Groveport Council approves long range plans for street, water, sewer improvements

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Infrastructure upgrades are on the way as Groveport City Council approved updating the city’s five year capital improvement plan, which includes proposed street, water, sewer and storm water projects.

“The city has 39 miles of sanitary sewer lines and 39 percent of them are more than 25 years old,” said Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst.

Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall said the plan includes several projects that were part of previous plans.

“We have also included a few major additions, the most evident being the inclusion of an annual street maintenance program,” said Hall.

The city plans to apply for Ohio Public Works Commission grants for two of the proposed projects in the plan: the Hendron Road reconstruction; and the west Bixby Road pavement rehabilitation from Madison Christian School to Hendron Road.

According to Farst, the Hendron Road reconstruction project would include lowering the road, installing curbs and gutters, a sidewalk on the east side of the road from Main Street to the Orchard subdivision at Cherry Blossom Drive, and a new water main from Main Street to Glendening Drive.

Some of the other proposed projects and the year they could be undertaken include: Wirt Road walkways from College Street to Heritage Park in 2015 and from Heritage Park to Main Street in 2016; north Center Street reconstruction in 2015-16; north West Street reconstruction in 2016-17; widening Groveport Road at the entrance to Groveport Park in 2017-18; Wirt Road reconstruction in 2018-19; Elm, Center, and West street water main improvements west of College Street in 2016-17; Elm, Walnut, and Grove street water main improvements east of College Street in 2017-18; Hanstein Addition water main improvements in 2015; and Front Street water services replacement in 2015.

The street maintenance portion of the plan includes milling and filling, spot repair, and crack sealing of streets.

Streets targeted in the next three years for this work include: streets in the  Elmont Place, Founders Bend, Newport and Westport subdivisions; Canal Street, Cherry Street, College Street, Elm Street, Hanstein Addition streets, Hendron Road north of State Route 317, and Walnut Street.

Streets proposed for street maintenance in years four and five of the plan include: Directors Boulevard, east Bixby Road, Old Hamilton Road, Firehouse Lane, Glendening Drive, Greenpoint Drive, Grovepoint Drive, Groveport Road west to Swisher Road, Marketing Place, Tallman Street near Green Avenue, Toy Road from Swisher Road to near Centerpoint Parkway, West Street, and Kinsel Avenue.

Councilman Ed Rarey said Cron Drive should be listed in the street maintenance plan.

“Cron Drive is full of chuck holes and there is also a dangerous tree there,” said Rarey.

In an Aug. 25 report, Hall noted the holes will be filled and the tree is on city property and will be removed.

Farst said he would review the portion of Cherry Street east of Lesleh Avenue that does not have a sidewalk or curb and gutters.

The five-year capital improvement plan also calls for obtaining two mobile generators for the sanitary sewer lift stations, conducting sanitary sewer inspections, sanitary sewer service to The Links at Groveport golf course and sanitary sewer rehabilitation for the Glendening area connector.

To obtain a full list of the proposed projects, call 830-2043.

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