2008-07-05 / News

New Hunts Landing bridge construction is on hold

By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE - A new bridge slated for Hunts Landing Road has all its required permits, but construction won't happen soon.

Landings at Maple Bay Project Manager Bill O'Malley said the bridge is on hold until existing utilities are moved from the building site and a temporary road is built to maintain traffic during construction. He didn't know how long that would take. He predicted it would be at least a month before the utilities are moved, then the temporary road will take some time.

"Building the bridge is one of the easier parts," said O'Malley. The bridge is intended to span a feeder canal for a subdivision currently under construction called the Landings at Maple Bay - a 78-unit condominium development located on the southwest side of Hunts Landing Road in the Village of Buckeye Lake.

It includes a man-made canal, a harbor with boat slips, a boat storage area, and a clubhouse with a pool. The Village of Buckeye Lake granted the project's building permits in August. The village's permit process was delayed when the Licking County Planning Commission recommended changes for the bridge's design and some nearby residents said the bridge was too steep.

Also, former Buckeye Lake Planning commission member George O'Donnell appealed the bridge's approval, but Buckeye Lake Director of Development Valerie Hans said that appeal was recently dropped.

Buckeye Lake Mayor Frank Foster said the developer met all the village's requirements and the developer will decide when to begin construction.

Previously, Mallory Square developer Jim Van Ostran asked that traffic access to Mallory Square be maintained while the bridge is built.

A four-unit model is currently under construction on the Landings site.

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