Eastbound Franklin Boulevard traffic detoured at Chester Street

Eastbound traffic on Franklin Boulevard/U.S. 74 near downtown Gastonia is being detoured. An accident Thursday, April 4 is also affecting Broad Street near Franklin, with drivers being advised to avoid that area.

Official detour routes:

  • Eastbound Franklin Boulevard is closed at Chester Street. Traffic must turn right/south on Chester, then turn eastbound on Garrison to New Hope Road.
  • Westbound travel on Franklin Boulevard remains open.
  • Broad Street traffic must turn right on Second Avenue, then left on Avon or Chestnut Streets. An alternate is to take Church Street to Franklin Boulevard.

According to Gastonia Police, Public Works and Public Utilities officials, a truck headed north on Broad Street clipped an electric pole just before 8:30 a.m. No one was injured, but repairs to the utility pole and electric lines could take most of today (Thursday). –