Mayor: Construction efforts, upgrades will soon yield growth

Last year a major Franklin road was reconstructed and facelifts began on downtown buildings, and residents should expect more construction leading to more economic growth in 2014, the mayor said.

In his annual state of the city address, Mayor Joe McGuinness noted how often he was using the words project and grant while recapping 2013 successes and what’s ahead for this year.

Franklin completed road projects on North Main Street and around the courthouse downtown, started a citywide street repair program, renovated and added slides at its aquatic center and launched several facade projects to restore downtown storefronts. This year the city will tackle the second section of reconstruction on North Main Street, pave three downtown streets and continue planning to rebuild State Road 44 and add 3.5 miles of new trails around the northeast side of the city.

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