Groveport Council addressing some traffic issues

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Groveport City Council is looking for ways to keep traffic flowing smoothly during construction this summer on west Groveport Road.

On June 14, council declared the area along Groveport Road between Swisher Road and Greenpointe Drive a construction zone and temporarily reduced the speed limit on Groveport Road there to 35 mph. Work is underway to add turn lanes on Groveport Road at Saltzgaber Road.

“It’s all about safety,” said Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst. “They (Franklin County) also want to try to maintain two-way traffic there during construction.”

The construction on Groveport Road is part of a project that includes the reconstruction of Saltzgaber Road to provide a three lane typical roadway section with a two-way left-turn lane along the majority of the alignment. The project also includes the construction of an eastbound left turn lane, an eastbound right turn lane, and a westbound left turn lane on Groveport Road at its intersection with Saltzgaber Road. The project will also improve the intersection of Groveport Road and Saltzgaber Road.

One way alleys
Council plans to postpone indefinitely legislation that would change narrow Canal Street and Shoemaker Alley to one way streets. The proposal was to make Shoemaker Alley one way west and Canal Street one way east.

However, council asked city officials to conduct a study of all the alleys in the city to determine the most effective traffic patterns for the alley system. Currently some alleys are one way only and others are not.

No bouncing around
Council is considering legislation to prohibit visitors to the city’s parks from having a bounce house or other inflatable entertainment items at a park. Additionally, the same legislation would prohibit the stapling or nailing of signs, flyers, etc., to picnic tables, shelter houses, or any park facility.

Property damage restitution
Council is considering legislation that would enable the city to seek restitution from people who cause damage to public property.

“We wanted to formalize a process that provides the opportunity for us to seek reimbursement for costs when individuals cause damage to public property,” said
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “I anticipate this process will be used mainly for damage from traffic accidents. On occasion a traffic accident can result in damage to public property, such as guardrails, street signs, and light poles. In the past the city has paid for these repairs. Instead of eating the cost for the repairs, the city would work with the individual’s insurance provider to seek reimbursement.”

King said there have not necessarily been a frequency accidents lately that triggered this process.

“However, we want to have the process and fees in place for whenever an accident does occur,” said King. “In the past, guardrails, street signs, and light poles have been damaged.”

When asked if this ordinance would also apply when individuals vandalize public property, King said, “This is geared more toward damage from traffic accidents, but if someone intentionally damaged public property, we would do what we could to seek reimbursement for the cost of repairs.”

King said the amount of money the city could save if this legislation is enacted is difficult to estimate.

“This is all based on damage to public property,” said King. “However, this will save the city money any time damage occurs to public property and we can recoup the cost for repair.”

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