Franklin takes control of highway through city

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If you’re tired of hitting potholes on State Road 44 or squeezing past large trucks in downtown Franklin, you can call the city about those problems.

Starting today, State Road 44 from State Road 144 to Interstate 65 is no longer a state highway. Although the road signs likely won’t come down for a few weeks, Franklin now officially owns the road and is responsible for all maintenance.

That means those potholes on Jefferson Street will be fixed by the city, with work beginning this summer. Trucks passing through downtown will be rerouted around the north side or could be ticketed starting in June or July. City officials also can plan road and sidewalk improvements around the I-65 exit, with the goal of making the area more attractive to developers that might want to build a restaurant, hotel or shopping center.

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