The Norwich Township trustees are seeking a $381,611 Ohio Public Works Commission grant through the Franklin County Engineer's Office to help resurface or reconstruct Thoburn Road.

"It's great to have some progress on this," said trustee Tim Roberts.

In addition to applying for the grant, Norwich Township reached an agreement for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to pay 45 percent of the cost to repair or rebuild the road, said township administrator Jamie Fisher.

For the past several years, township officials have negotiated with Columbus and Ohio State University officials to share in the cost of repairing the road that provides access from Dublin Road to the Griggs Reservoir Boathouse, 3033 Thoburn Road.

Residents have complained about Thoburn's deterioration since the facility's 2011 opening.

Columbus and the Ohio State University partnered on construction of the boathouse, which also is rented for private use.

Fisher said the township should know by December whether it received the grant.

If the OPWC grant is approved, Fisher said, the trustees and the Franklin County Engineer's Office would begin a study of Thoburn Road to determine whether it could be resurfaced or should be reconstructed, whether to include curbs and gutters and the financial scenarios for each alternative.

Construction would not begin until next year.

Trustees postponed a solution for Thoburn Road until after construction was completed earlier this year on a $3 million lodge at Indian Village Outdoor Education Center near the boathouse on the west side of Griggs Reservoir.

The trustees said it would not be prudent to consider any improvements while construction vehicles utilized Thoburn Road.

Township officials had asked Columbus to explore alternative access to the construction but were advised last year in a letter from Mollie O'Donnell, planning administrator for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, that "we have no other route to access the facilities on the reservoir due to physical constraints."

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