Repaving of Franklin’s South Street set to begin

Construction on a Franklin street that has been put off for a year is expected to start by the end of the month.

The city plans to repave a section of South Street from U.S. 31 to State Street that has not been repaved in more than a decade, city council member Steve Barnett said. The road was also damaged in the 2008 flood and from construction traffic in the wake of the city’s buyout of flood-damaged homes.

Because the city held off on construction, the cost of the project has increased from the initial estimate of $85,000 to $110,000, Barnett said.

The original $85,000 was included in this year’s budget, and the rest of the money will most likely come from unused money in the street department’s budget, Barnett said.

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