Editorial: State, city deal smooths way for road renovations

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One of the roughest Franklin streets to drive on is Jefferson Street between Forsythe Street and U.S. 31. It’s also one of the city’s most prominent roadways as it cuts through the heart of the downtown area.

City officials would like to make it smoother, thus making a better impression on visitors. But Jefferson, along with a block of Forsythe and a stretch of King Street to Interstate 65 is part of State Road 44, which the state is responsible for maintaining.

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to rebuild the highway between I-65 and U.S. 31 in 2017, but that’s years away; and, perhaps more importantly, the project potentially would close long stretches of the street at a time for the work, having a serious impact on the businesses that line the street.

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