Ohio Road dispute gains national attention

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Plans for an extension of James Parkway to Kaiser Drive are under way, but national magazine coverage has stirred up tension between developers and an archaeologist.

Bradley Lepper, of the Ohio Historical Society, said the remnants of a 2,000-year-old road might be present on two 300-acre sites.

"It may be the only remnants of what I call the Great Hopewell Road," he said.

The Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, a developer of one of the sites, isn't convinced.
Rick Platt, executive director of the authority, said he is concerned the story in the September issue of Indian Country Today will dredge up unjustified concerns about the handling of the property.

He said the magazine incorrectly wrote the Port Authority has plans to destroy the historic site.

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