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Granville Street

Potential traffic solution complicated by contaminated land


Pataskala's street committee heard a recommendation Aug. 18 from city officials to alleviate traffic concerns on Granville Street but the solution would require a constructed reroute through contaminated land.

Several residents told the street committee July 21 it is difficult for school buses and garbage trucks to navigate Granville Street when cars are parked along the narrow roadway.

John Grosse of Stantec Engineering said one solution could be to make Granville Street one way to the west and continue the one-way designation south on Mulberry Street.

A temporary connection would have to be made from Mulberry Street, a dead end, to Broadway Street. Broadway would remain a two-way street east of Licking Street, he said.

However, the connection between Mulberry and Broadway would run through a property once used by Matlack Trucking, which is defunct.

According to records from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Matlack Trucking used eight acres at 250 Mill St. "as a truck-washing and maintenance facility from the 1950s to 1987. The Matlack trucks carried liquid chemical products and hazardous wastes for industry. Wastewater from the cleaning of the empty tanker trucks was directed to three former infiltration ponds and occasionally sprayed onto the ground. Releases from leaking underground storage tanks systems containing diesel fuel occurred at the site."

Cleanup ensued in 1979 after the OEPA received a complaint about an oil sheen on the Muddy Fork, a tributary of the Licking River that is 300 feet south of the site.

Matlack Trucking "constructed an interception trench and recovered free product from 1979 to 1981," according to the OEPA. "After Matlack removed two underground storage tanks in 1981, they installed a recovery well in October 1982."

The trucking company moved operations to Grove City in 1987 and filed for bankruptcy in 2001. It no longer is in business.

The OEPA has continued to monitor the site, adjacent residential areas and the city's nearby water plant to ensure contaminants are not leaking, according to the OEPA website.

Grosse said the solution could cost $128,000 if there are no issues with the former Matlack site.

City Councilman Tim Hickin, who used to work for the OEPA's emergency and remedial-response department, said the city would have to determine if part of the site could be purchased and used for a road.

He said certain contaminated sites can be used for roads or parking lots.

City Administrator Benjamin King said city officials would research the road connection further before making a recommendation to City Council.

He said if the option were presented to City Council, city officials would invite residents to an open house to talk about the proposal.

In other business Aug. 18, street committee members learned the second phase of repairs to Mink Street, expected to be completed in 2016 or 2017, could cost more than $6 million.

The project would include reconstruction from the bridge at Havens Corner Road to Broad Street.

The lanes would be widened to 12 feet and the road would include a four-foot paved shoulder on each side, King said. The project also would realign the intersection of Mink Street and Cleveland Road Southwest.

Mayor Mike Compton said Mink Street has a sharp grade up to the railroad tracks at the intersection of Mink Street and Cleveland Road Southwest. He said the grade needs to be changed.

Grosse said the city has two options to widen the road.

Both options would affect 97 property owners. One option would require the city to purchase five entire lots and the other would require the city to buy only one entire lot.

Street committee members said they prefer the option that would not require as many lot purchases.

Grosse agreed to keep the committee updated as the project moves forward.