Growth in business at the Johns-town Industrial Park is starting to show in the park’s roadways, prompting the city to initiate a study to see if repair work is needed.
City Engineer Chandra C. Cotter last week said her office recently began to examine the roads in the bustling park off state Route 30A.
Home to operations like a Wal-Mart distribution center, Electro-Metrics, the Euphrates cheese factory and other businesses, the park sees numerous truckloads and shipments come in and out.
The park itself is managed by the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, which markets business properties and brings in tenants.
But the infrastructure and roads are the responsibility of the city, Cotter said.
Messages left for Center for Regional Growth CEO Michael Reese and Johnstown Mayor Sarah Slingerland were not returned.
As the business park grew, Cotter said operations have led to some trucks pulling over on the shoulder of the road while waiting to drop off or pick up. There are no guard rails to prevent that.
The city has done some spot repairs and shored up some of the shoulder areas in the past, but no major overhauls since the park was established in the 1990s, Cotter said.
The primary entrance, Enterprise Road, is starting to show signs of wear. Cracks are growing a few feet from the shoulders in several spots, a symptom of excess weight on road portions not made for the load.
“We’ve definitely increased the traffic there since it first was built,” Cotter said.
Solutions won’t be clear until there’s a thorough review, Cotter said.
One idea is to add a lane, additional parking or a pull-off lane, and it’s unclear what that might cost, Cotter said.
Another option is to put up “no parking” signs along the shoulders, but doing so would just increase the workload on the police department, Cotter said.
It’s possible grant money might be available to help the growing economic generator, but Cotter said municipalities need to establish a goal and estimate cost of accomplishing it before reaching out to state and federal officials.
A study should take a month.
Cotter said she hopes to have an assessment available for the Common Council by April 1.