By Rick Palsgrove
The past year was a productive one for the city of Groveport as a long list of infrastructure projects were either completed or are well underway.
The biggest project on last year’s to do list was the West Bixby Road Rehabilitation Project, Phase 2 with a cost of $1.5 million, which is a continuation of the 2017 Bixby Road Phase 1 project. The road reconstruction work for Phase 2 started at the entrance to the Madison Christian School and extended east a distance of about 3,500 feet to the entrance to Three Creeks Metro Park.
According to Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst, the improvements included road reconstruction and paving, a shared-use path, and a new culvert near Madison Christian Church under Bixby Road.
Farst said the road handles about 3,000 vehicles a day and, with future growth in the area, it’s expected traffic will increase to 4,500 vehicles a day.
Other projects last year:
•$516,000 for the South Hamilton Road at Higgins Boulevard Phase 2 including turn lanes and traffic signals.
•$160,000 Groveport Road at State Route 317 safety improvement grant preparation (grant application completed and submitted).
•$400,000 street maintenance program.
•$70,000 for the annual sewer force main replacements (design underway).
•$50,000 for sidewalk replacements.
•$50,000 golf cart replacement at Groveport Municipal Golf Course.
•$35,000 curb ramp replacements on Main Street.
•$25,000 traffic signal poles support on Main Street.
•$13,000 water plant security system and cameras.
•$10,000 fire hydrant upgrades.
Water tank project postponed
Plans for the design (budgeted at $100,000) of a proposed new elevated water tank were postponed.
Farst said the city delayed the start of design because: revenue projections for 2021 were down and thus the timeline for the tank design was delayed; and a chance for potential funding assistance for the design was made available in August 2021, funded by federal COVID relief funds released to Ohio within a program known as the Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant program, which was administered by the Ohio Department of Development.
“An application was filed in September 2021,” said Farst. “As we needed to know the outcome of our application, efforts to secure qualifications and proposals from engineering design firms was put on hold. Results on the funding applications were revealed by the governor’s office. The city was not awarded the grant and thus, in 2022, activities will resume to select the services of a design engineer.”
Farst said a site selection evaluation for the proposed new water tower will be part of the engineering services. As of now, a site is not yet determined.
The city currently has one operating water tower – the 53-year-old, 200,000 gallon water tower located on South Hamilton Road by the water plant.
Alleys and streets
•Potential streets to receive attention in the 2022 street maintenance program are being evaluated and the list could be announced in February.
•Farst said the city will advertise for bids to complete the construction of the proposed storm drainage improvements for Hickory Alley in the next few weeks. The engineer’s estimate is being verified and will be formally announced when the solicitation period begins.
“The improvement areas will include storm sewers within the following alley segments: Brook Alley from Main Street to Hickory Alley and Hickory Alley from Brook Alley to Raver Alley,” said Farst. “This improvement was also nominated for funding by the city in the aforementioned WWWIG program, but funding was not awarded.”
•In 2021, council requested city officials review making the city’s alleys all one way as well as upgrades to the city’s alley system in the historic areas of Groveport.
“The review of the alley system routes as council requested, was a system-wide review,” said Farst. “Bearing in mind that the city’s downtown projects, especially at College and Main streets, necessitated temporary closure of two alleys, traffic patterns at this time are not typical. The city chose to delay the review until the new Main Street buildings are complete and occupied to ensure that the influence of those projects is reflected in the alley review when patterns resume and traffic generated by the new projects is realized. This review and the need for it will be possibly revisited at the end of 2022, at the earliest.”
Capital improvements in 2022
Significant capital projects and purchases proposed for 2022 include:
•$300,000 for street maintenance;
•$185,000 for a two and a half ton snow truck and $140,000 for a front end loader;
•$1 million for cart path replacement and $600,000 for a maintenance building at the Groveport Municipal Golf Course;
•$420,000 for the Hickory and Brook alleys storm alley drainage project;
•$188,000 for safety improvements at Groveport Road and State Route 317;
•$30,000 for sidewalk replacements;
•$70,000 for curb ramp upgrades on Main Street;
•$15,000 for Marketing Place reconstruction and $15,000 for Director’s Boulevard reconstruction.