5 road projects to know this month in Franklin, Brentwood

Work is underway on a new trail on Hwy. 96 W. in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Work is underway on a new trail on Hwy. 96 W. in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Work is underway on a new trail on Hwy. 96 W. in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Ongoing projects

Hwy. 96 W. multiuse trail

The city of Franklin is working to complete a 12-foot-wide multiuse trail on the west side of the city. The project will start at Vera Valley Drive and end at Fifth Avenue North. The project will also include upgrades to gas and water infrastructure.

Timeline: July 2020-late 2021

Cost: $4.5 million

Funding sources: Tennessee Department of Transportation, city of Franklin, Metropolitan Planning Organization

Hillsboro Road-Murray Lane interchange

TDOT has begun work to add a right-turn lane on Hillsboro Road northbound onto Murray Lane in Brentwood. The project will also add a guardrail and traffic signals to the intersection. Construction on the project is slated to be complete by the end of the year; however, signal work may not be complete until next spring.

Timeline: estimated to be complete in March 2021

Cost: $836,298

Funding source: TDOT

Franklin Road-Main Street-Columbia Avenue repaving

The city of Franklin has begun work to improve the area of Franklin Road from the Harpeth River bridge to Hooper Lane/Harpeth Industrial Court near downtown Franklin. Barricades have been placed on the west side of the roadway. When complete, the roadway will be widened to three lanes and will feature bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road and decorative street lighting similar to Hillsboro Road.

Timeline: summer 2020-winter 2020-21

Cost: $12.8 million

Funding source: city of Franklin

Franklin Road improvements

TDOT began work Aug. 31 on a repaving project in three sections along Franklin Road, Main Street in downtown Franklin and Columbia Avenue. The project spans from Country Road running south to Mack C. Hatcher Parkway. According to the city of Franklin, residents can expect to see signage and cones along the road way as well as intermittent lane closures, overnight road closures and detours.

Timeline: Aug. 31-late October

Cost: TBD

Funding source: TDOT

Future project

McEwen Drive improvements

The city of Franklin is working toward a project to widen McEwen Drive from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided road. The project, which spans from Cool Springs Boulevard to Wilson Pike, will convert the existing roadway into a multiuse trail, add new street lighting and add modifications to the Wilson Pike bridge. City officials estimate the project will take 2 1/2 to three years to complete once construction begins.

Timeline: spring 2022-summer 2025

Cost: $34 million

Funding sources: city of Franklin, federal funds
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


Espaces, a Franklin-based flexible meeting and office space firm, will nearly double its footprint next year with an expansion at 99 East Main Street. (Courtesy Espaces)
Franklin-based Espaces to expand next spring in downtown

Espaces, Franklin’s flexible meeting and office space, will take over the second level of a building at 99 E. Main St. next spring.

The Franklin Christmas tree will be lit on the night of Dec. 3 and remain lit through the month of December. This is a photo of the 2020 tree lighting. (Lindsay Scott/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Bone and Joint and Institute of Tennessee is opening a new Brentwood clinic on Dec. 6. (Courtesy Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee)
Bone and Joint Institute clinic to open in Brentwood

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A photo of open space behind a stone wall off Old Smyrna Road.  On Nov. 22, the Brentwood City Commission approved a new zoning district allowing single family homes to be built on two acre lots as long as an overall density of one unit per three acres was maintained.
Brentwood votes for new zoning district for Old Smyrna Road

Brentwood updated its zoning district for Old Smyrna Road to preserve open space in developments.

Locally owned women's clothing boutique Jondie will move in February to 407 Main St. in Franklin after the end of its lease. (Martin Cassidy/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jondie boutique to move into new space in Franklin as lease ends

A locally owned Franklin boutique is looking for new downtown location.

The new extension of the Mack C. Hatcher Parkway opened Nov. 29. (Lacy Klasel/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Mack C. Hatcher Parkway extension opens to traffic

The roadway had been under construction since 2019.

Gutterglove Inc. announced Nov. 29 it will be moving its headquarters to Franklin. The image above was provided by the company, which manufactures stainless steel gutter guards. Last year the company spent $5.4 million to build a factory in Rutherford County.
Gutterglove Inc. to move headquarters to Franklin in January

Gutterglove Inc. announced Nov. 29 it will move its corporate headquarters to Franklin from Roseville, California.

The Franklin and Brentwood areas have a number of local businesses to support and shop this holiday season. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Waldo's Chicken & Beer will open in the former location of Captain D's on New Hwy. 96 West. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Boundary map of annexation
Franklin leaders vote to expand boundary for development near Clovercroft Road

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