Street repaving, school safety project to start in Franklin

The city of Franklin will be resurfacing Riley Boulevard this summer from South Main Street to Second Street. The cost of the project is estimated at $616,698, with the city paying $175,395 of the project costs. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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The city of Franklin will be resurfacing Riley Boulevard this summer from South Main Street to Second Street. The cost of the project is estimated at $616,698, with the city paying $175,395 of the project costs. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Motorists who use Riley Boulevard in Franklin should notice some improvements this summer.

Franklin City Council on Monday approved final legislation for the repaving of Riley Boulevard, which is also the truck route for Ohio 73 going through the city.

The bulk of the estimated $616,698 repaving project is being funded through the Ohio Department of Transportation, with the city contributing an estimated $175,395 in local funds.

City Engineer Barry Conway said the project is scehedule to be let out for bid in April and that the repaving work should be completed this summer.

In a related transportation issue, council approved preliminary legislation for another ODOT-funded project that the city began planning in 2013, according to Conway.

The Safe Routes to School Project will include the installation of a rapid-flashing beacon sign at the intersection of Fourth Street and Sherman Drive.

In addition, the project would also install new handicapped ramps and crosswalk pavement markings and signs at that intersection as well as at theree other intersections located at Sherman Drive and Apache, Farm Avenue and South River/South Main Street, and at Stadia Drive and Arlington Avenue.

ODOT estimates the project to cost about $154,558, with the city’s estimated share at $14,558.