Franklin public workshop set for truck-turnaround proposal

A public workshop on a proposed truck turn-around and information station on U.S. 64 in Franklin will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall boardroom.

The turn-around and station would be located between U.S. 23/441 in Franklin and N.C. 106 in Highlands. The transportation department is proposing the project be specifically be built between Rogers Road and Hiland Park Lane east of Franklin on the south side of U.S. 64/N.C. 28.

This will be an informal, open house-style meeting. The goal is to provide a place where truckers can obtain alternate route information and safely turn around along the U.S. 64/N.C. 28 corridor between Franklin and Highlands. Although large trucks are currently prohibited on this segment of U.S. 64/N.C. 28 in Macon County, some continue to use the road anyway despite warning signs.

The project schedule calls for right-of-way acquisition to begin in November 2013 and for the project contract to be let in July 2014. These dates are tentative and subject to change.  

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