Road to ruin? Franklin wants streets to last for decades

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Last winter, the Franklin street department had to make an emergency patch on a road after the pavement started crumbling due to several freezes and thaws.

As city crews worked to patch Briar Ridge Drive as best they could in the cold of winter, they discovered that the road hadn’t been built the right way to withstand the nightly freezing and daily melting of winter in Indiana. In fact, the blacktop had been paved directly on top of clay.

Then this summer as water bubbled up under a street in Knollwood Farms, crews again discovered a road that didn’t have appropriate drains running underneath it. Come fall, the city had to spend $40,000 to put in new pipes to get the water away from the road.

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