By BROOKE WANSER
A widening project on Hillsboro Road that has dragged past a projected finish date of June 21, will be completed by Nov. 22, Franklin city officials reported Tuesday.
“The original completion date was an extremely aggressive schedule of July,” Ward Two Alderman Dana McLendon said.
McLendon, whose ward the project is in, said he is telling constituents the project will be finished “between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” but that “the tricky part is done.”
“We had a couple of utility relocation issues,” McLendon said, pointing to what led to the finish date being delayed. “The thing that made it tricky in part was a huge water line, sewer, cable, electric, phone, et cetera, all going through the eye of a needle right there.”
McLendon did not anticipate any additional price tag to be added on to the contract for the extension of construction.
“I went door to door the other day, and for the most part, the people there are ready to see it done, but they’re very pleased with what they’re getting,” McLendon noted, “because their property values are going up.”
“They had no sidewalks, no shoulder, no nothing,” McLendon continued. “And now they’re getting a sidewalk that goes all the way to downtown.”