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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A new look for Franklin?


The Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight with local business owners and others interested in the development of downtown Franklin in order to discuss streetscape improvements, said Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting.

The meeting is a preliminary step in deciding what to do with $5 million in federal funds earmarked for downtown improvements.

Nutting said the town has hired a traffic engineer to investigate traffic in the area, which includes an unusual one-way circular pattern on a portion of Route 140 through the center of town. He said the plan could potentially change the flow of traffic in the area.

A final design and eventual construction of improvements seem a long way off: Nutting said the design must be approved by the state Highway Department, will go through several public hearings and must be funded on the Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP list. He said it is projected as a project in 2010. The meeting is set for town hall.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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