Sometime in the spring, city officials will hold a public meeting regarding what measures to improve traffic safety on East Dublin-Granville Road in the Northland area, according to George Schmidt, chairman of the Northland Area Business Association's State Route 161 Task Force.

Sometime in the spring, city officials will hold a public meeting regarding what measures to improve traffic safety on East Dublin-Granville Road in the Northland area, according to George Schmidt, chairman of the Northland Area Business Association's State Route 161 Task Force.

Speaking at the organization's end-of-year luncheon, Schmidt said a study is underway to address issues at three of the top 10 intersections for serious traffic accidents in central Ohio -- which are on the Northland stretch of East Dublin-Granville Road.

As head of the business association's task force for the corridor, Schmidt said it will be his job to make certain any proposed solutions to the traffic situation are "business-friendly."

Schmidt took the opportunity of the luncheon to discuss the accomplishments of the 161 Task Force during 2016.

Dave Cooper, who was elected to another term as president of NABA, credited Schmidt with getting things done and helping bring about those accomplishments.

"What he did this year was phenomenal, and we've got to keep it going," Cooper said.

Cooper then presented the task force chairman with the association's President's Award for Outstanding Community Service.

During his remarks, Schmidt noted that more than 300 people participated in the task force's cleanups along East Dublin-Granville Road between Ponderosa Drive and the Worthington city limits. They gathered more than 800 bags of trash in 2016, he said.

He also said businesses along the corridor donated $15,000 toward supplemental mowing of the median and curb areas.

"That says we have some vitality," Schmidt said. "It's an important corridor. We feel that (Route) 161 is going to become a destination, not just a way to get to these other places, but a destination again."

That improvement to what was once the major commercial corridor for the neighborhood will come about, the task force chairman said, with the help of residents, businesses, city officials and landlords who own property in the area.

The residents have stepped up by volunteering for the trash pickups, businesses are participating through donations and city officials have been meeting with Schmidt to explore ways to revitalize East Dublin-Granville Road.

That leaves the landlords, according to Schmidt.

"The landlords, we have to sell them (on ideas)," he said. "It's going to be a tough sell."

Still, Schmidt predicted that in perhaps five years East Dublin-Granville Road in Northland will be as spruced up as the Morse Road corridor.

"Things are happening positively," he said. "Things are going well."

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