Ebright Road closure and other Groveport news


Ebright Road closure
Ebright Road, between Bixby Road and U.S. Route 33, will be closed beginning May 15, for bridge improvements over the Coble-Bowman Ditch. This closure is expected to last 21 days, weather permitting, according to the Franklin County Engineer’s Office.

The project will replace the existing reinforced concrete slab structure with new precast slabs on new concrete abutment caps. The estimated cost for the project is $101,654.

“The Ebright Road Bridge over Coble-Bowman Ditch is currently rated in fair condition and was identified as a bridge that could be rehabilitated by Franklin County Bridge Maintenance Crews,” said Franklin County Enginner’s Office Director of
Communications Carla Marable. “Performing this work now allows us to rehabilitate the bridge before if falls into disrepair and becomes a full replacement project. A full replacement is more expensive and requires a longer road closure. This project will primarily involve removing the existing deteriorating deck slab and replacing it with new precast slabs built by the Franklin County Engineer’s Bridge Maintenance Crews.”

Two felony OVI arrests
Groveport Police officers recently made two OVI felony arrests in separte incidents.

According to Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams, OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both) felony arrests involve suspects who have multiple OVI arrests already on their record.

“I can’t remember the last time we had these kind of arrests and now we had two in two days,” said Adams.

On May 5, officers arrested a man who was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of his vehicle near Hendron Road and State Route 317. According to the police report, officers alleged there was an empty gin bottle between the driver’s legs and that the driver “showed the common signs of being intoxicated.” Records showed that the driver was driving under an OVI suspension and had seven prior OVI arrests since 2008. Officers said the driver was uncooperative and refused to be tested. He was placed under arrest for felony OVI.

The second incident occurred May 6 when police spotted a driver speeding on State Route 317 going 79 mph in a 50 mph zone. Police stopped the driver near Greenpointe Drive. He was found to be driving under suspension for a fourth degree felony OVI. According to the police report, the driver “denied drinking anything” but officers alleged “the odor of alcohol was very strong” and that there was a case of beer in the vehicle. The suspect refused to be tested at first but later gave a urine sample. He was cited for his violations and the OVI.

First Thursday
Groveport will hold its First Thursday events this summer in Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road, on June 1, July 6, and Aug. 3 from 4:30-7 p.m. First Thursday features live music, food trucks, more than 40 vendors, giveaways, face painting and bounce house, a petting zoo, and more. The Aug. 3 event will include a dog show. The event and parking are free. Musical performers are; June 1 – Blake Lang; July 6 – Willie Nelson Mandela Jr.; and Aug. 3 – Wade Dow and Dar Kovacs. Giveaways are: June 1 – Groveport Tote Bag; July 6 – baseball hat; and Aug. 3 – pet waste bag dispenser.
For information call 614-836-3333.

Cheerleaders honored
The Groveport Madison Schools Cheer Competition Team was recognized at the May 10 Groveport Madison Board of Education’s meeting for their following accomplishments this school year: Buckeye Nationals Division Champions; March Madness Division Champions; Sheridan Spirit Division Champions; OCC Buckeye Division Champs; State Qualifier Competition; 5th in States; and Divisions Champs in Virginia Beach The One Global Competition and won Rings.

Columbus Air Show
The Columbus Air Show Presented by Scotts will be held at Rickenbacker International Airport, 2241 John Circle Drive, Columbus, on June 16-18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Performers and attractions at the air show include: the United States Navy Blue Angels; the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor; Ohio Air National Guard; the United States Marine Corps C-130 “Fat Albert”; the B-17 “Yankee Lady from the Yankee Air Museum; an F-5 Tiger; the C-47 “Hairless Joe from the Yankee Air Museum; the B-25 “Rosie’s Reply” from the Yankee Air Museum; the P-51 Mustang “Old Crow” based in Central Ohio; and more.

There will also be ground displays, air racing, exhibits, civilian superstars, vintage aircraft, and other experiences.

All tickets and parking passes for the air show are available online at www.ColumbusAirShow.com. Visit www.ColumbusAirShow.com for information and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Commemorative bricks
Honor a veteran or active military member with a personalized brick paver in Groveport’s Veterans Park or Log House Memory Walk. Commemorative bricks may be purchased by calling Groveport Town Hall at 614-836-3333. Deadline to order is Sept. 1.


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