Olde Pickerington's "road to nowhere" soon could become a destination for local motorists and developers.

Olde Pickerington's "road to nowhere" soon could become a destination for local motorists and developers.

Town Square Drive was constructed nine years ago as an entryway to Olde Pickerington Village from Hill Road North but stopped about 700 feet short of a connection with Center Street because Bus Service Inc. owned a service garage on approximately 3.15 acres directly in its path.

Since then, city officials have looked to market the roadway to developers and extend it to improve local traffic.

Now, they might have a plan.

On July 21, Pickerington City Council heard the first reading of legislation to spend up to $125,000 to connect Town Square Drive to Center Street by including it in a project to install a $1.1-million storm sewer in the area.

"We can save money because we would be doing it all at one time and there's no mobilization of costs for separate contractors," Pickerington city engineer Greg Bachman said.

The connection is possible because the city purchased the Bus Service site for $390,000 in November 2003. The company vacated the land 10 months later.

Council is expected to hear a second reading of the proposed legislation on Aug. 4. If no problems arise, the project could launch in October, and the eastern extension of Town Square Drive could be completed in November.

"The time to act is now because of the limited time we have for (Beheler) working on the water line down there," said Councilman Brian Wisniewski, who chairs council's service committee.

According to Bachman, the extension would better disperse traffic through Olde Pickerington by providing another arterial through the historic downtown. It also could create commercial development opportunities.

"If we connect Town Square Drive to Center Street, that opens up Town Square Drive on both sides to development," he said.