By Rick Palsgrove
Long hoped for improvements to Saltzgaber, Toy, and Swisher roads will begin this summer.
For many years, area residents have been frustrated by the roadways’ poor condition and the heavy traffic from nearby commercial warehouses that use these narrow, formerly rural roads. The residents want relief from the vehicle and semi-truck traffic they say damages the roads, tears up yards, knocks over mailboxes, causes noise, generates trash, and creates congestion.
The three roads fall within several government jurisdictions including Madison Township, Groveport, Obetz, and Franklin County.
Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst said the improvements are combined into a single construction contract to be managed by the Franklin County Engineer.
Saltzgaber Road reconstruction
According to Farst, Saltzgaber Road will be reconstructed from its intersection with Groveport Road to its connection at Toy Road.
“On Saltzgaber Road, the road will be widened to three lanes and a cul-de-sac (for turn arounds) will be located about 170 feet south of Saltzgaber’s connection to Toy Road,” said Farst. “The link between Saltzgaber and Toy Road will be preserved.”
“The limits of construction include Saltzgaber Road from Groveport Road to the 90 degree turn at Toy Road,” said Carla Marable, Franklin County Engineer’s Office director of communications. “The project includes 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 will also construct 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.”
Marable said the project was combined and bid together with the Toy Road and Swisher Road improvements project.
“The contractor’s low bid for the overall project was $2.26 million,” said Marable. “Funding is provided by Franklin County Motor Vehicle Registration and Gas User Fees, the city of Groveport, Madison Township, the Ohio Public Works Commission, the Franklin County Transportation Improvement District, and private partners.”
Marable said closure of Toy Road began on June 1. Local access to the residents of Toy Road, Swisher Road, and Saltzgaber Road will be maintained throughout construction. Substantial completion is scheduled for fall 2021 with a final completion by spring 2022.
When asked why the reconstruction is necessary, Marable said, “Saltzgaber Road is an old township road, currently maintained by Madison Township and the city of Groveport, that was never expected to handle the volume and type of traffic it will see with the increased development in the area. Nearby recent warehouse projects will increase traffic. This generated the need for the proposed two-way left-turn lane on Saltzgaber Road and designated turn lanes on Groveport Road accessing Saltzgaber Road.”
Farst added that the reconstruction is needed because “the existing Saltzgaber Road is of insufficient condition both in thickness of pavement and width for current and anticipated traffic conditions.”
Toy and Swisher roads improvements
“This project provides pavement maintenance and drainage improvements along Swisher Road and Toy Road from Centerpoint Parkway to the 90 degree turn at Saltzgaber Road,” said Marable. “The project will also construct Toy Road with dual cul-de-sacs east of the intersection of Centerpoint Parkway.”
Marable reiterated this project was combined and bid together with the Saltzgaber Road improvements project. The contractor’s low bid for the overall project was $2.26 million.
Funding is provided by Franklin County Motor Vehicle Registration and Gas User Fees, the city of Groveport, Madison Township, the Ohio Public Works Commission, the Franklin County Transportation Improvement District, and private partners.
“The Franklin County Engineer’s Office took advantage of a private public partnership by combining funds from the Saltzgaber Developer and Ohio Public Works Commission,” said Marable.
Closure of Toy Road began on June 1. Local access to the residents of Toy Road, Swisher Road, and Saltzgaber Road will be maintained throughout construction. Substantial completion is scheduled for fall 2021 with a final completion of spring 2022.
Farst noted the pavement condition is degraded and needs improved
Added Marable, “These portions of Toy Road and Swisher Road are older residential-type township roadways that are currently maintained by Madison Township and the city of Groveport. The continued increase in commuter and commercial traffic using these roadways has left portions of the roads in disrepair. The improvement will repair the roadway so the residents can safely and efficiently access their homes. The project provides dual cul-de-sacs east of Centerpoint Parkway that will act as turnaround locations for commercial traffic. Throughout construction, further investigation and study of the impacts of the construction closure of Toy Road by the Franklin County Engineer’s Office will provide necessary and critical data to determine if a long term closure of Toy Road (between the two cul-de-sacs) will be appropriate.”