Burying old utility lines ideal, but costs up in the air


Power lines in downtown Franklin interfere with the view of the courthouse. Officials would like more existing utility lines buried but are concerned that costs could be prohibitive, especially in tight spaces such as downtown. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Fifty years from now, residents or visitors in Franklin could look up and not see wooden utility poles or wires running down streets to homes and businesses.

Utility poles holding 10 wires each run down U.S. 31 on Franklin’s north side, cluttering the skyline. But turn into a subdivision such as Knollwood Farms, and the utility cables all disappear because they’re underground.

City officials are considering a long-term plan to have all utility lines, including electric, telephone, cable and fiber-optic, buried underground. The plan would eliminate problems with downed power lines during storms or traffic accidents, while also creating a cleaner look for the city by removing poles and wires cluttering the roadside, city officials said.

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