County moves ahead with closure of portion of Bowman Street
CARNESVILLE – The potential for a future industry and jobs overrode the pleas of a group of residents to keep a portion of a Lavonia street open to traffic.
Franklin County Commissioners voted 4-0 Monday to close the stretch of Bowman Street from the Lavonia city limits to Highway 59.
By closing that portion of the street, property zoned for industrial development that is split by the road can be rejoined.
The industrial property is owned by Milliken and is the former site of the Sibley plant, a long-time employer in Franklin County.
A large group of residents who live off of Bowman Street objected to the idea during a hearing held by commissioners Monday.
The fear, they told commissioners, is that traffic that currently use Bowman Street as a way into and out of downtown Lavonia will instead be forced onto Hillcrest Drive, which connects Bowman Street with another section of Highway 59.
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