To the editor:
The City of Franklin has had a series of short-term mayors over the past several decades, none of whom has engaged in long-range planning for the city. If they had, the city would not now be struggling under a burden of traffic which, if not adequately dealt with in the near future, will eventually strangle commerce within the old city.
When Interstate 65 was opened in the early 1970s, much of the land surrounding the city was farmland, and developing a system of roads to move traffic quickly and efficiently through and around the city would have been comparatively easy and inexpensive compared to today.
Since the opening of I-65, the population of the city has grown as housing developments, factories and businesses have sprung up around the edges of the city. The traffic on I-65 in the meantime has grown enormously, to the extent that it will be only a matter of time until the third lane will have to be continued south of Greenwood.