Aug 19, 2013

What impact will a proposed asphalt tank have on King Street neighborhood?

Many city residents voiced concerns about a proposed $2 million asplaht tank on King Street fully fronted by Erie Blacktop.

In late July, Erie Blacktop vice president Larren Wikel campaigned city officials to let him build a new asphalt tank on King Street, north of West Monroe Street. 

He wants to install a 1.5 million-gallon tank with waterway access.

'We are looking to barge and ship in asphalt, or the glue that holds the blacktop together," Wikel said.

The company could ship in asphalt by barge or rail, then transport the material by truck to cut costs. It can then deliver asphalt to locations throughout northern Ohio.

Among the proposed project's benefits: a $2 million investment in private funds on a blighted area, up to 15 new full-time jobs created, street repairs and an increase in property and income taxes.

City officials, however, seemed concerned about several issues. Wikel answered those lingering inquiries at a recent public meeting:

Concern: noise

Wikel: Our trucks are no different than any other semi truck operating on that road in terms of loading and unloading the trucks.

Concern: increase traffic flow

Wikel: There would probably be about five to six loads a day. That is not a whole lot of truck traffic.

Concern: pollution

Wikel: We are loading large stone on barges from this site. The size of the stones are 3 feet long, 3 feet wide and 3 foot high. It's never happened where we lost a stone of that size. We are not bringing in small stone. We're bringing in large armor stone for shoreline protection.

Concern: hours of operation

Wikel: Loading liquid asphalt requires us to be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are times where we will be loading trucks earlier and later.

Among the other concerns Wikel previously addressed:

• The trucks will primarily use main roads to enter and exit Sandusky.

"King Street would be the entry and exit points," said Wikel, further explaining how vehicles would use main arteries, such as West Monroe Street, to access U.S. 6.

• The $2 million will pay for site cleanup, a tank and other on-site improvements.

• The addition could infringe upon public access, including if city officials follow through on plans to extend the Sandusky Bay Pathway — a walking and bicycle trail along the waterfront — at this area.

"I worry about bicycles and little kids near asphalt and trucks," Wikel said. "I'm not saying we can or can't accommodate this. It can be discussed."

City officials will continue to discuss this possible venture.

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Good 2 B Me


Brick Hamland

Typical Sandusky response... "A successful business wants to create jobs in the area and invest its funds here... lets give them a hard time about it and find ways to discourage them."

Might as well since the area has a more jobs than it can handle already and the automotive plants that employed so many people here over the years are doing great and continuing to add high paying jobs... said no one ever.

Yellow Snow

Get ready for the stink and vaporized chemicals that will permeate the air you breath. Article says there will be an increase in property and income taxes. Does that mean the property tax increase will be the new business, or the families currently living there?


Take a look at their facility on 101 and you can see the impact it will have.


Considering most of the area around there right now is Industrial or warehousing to begin unless you get pretty close to the intersection of Tiffin I think it will be fine.


I've been down to the coal docks old dumbers to fish years ago and unless T.A Schwanger and his group has been down there and cleaned it up, then anything that Erie Blacktop can/will do, will be a vast improvement.

T. A. Schwanger


Let's be clear on one thing. The reason the property in question is in the condition it presently in is because the City has ignored the property since the site was abandoned some 40 plus years.

As far as the SANDUSKY BAY PATHWAY is concerned, the pathway plan we paid for via a study calls for the pathway to extend between Mills Street and King Street. Using other pedestrian/bicycle pathways around the country which run through industrial parks, across active farm land and across busy rural roads, the City and Erie Materials need to work together to find a way to include the Pathway in project plans.

Ex-Officio Mayor Hamilton questioned whether Erie Materials project necessitated the total use of both docks limiting future commercial uses of the property--a question worthy of an answer.


Sounds Great! Norfolk & Southern pollutes the air, might as well pollute the lake as well.


These same naysayer's will be complaining that their are no jobs! This city is frigging amazing!