Blasting is Currently Underway – Will Impact Traffic on Riverside Drive
The City of Dublin has begun construction on the final phase of Emerald Parkway. Beginning Monday, February 17, 2014, the City’s contractors will begin a four to six week bedrock blasting project along Emerald Parkway. The drilling and blasting will start near the Riverside Drive/Emerald Parkway intersection, on the east side of the intersection, and north of the I-270 bridge area.
Blasting will Occur Twice a Day Between Noon and 4 p.m.
Traffic on Riverside Drive/Emerald Parkway intersection will be stopped each time a blast occurs, which is about twice a day. The City’s Engineers expect traffic will be stopped the entire week of February 17, 2014 during each blast period. As the blasting moves farther away and east of the intersection, it will not be necessary to stop traffic at the intersection.
Dublin Police will be stopping traffic on Riverside Drive and Emerald Parkway bridge about three minutes before each blast. No traffic will be allowed to move through the Riverside Drive/Emerald Parkway intersection until the bull horn siren signals an “all clear” to resume traffic.
Traffic will not be affected on I-270 during the blasting.
This last phase of Emerald Parkway will open up nearly 115 acres of land for commercial development with I-270 visibility and Sawmill Road interchange access. It will also provide increased mobility from Sawmill Road to Tuttle Crossing for the many residents, businesses and employees in and around Dublin.
Emerald Parkway Phase 8
What: Emerald Parkway, Phase 8 will be the completion of a long term goal of creating an alternative route to I-270 in the Dublin area. This final phase will extend the parkway from Riverside Drive to just north of Bright Road, at a new bridge over Billingsley Creek.
When: The City anticipates the project will begin in early January 2014 with completion scheduled for late November 2014.
The proposed project will be the completion of a long term goal of creating an alternative route to I-270 in the area. The construction of this project is currently programmed to occur in 2013 as recently adopted in the City’s Capital Improvements Program.
Emerald Parkway Phase 8 Public Meeting Questions and Answers
Q. What is the City’s plan for improvements for Bright Road between Emerald Parkway and Sawmill Road?
A. The City is aware of the volume of traffic on this segment of roadway. During the Community Plan, travel demand modeling identified that this roadway needs to be four lanes – two lanes in each direction – with a turn lane in the center. The construction of this size of roadway was reviewed at the beginning stages of the design of this last phase of Emerald Parkway. Due to the construction and right-of-way costs, this improvement is not included in the current project. Staff will monitor this section when Emerald Parkway is complete to evaluate the need to program the widening in a future Dublin Capital Improvements Program.
Q. How will the additional traffic that comes from development be handled?
A. When a property is rezoned to a different zoning use than it currently has, a traffic impact study (TIS) is required during the rezoning process. The TIS identifies the improvements needed for the roadway system to mitigate the additional traffic created by the development. These improvements can range from turn lanes, to changes to traffic signal timing, to roadway widening.
Q. Can the signal at Bright and Sawmill roads be adjusted?
A. While the City understands the frustration with this intersection, the signal and the Sawmill Road corridor are under the jurisdiction of the City of Columbus.
Q. Will the impact of additional noise be mitigated by this project?
A. When the most recent widening of I-270 occurred, the Ohio Department of Transportation performed noise studies for many areas and determined that noise walls were appropriate for several locations. The area at Grandee Cliffs Drive and Jenmar Court were included in that evaluation. At that time, it was determined that noise mitigation due to the ODOT project was not necessary. This study provides a reliable base on which to compare the conditions at the completion of this project. This situation will be evaluated once the construction is complete and the new roadway is open to traffic.
Q. Is it for certain that development levels shown in the Bright Road Area Plan will be built?
A. The Bright Road Area Plan is a guidance document for the public review process of any development that may be proposed in this area. Unless otherwise permitted in the current zoning on the property, any new development proposals will be reviewed by staff, Dublin’s Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
Q. Will sewer and water be extended to the areas adjacent to the project?
A. Public sewer and water extensions along Emerald Parkway are provided in the scope of the project. Further extensions to other properties in the area will either be performed with the development that may occur in the area or by individual property owners. Dublin City Council plans to address the level of participation the City will provide to existing un-served properties in the near future.
Q. Will a tunnel be installed under Riverside Drive, similar to Dublin Road, for pedestrian access?
A. A tunnel at this location was evaluated at the beginning of the project. Due to the bedrock present in this location, the construction cost for this amenity was significant. Pedestrians will have the use of the traffic signal to appropriately cross in any direction at this intersection.
Q. Will there be a pedestrian connection from Jenmar Court/Grandee Cliffs Drive to the new paths on Emerald Parkway?
A. Yes there will be a pedestrian connection to the new multi-use paths along Emerald Parkway.
Q. Why is a cul-de-sac on Bright Road at Riverside Drive included in this project?
A. Since 2007, twelve vehicular crashes have occurred at this location. The types of incidents at this intersection are typically severe and many result in an injury. Staff believes this is mainly due to left turning traffic from either southbound Riverside Drive or westbound Bright Road. The construction of a cul-de-sac just east of Riverside Drive on Bright Road will remove this intersection and the left turns will then occur at signalized intersections (at Hard Road or Emerald Parkway). This will significantly improve safety along Riverside Drive and will further emphasize the neighborhood character of the area along Bright Road, and around Grandee Cliffs Drive, MacBeth Drive, MacDuff Place.
Q. What is the City’s plan for the property the City recently purchased on Bright Road?
A. The goal of the City’s purchase of 4279 Bright Road (Holder property) was to preserve the Holder-Wright Works, a ancient man-made landform that has significant archeological importance. The property will have deed restrictions in place that require it to be a passive, open space, public parkland. To achieve this, the farming of the property will be discontinued. The City will be seeding the property and providing on-going maintenance. Please contact the City’s Park and Open Space staff with any additional questions or concerns.