Schools begin reopening soon; please drive cautiously in active school zones

Starting this Friday, school zones in Franklin will become active as area kids begin heading back to school under limited-capacity plans. Officers will be vigilant in active school zones across the city, focusing on speeding drivers, improper passing, and Tennessee’s law on cell phone use. 

Franklin Police Officers will be closely monitoring bus routes and citing drivers who disregard the flashing red lights and stop signs on school buses.

Motorists should anticipate slower than usual traffic in and around school zones. To avoid being late to your destination, drivers should plan to leave earlier than usual. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about safely crossing the street and walking through parking lots.

 

The minimum fine for
speeding in a school zone
or illegally passing a stopped school bus:
 $139.75

Drivers must be aware of & comply with traffic direction by Franklin Police School Patrol Crossing Guards. Motorists should be prepared to stop and follow their instructions.

Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school website to familiarize themselves with drop-off and pick-up information.

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I-65 S exit ramp to Goose Creek Bypass/Peytonsville Road Closed through 8pm

Following an injury crash in which a vehicle crashed into and severed the support column to an overhead sign, the I-65 southbound exit ramp to Goose Creek Bypass (Peytonsville Road) is CLOSED to all traffic. This is to ensure the safety of motorists, as it is currently unsafe to travel under that unstable overhead sign.

All southbound I-65 traffic destined for the Goose Creek Bypass (Berry Farms, Ladd Park, Stream Valley, etc.) MUST exit at either Murfreesboro Road or I-840.

TDOT estimates that the repairs needed to reopen the ramp will be complete around 8:00 Monday night. Follow @FranklinTNPD on Twitter for updates on the re-opening of this ramp.

Serious crash closes I-65 S in Franklin

UPDATE: October 7, 2019:
It is with earnest sorrow for his family and friends that the Department confirms the death of Mr. Yuniel Reyes Abreu. On Friday, October 4, Mr. Abreu succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the October 3 crash on I-65 in Franklin. 


UPDATE: October 4, 2019:
All lanes re-opened at approximately 4:50, Thursday afternoon. 

The driver of the semi, 25-year-old Yuniel Reyes Abreu, of Florida, remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt. The SUV originally thought to have been struck by the truck’s trailer was determined to have been struck by part of the truck’s load. Injuries related to that vehicle were minor.

A northbound vehicle was struck by flying debris and suffered minor damage — there were no injuries to anyone in that car. 

The semi was pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with several steel rings and a large block of metal weighing about 10 tons.

Call Franklin Police if you witnessed the crash
or the events leading up to it: (615) 794-2513. 



October 3, 2019:
At 12:20 this afternoon emergency personnel responded to I-65 S at Murfreesboro Road after reports came in of a semi that had crashed and caught fire. Officers determined that the southbound semi, which was pulling a lightly-loaded flatbed, hit a roadside overpass support column before losing control and bursting into flames. The driver was able to escape, but was seriously burned. He was airlifted to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is receiving treatment. A second vehicle was struck by the truck’s trailer during the crash but no one else was seriously injured.

As a precaution, the Murfreesboro Rd (96E) overpass was temporarily closed until a TDOT Bridge Inspector confirmed the bridge was safe for vehicles.

Current situation:
I-65 S traffic is being forced off at Murfreesboro Road, re-entering the Interstate via the Murfreesboro Rd/I-65 southbound entrance ramp. Cleanup is underway, but it has yet to be determined when the Interstate will re-open. Motorists are strongly advised to seek an I-65 alternate. Area alternates are also growing increasingly congested.

Updates will be made via @FranklinTNPD Twitter.

School’s back in session this week; keeping kids safe a top FPD priority

Starting Wednesday, school zones in Franklin will be active as Franklin Special School District children head back to class. Williamson County students start back on Friday. Officers will be vigilant in designated school zones across the city, focusing on speeding drivers, improper passing, and Tennessee’s law on cell phone use. 

According to this startling statistic, most of the children killed in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who are hit by drivers illegally passing a stopped school bus. Franklin Police Officers will be closely monitoring bus routes and citing drivers who disregard the flashing red lights and stop signs on school buses.

Motorists should expect slow-moving traffic in and around school zones. To avoid being late to your destination, you should leave earlier than usual. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about safely crossing the street and walking through parking lots.

The Department will be closely monitoring the 14 school zones throughout the city. Drivers who break the law, especially in school zones, should expect to be cited.

 

The minimum fine for
speeding in a school zone
or
illegally passing a stopped school bus:
 $139.75

 

Drivers must be aware of and comply with all directions given to them by Franklin Police School Patrol Crossing Guards. Motorists must be prepared to stop and follow their instructions.

Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school website to familiarize themselves with drop-off and pick-up information at each school.

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Power outage in downtown Franklin leaves several without

Power is out in much of the downtown Franklin area. This includes businesses, residences, and traffic lights. The outage is due to a truck that got tangled up in some central power lines near Lewisburg & E. Fowlkes.

MOTORISTS:
Avoid downtown Franklin thru-traffic until further notice.
Use Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway to bypass the downtown area.

Lewisburg PIke should be completely avoided for thru-traffic between Mack Hatcher & downtown.

It’s hot, and several are without AC. If you have elderly friends or loved ones in the downtown area, call or stop by to check on them. Special needs population without power, especially the elderly and parents with babies, should consider visiting a public building that has power. If you are unable to get out without assistance, call so we can send someone to help you: (615) 794-2513.

Estimated additional outage time as of 10:00 am: 1-2 hours

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DUI checkpoint announced, this weekend in Franklin

Sunday night, the Franklin Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Hillsboro Road to help stop impaired drivers. Checkpoints are one of the many traffic safety measures the FPD uses to prevent DUI crashes. We ask Franklin drivers to exercise caution and never drive while impaired.

DUI TrailerThrough grant funding awarded by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, the FPD is provided with support and resources that help to combat impaired driving, including sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, equipment, and overtime pay for Franklin Police Officers conducting those checkpoints and patrols.

Did you know that Tennessee law requires the pre-publication of sobriety checkpoints? Learn more.

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Does your child attend Franklin Elementary, MAC, or Head Start? Does your commute include Columbia Avenue? Important info you need to know before Monday

Starting at 4:00 pm today, Cannon Street will be closed for repairs to a sinkhole.

  • Starting Monday, parents dropping off at Franklin Elementary will enter from Battle Ave. and exit using Fairground St. to Columbia Ave.
  • MAC and Head Start students will be dropped off and picked up at the south entrance (like Summer MAC) of the Franklin Special School District Annex and exit via Fairground St. to Columbia Ave.

Franklin Police Officers will be on hand to assist with expected congestion. Officers will, however, not be able to alleviate it. Parents, as well as Columbia Avenue commuters, should allow extra time for expected delays.


Comenzando el lunes, 1 de abril, la Calle Cannon estará cerrada al tránsito escolar. Todos los carros

tendrán que entrar por la Avenida Battle y salir por la Calle Fairground hacia la Avenida Columbia.

Estudiantes de MAC y Head Start deben bajarse y ser recogido por la entrada sur (como se hace para

MAC en el verano) del Anejo de FSSD.

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Liberty Pike railroad crossing to close for repair, Thursday

If your commute includes crossing the tracks on Liberty Pike (near The Factory), you will need to detour starting at about 7am on Thursday 2/28. CSX will be closing the crossing while they complete repairs. The crossing will not re-open until the work is complete, which could be as late as Saturday.

Murfreesboro Rd and Franklin Rd are the designated alternates. Detour signs will be in place. Motorists should plan on an increase in traffic and travel times on those alternate routes.

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Fans don’t let fans drive drunk; DUI checkpoint announced, this weekend in Franklin

Late Sunday night, the Franklin Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Murfreesboro Road to help stop impaired drivers. Checkpoints are one of the many traffic safety measures the FPD uses to prevent DUI crashes. We ask Franklin drivers to exercise caution and never drive while impaired.

DUI TrailerThrough grant funding awarded by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, the FPD is provided with support and resources that help to combat impaired driving, including sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, equipment, and overtime pay for Franklin Police Officers conducting those checkpoints and patrols.

Did you know that Tennessee law requires the pre-publication of sobriety checkpoints? Learn more.

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School back in session this week; keeping kids safe top FPD priority

Starting Wednesday, school zones in Franklin will be active as Franklin Special School District children head back to class. Williamson County students start back on Friday. Officers will be vigilant in designated school zones across the city, focusing on speeding drivers, improper passing, and enforcing Tennessee’s ban on cell phone use in school zones.

TCA 55-8-207, which went into effect on January 1, prohibits the use of a handheld mobile device in an active school zone. Drivers over 18 are permitted to talk on their phone in a school zone only while using a hands-free device. Drivers under 18, however, are prohibited, completely, from talking on their phone while driving — even with a hands-free device.

According to this startling statistic, most of the children killed in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who are hit by drivers illegally passing a stopped school bus. Franklin Police Officers will be closely monitoring bus routes and citing drivers who disregard the flashing red lights and stop signs on school buses.

Motorists should expect slow-moving traffic in and around school zones. To avoid being late to your destination, you should leave earlier than usual. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about safely crossing the street and walking through parking lots.

“Franklin Police Officers will be closely monitoring the 14 school zones throughout the city,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Drivers who break the law, especially in school zones, can expect to be cited.” 

 

The minimum fine for
speeding in a school zone
or
illegally passing a stopped school bus:
 $139.75

 

Drivers must be aware of and comply with all directions given to them by Franklin Police School Patrol Crossing Guards. Motorists must be prepared to stop and follow their instructions.

Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school website to familiarize themselves with drop-off and pick-up information at each school.

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