Dangerous road could go 5 years without guardrail

Truck overturns in 1700 block of Ballentine Pike in Clark County. (WDTN Photo/Jake Ryle)
Truck overturns in 1700 block of Ballentine Pike in Clark County. (WDTN Photo/Jake Ryle)

GERMAN TOWNSHIP,Ohio (WDTN) — Officials are calling it a “problem curve” in Clark County, and residents are wanting a solution for their safety.

That solution may not come for a long time.

The 1700 block of Ballentine Pike in German Township has been the site of several accidents in recent years, but most recently a semi-truck which flipped onto its side Wednesday morning.

All that’s left from the site of the accident–rubble and dust. A band-aid fix to a bigger problem for 40 year homeowner Max White.

“It’s a race track down here in the evenings,” he said.

A race track with no protective barrier from the cars that pass on the two-lane road.

White has talked with Clark County Engineers to discuss the need for a guardrail installed at the curve.

“They tell me they won’t put a guard rail up because it would obstruct my view. Let me worry about that,” White said.

Max says it’s a problem that could impact his family.

“I’ve got a grandson that comes over here and plays. Where those railroad ties are, we don’t let him come past that,” he added.

We spoke with Clark County Engineer John Burr. He tells us the guardrail locations must meet certain criteria before being installed.

“Angle of the slope, and the distance and heights of the slope in order to determine if a guardrail is appropriate,” Burr said on the phone Thursday afternoon.

He told us the 1700 block of Ballentine Pike is right on the border of needing a guardrail, but it hasn’t been installed.

He says the County engineers apply for a $300,000 dollar grant every three to five years.

Burr explained that they apply for the grant after they’ve received enough inquiries to install guardrails for multiple locations–not simply single locations.

We wanted to know if in three to five years, residents can expect to see a guardrail installed at the curve.

“Can I guarantee that at this time, no I can not. That’s what I’m going to try to do,” Burr added, “I’m going to try to get the funding to grant the funding to come in so I can do some more installation of guard rails.”

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