The first stage of a multi-million dollar highway widening project is set to begin at the start of the New Year in Williamson County.
The plans involve widening Hillsboro Road and upgrading the intersection of Boyd Mill Avenue/Carlisle Lane and Highway 96 West.
The first phase involves a $12 million construction job that will replace worn out water and sewer lines and add new sidewalks and bicycle lanes, which will eventually connect to a larger future project involving Mack Hatcher Parkway.
Workers at Reliable Automotive in Franklin say they have mixed feelings about the changes ahead. Employee Michael O'Brian said for the most part he and his customers are excited about a road improvement project that's been years in the planning.
"I'm really not too worried about it, but I can see how it could be a hassle for some customers," said O'Brian. "It's going to be a great thing for us especially with the foot traffic to downtown Franklin. The more foot traffic, the better."
Franklin city planners are already taking bids for the first phase of the project, which will cost an estimated $26 million when it's completed.
As for any anticipated traffic problems, Franklin city engineer Paul Holzen said a few months of agony will soon be rewarded by a beautiful new infrastructure that will be the pride of residents.
"With any construction project, there are always going to be traffic concerns, and we're going to phase it in a manner that accommodates the public as much as possible," said Holzen.
That means while construction is going on, there will always be two lanes of traffic open, and workers will try to keep turn lanes open as much as possible.
The plan is to keep drivers moving as the city moves forward in improving the area near downtown Franklin.
City engineers are expecting the first phase of the project to take about 15 months to complete. They hope to begin in January.
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Monday, September 1 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:04:35 GMT
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