Franklin plans to spend $1.2 million on the first phase of a three-year project to rebuild State Road 44.
The entire project, which will reconstruct the roadway, rebuild or add sidewalks and install decorative lighting and landscaping from just west of U.S. 31 to Eastview Drive, is estimated to cost $15.4 million. The work is expected to begin by summer 2015 and last through 2017.
But before that can be done, the city must pay for environmental testing required by the state, draw technical designs for each part of the project and get approval from the Indiana Department of Transportation. The city board of works approved the $1.2 million contract with CrossRoad Engineers, which will design the improvements planned from the Johnson County fairground entrance west of U.S. 31 to Eastview Drive.