Vehicle crashes increase at SR 317 and Groveport Road; plus other Groveport news

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

The busy intersection of State Route 317 and Groveport Road has seen its share of traffic accidents recently.

Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams said there has been an increase in traffic accidents recently in the area of the Groveport Road, State Route 317, and Greenpointe Drive corridor during the peak season of new seasonal employees working in the warehouses in the city’s industrial parks.

“Two of these accidents caused extensive road closure time on State Route 317 in the area of Groveport Road,” said Adams. “The accidents involved semi-trucks that either jack-knifed north of the intersection or a semi-truck that ran off the road south of the intersection. Both incidents caused about six hours of State Route 317 road closures and more than 10 hours of man power (police) over time.”

Adams said, overall, the city of Groveport has seen a four percent decrease in auto accidents from 2020 to 2021. However, there is a 41 percent increase in auto accidents when specifically comparing November 2020 to November 2021. He said 27 percent of these November accidents occurred between 6-9 a.m. and 64 percent occurred between 2-10 p.m.

Other Groveport news
•Council approved legislation to prohibit parking on the fire hydrant side of West Street.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said there is an ongoing issue of multiple vehicles being parked on both sides of West Street making it difficult for snow plows, leaf clean up trucks, and delivery trucks to maneuver on the street. Additionally, he said, having vehicles parked on the fire hydrant side of the street is a safety issue.

There is also an issue of parked cars blocking mailboxes. The mailboxes in this area are on both sides of the street.

City officials will contact the Post Office to see if all the mailboxes can be placed on the fire hydrant side of the street.

•Council rejected, by a 5-1 vote, a final development plan for a temporary storage and stockpile area on 24 vacant acres on South Hamilton Road east of the railroad and north of Lowery Court. Councilman Ed Dildine was the lone approving vote.

King said council indicated it prefers a more permanent use be developed on the site. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission also did not recommend the plan.

•Groveport’s fourth annual Blacklick Haunted Park event last October raised $3,816 that was donated to Groveport Madison Human Needs. Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr said the funds were generated from the sale of 632 tickets for the event plus additional donations.

“It’s the most money that has been generated from this event,” said Carr.

Added Councilman Shawn Cleary, “This event is a class act. The people running it put in a lot of work on it.”

•Groveport Public Service Director Brian Strayer said city workers collected nearly 61,000 pounds of leaves in November.

•Regarding street tree maintenance, Strayer said: 61 trees were removed, including 35 identified as hazardous; 65 trees will be pruned this winter by Arbor Barber; and 80 new trees will be planted in 2022.

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