|Hilliard Postmaster Roy King, Jr. shows Congresswoman Deborah Pryce and Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt what improvements are being made at the Hilliard Post Office.|
Long-awaited improvements to the traffic pattern and parking lots at the Hilliard Post Office at 4000 Leap Rd. are finally nearing completion.
The U.S. Postal Service project got underway in mid-June and is expected to be done in September. Hilliard Postmaster Roy King said plans for the upgrades have been in the works on an off-and-on basis during the nine years he has been at the facility.
King recently gave a tour of the site to U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Upper Arlington), Ohio Rep. Larry Wolpert (R-Hilliard), Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt and Hilliard Economic Development Director David Meeks. All have been actively involved in helping to make the project a success.
“It’s great to see it all come to fruition,” said Pryce.
Motorists currently are forced to line up along the busy Leap Road in order to pull into the Post Office’s one-way entrance, creating potentially dangerous traffic situations.
Mayor Schonhardt said safety has been an issue. “I think it will provide for much more access to the facility and improve safety for the people coming to the Post Office,” commented said Mayor Schonhardt.
Postal Service architect officials said the main entry is being reworked to allow for a more logical traffic flow and to eliminate “pinch points” in the travel path. The front parking lot is being expanded and redirected to remove the Leap Road entrance. Brown Park Drive to the south will offer the only access to the facility. The rear parking lot is also being expanded and redirected to accommodate need.
Hilliard’s Post Office is the largest associate facility in the 50-county Columbus District with only one retail operation. The Post Office was built in 1987 and expanded once in 1995.
“It will be a huge upgrade for this facility,” stated King. “I feel this project will increase ease of using this facility and will benefit our customers for years to come.”