By Rick Palsgrove
It was once a little used country lane, but now narrow Toy Road has become a heavily traveled commercial artery with modern problems.
“Toy Road was originally for residential and agricultural use. Now large commercial vehicles and countless employees are wearing Toy Road out,” wrote long time Madison Township and Toy Road residents Andy and Laurie Lyles in a letter to the Southeast Messenger. “Someone is going to be seriously injured without attention to this condition. We are pleading for help to alleviate this unsafe, chaotic nightmare.”
Toy Road area residents have complained to the Madison Township trustees that additional traffic from warehouse workers and semi-trucks on Toy, Saltzgaber and Swisher roads is wearing out the roads as well as their patience. Property owners claim the once rural roads are now used by speeders and trucks that damage front yards. They suggested dead-ending Toy Road to block truck and through traffic.
Madison Township Road Superintendent Terry Spangler previously said Franklin County studied the speed and traffic in the area a few years ago and dropped the limit to 35 miles per hour. A guard rail was installed, but it was damaged within a week.
Toy Road runs east to west from Saltzgaber Road to Alum Creek Drive. Parts of the road run through the jurisdictions of Obetz, Madison Township and Groveport.
In a report to Groveport City Council on Oct. 28, Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall said, “Last year legislation was adopted prohibiting trucks from turning onto Swisher Road from Groveport Road, but this has not solved the problem.”
According to Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst, officials from Obetz, Groveport, Madison Township, MORPC, and the Franklin County Engineer’s Office met in September to discuss possible solutions to the traffic problems on Toy, Saltzgaber and Swisher roads.
Hall said officials plan to conduct a study and consider the possibility of extending Toy Road east to connect with Greenpointe Drive. The officials also plan to request funding for the study through State Representative Heather Bishoff.
Hall said officials are in the preliminary phases of seeking the funding for the study so it is not known when the study would be completed. Brobst said officials will meet again in November to continue discussions.
“We’re looking for a long term solution,” said Hall. “The primary problem is the truck traffic trying to make the 90 degree turn once they get where they are not supposed to be. The current Toy Road would probably be improved as well as expanded to adequately hold the truck traffic. The study would dictate this.”
Hall said a potential extension of Toy Road east to Greenpointe Drive would fall within Groveport’s city limits.
“It would run through part of our industrial area and could open it up for future commercial development,” said Hall.
Messenger staff writer Linda Dillman contributed to this story.