A project to widen Franklin Road between Touchmark Way and Five Mile Road is set to begin November 14. The road segment is currently two-lanes wide and carries 16,000 vehicles each day, exceeding the 15,520 vehicles that it is currently designed to handle. The project will widen Franklin to five lanes with two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane. The project will also construct sidewalks and add bike lanes on both sides of Franklin and will include work by various utility companies to relocate and upgrade services within the project area.
ACHD recently completed Phase One of the federally-funded project, which widened the Franklin/Cloverdale intersection and added sidewalk and bike lanes. Phase Two includes the road widening project which will accommodate anticipated future traffic volumes and reduce delays for motorists. Phase Two construction is funded by $3.8 million in federal dollars. Once the project is finished, Franklin Road will be a continuous five-lane corridor from Linder to Cole.
During construction motorists can anticipate lane restrictions, possible travel delays, construction noise and large equipment and trucks in the area. Construction is anticipated to take one year to complete.
Idaho Sand and Gravel was awarded the construction contract for the Franklin project.