Jul 25

SR 315, Olentangy River Rd, Goodale Blvd, and Twin Rivers Drive work

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 2:09 PM by Laura Oldham

A message from MORPC regarding the work underway near the SR 315 SB exit ramp to Olentangy River Rd: 

Reconstruction near the SR 315 SB Exit Ramp to Olentangy River Rd. started on Monday, July 17. This project will improve the Goodale Blvd/Twin Rivers Dr/Olentangy River Rd intersection and the SR 315/Olentangy River Rd intersection. This $3.5 million project will be complete mid-November of 2017, weather permitting.

Impacts to Traffic: 
  • Twin Rivers Dr. will close for 45 days at the intersection with Goodale Blvd.  
  • Long-term lane closures on Olentangy River Rd. and Goodale Blvd.  
  • Two SB lanes and one NB lane will be maintained on Olentangy River Rd.  
  • One EB lane will be maintained on Goodale Blvd.  
  • Lane closures on SR 315 SB and the SR 315 SB ramp to Olentangy River Rd. 
Intersection Improvements: 
  • SR 315 SB Exit Ramp to Olentangy River Rd. will be widened to 3 lanes at the signal  
  • New dual left turn lanes from SB Olentangy River Rd. to Goodale Blvd.  
  • New right turn lane from NB Olentangy River Rd. to SR 315 SB Ramp  
  • Olentangy River Rd. will be resurfaced north of Goodale Blvd.  
  • Goodale Blvd. will be resurfaced at the intersection with Olentangy River Rd./Twin Rivers Dr.
Project Benefits: 
  • Relieves pressure on Goodale Blvd. & Olentangy River Rd. traffic signals  
  • Moves traffic to and from SR 315 more efficiently  
  • Creates opportunities for new development  
  • Improves safety and reduces congestion on SR 315

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Jul 19

Theft suspect apprehended

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM by Laura Oldham

On July 19, 2017, officers were dispatched to the area of Second Ave and Holly Ave on a report of a male suspect entering and taking property from unsecured vehicles. Responding officers located a person matching the suspect description walking away from several parked cars in an alley just a few blocks away from the initial call. The suspect, later identified as David Johnson, 52 years old, was detained by officers. A witness positively identified Johnson as the person seen entering vehicles. He was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and receiving stolen property, both misdemeanors. Johnson is a repeat offender in the Grandview Heights area and is known to enter unlocked vehicles.

The Grandview Heights Police Department would like to remind residents to please secure their vehicles and do not leave valuable items in plain sight.
David Johnson

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Jun 15

Mosquito Season

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 10:09 AM by Laura Oldham

Mosquito season upon us, so it's a good time to remember some tips to help do your part to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus. Here are some tips and information on trapping data from Franklin County Public Health

Do Your Part to Prevent West Nile Virus

Franklin County Public Health has been actively trapping mosquitoes since Mid-May to monitor the population and test for West Nile virus (WNV). Through this surveillance, we know there is WNV in our community.

It is not unexpected to see WNV in mosquitoes in our community. WNV has been present for many years and historically begins to show up at this time of the year.  It is a good reminder for residents to take precautionary steps to protect themselves and their families.
  • Wear insect repellant containing DEET (follow package directions)  
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active  
  • Eliminate all standing water around your home (mosquitoes breed in water and it doesn’t take much) 
WNV can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include mild fever, headache and body aches, often with skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Eighty percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito will not show any symptoms at all. Less than one percent of those who do have symptoms will become severely ill. Franklin County had one human case of WNV in 2016 and three human cases in 2015.

Franklin County Public Health will continue their comprehensive mosquito control program throughout the mosquito season. Fifty Gravid mosquito traps are set weekly throughout the county to trap and identify culex mosquitoes, which have the potential to carry WNV. The mosquitoes in each trap are identified and grouped into pools of fifty. Based on historical data and/or high trap counts, some mosquito pools are tested for WNV in our facility to give us quick results. All mosquitoes are sent to the Ohio Department of Health for WNV testing.

Here are a few simple suggestions that can make a big difference in controlling the mosquito population in your own backyard:  
  • Empty, remove, cover or turn over any container that has the potential to hold water. 
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.  
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are free of leaves and debris, and are properly draining.
  • Change the water in wading pools weekly and store indoors when not in use.  
  • Properly dispose of old tires. 
  • Empty planters that hold water twice each week. 
  • Empty bird baths weekly. 
  • Empty your pets watering dishes daily.  
  • Use sand to plug holes in trees where water can collect.  
  • Drain or fill low areas on your property that hold water for more than five days.  
  • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their property.
If you have questions, want to complete a service request or need additional information about mosquitoes, call Franklin County Public Health’s Mosquito Bite Line at (614) 525-BITE (2483) and leave a message; your call will be returned. You can also visit www.myfcph.org to submit a service request online.

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