Officials exploring options for key gateway to city



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Pictured is the interchange where I-65 meets Indiana State Road 44 in Franklin. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal


Pictured is the interchange where I-65 meets Indiana State Road 44 in Franklin. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal


Plans for a redesigned entrance into Franklin got a boost with a $1.8 million grant, which will pay for walkways, lighting and landscaping that visitors and residents would see as they come off Interstate 65.

But the city wants to do more to develop the eastside and is getting ready to start a study to investigate how to get new restaurants, hotels and businesses around the exit.

The city was awarded a federal grant for sidewalks, lighting and landscaping from Eastview Drive to I-65, which will pay for 80 percent of the construction costs. The city also recently received grants to build a trail along its truck route and new sidewalks downtown.

 

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