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.


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