Roundabouts key to Franklin’s plans to divert downtown truck traffic

A 3.5-mile truck route on the perimeter of downtown Franklin will change the way semi drivers and motorists travel around the northeast side of the city.

The city plans to spend up to $1.6 million each at four intersections along a path that semis are required to take, instead of driving through downtown on Jefferson Street. One plan being considered now is replacing stop signs at those intersection with roundabouts.

Roundabouts move traffic more quickly, are safer for motorists and are more likely to be paid for with federal grants, which is why Franklin is considering them for four intersections along the truck route, city engineer Travis Underhill said. Other possibilities could include widening the intersections.

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