and build new sidewalks.

The Franklin Redevelopment Commission gave initial approval to spend up to $1.25 million to rebuild Water Street, add new sidewalks to Monroe Street and repave both Monroe Street and Home Avenue.

The board will vote in April on whether to spend the money, which comes from the city’s tax-increment financing districts. Taxes collected from businesses in those districts are set aside for infrastructure and economic development projects.

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