State Route 6 (Franklin Road)Williamson County
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TDOT plans to make improvements to Franklin Road, from south of SR 441 (Moores Lane) to SR 253 (Concord Road) in Williamson County. The project includes reconstruction and widening from approximately 2.63 miles.
Preliminary work on the project began summer 2017. Originally, the project was expected to be completed in fall 2020; however, a multitude of utility conflicts have extended the timeline for the project and the scheduled phases of construction have been adjusted accordingly. Phase I is on schedule to be completed in December 2020, with Phase II to be completed in April 2022.
Unexpected utility issues have created conflicts that have prevented the project from moving forward. TDOT and the contract are working diligently to resolve the issues, and every effort is being made to progress work.
The Franklin Road project requires an exceptionally large number of utility relocations. It’s typical for TDOT to coordinate multiple utility relocations for urban widening projects. Similar projects of this size typically require line relocations between five to six utility companies. TDOT is coordinating with TWELVE different utilities for the Franklin Road project.
In addition to the extensive utility relocation work, the contractor has made significant progress building retaining walls and box culverts, installing storm drain, and performing gradework wherever possible.
Currently, work is underway to install gas and sewer lines, as well as fiber installation.
TDOT anticipates the bulk of the major utility relocations to be completed in October 2019, including utility poles that need to be moved before grading work can begin. Once the relocations are done, more dirt work will get underway. The first traffic swap to the new pavement is expected in spring 2020.
The contractor is required to maintain sight distance, including trimming of overgrown brush, for safety purposes within the project area. Several cycles of mowing per year are also included in the construction contract; however, tall grass is expected within the project limits due to a species of fast-growing grass that has been planted along the route for erosion control during construction.
The project is still on schedule to meet the contract completion date of April 2022.