Franklin will have to buy and knock down a former convenience store to make way for the city’s first roundabout, but officials aren’t sure whether they will have to spend more tax dollars to do it.
The city plans to build a roundabout at the oddly shaped intersection of Main, Walnut and Clark streets and Oliver Avenue to improve traffic flow in the area. The roundabout would solve problems motorists have reported with seeing other vehicles because the roads intersect at diagonals and would reduce wait times at the stoplight for 12,000 drivers who use North Main Street daily.
The city is starting the process to get the roundabout approved, but officials are not yet sure whether it will cost more.
The construction cost for the North Main Street project is $4.4 million, and 80 percent is being paid for with money from a federal grant. The Franklin Redevelopment Commission is paying the rest, which is about $880,000.