Rough going: Business owners await restart of street paving

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Downtown Franklin business owners are looking forward to a freshly paved street, new sidewalks and light poles, and improved drainage.

But owners along North Main Street have grown impatient as the unpaved street has blocked access to their buildings and people avoid the area. Over the winter, rain and melted snow have turned the street into a muddy mess at times, and pedestrians struggle walking to businesses with sidewalks torn up or removed.

City officials say there isn’t much they can do to help until the spring, when asphalt plants reopen; and they have discouraged motorists from using the road until then.

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