The last week of September brought the excitement of the 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse as well as the long-awaited opening of Franklin Street in the City of Greenfield. On a bright Monday morning following the lunar eclipse, 10 years of project history in-the-making culminated with the September 28th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Franklin Street ­— just in time for Greenfield’s Annual Riley Days Festival.

Little did Greenfield resident Mike Bielefeld know when he hopped on his bicycle and headed for the Pennsy Trail, he would be helping Mayor Chuck Fewell cut the ribbon and dedicate the newly completed project. After opening remarks and a brief overview of the project, Mayor Fewell invited the “guy on the bike” to come up and help cut the ribbon.

The road improvements transformed Franklin Street from rough and rugged to smooth and finished while also correcting poor drainage issues and adding new parking for INDOT’s Greenfield District. The project reconstructed Franklin Street from Davis Road to US 40 as two unique sections. The section north of Tague Street included two 12-foot lanes with a 14-foot center turn-lane. The section south of Tague Street included two 12-foot lanes with two six-foot shoulders.

United Consulting provided construction inspection services for this Franklin Street project which was designed by A&F Engineering. The prime contractor was Milestone Contractors, L.P.