September 2017 Update
“One of the key inputs to this planning process is the redesign of the Post/161/Frantz intersection and the W. Bridge Street right-of-way east of the intersection to Shawan Falls Road. That project is currently underway but, based on the Capital Improvement Program, will not proceed until 2019. The W. Bridge Street Corridor Framework Plan will be placed on hold until the intersection study is completed.
It is expected that the draft plan will be posted on the web in the late fall and a public open house scheduled at which the draft can be discussed. We will email a notice to residents and stakeholders once the document is posted.”
Information on Rock Cress Parkway and Indian Run Falls ParkIndian Run Falls Park is one of Dublin’s natural treasures. City leaders 40 years ago established the standards for smart planning and high quality development, including green space, 60 public parks, public art and amenities such as 100+ miles of recreation paths. As we work with the community on creating a vision for the future West Bridge Street Corridor we will continue to place a high value on natural resources, green spaces and parks. The long-term (40-50 year) vision plan will identify priorities and inform future public and private development decisions. Public input and the public planning process will establish a cohesive community vision so that all future development, including character, walkability and pedestrian/biking experiences, are consistent with this vision.
Stream Crossing Overview – South ForkThe first draft of the West Bridge Street Corridor Framework Plan depicts a new roadway parallel to West Bridge Street, starting as an eastward extension of Post Road and eventually becoming Rock Cress Parkway. This roadway would cross the south fork of the Indian Run stream before connecting to North High Street. Concerns have been raised regarding the roadway’s bridge over Indian Run, east of Shawan Falls Drive.
This roadway was approved by Council in July 2013 as part of the City’s Thoroughfare Plan. Part of the rational for the new roadway related to traffic studies associated with possible solutions for the Frantz-Post-SR161 intersection, as well as Bridge Street District transportation planning studies.
However, there are no projects or plans which would likely result in the implementation of this bridge in the foreseeable future. The implementation would likely only occur if or when Dublin City Schools decides to sell its current property and another party acquires and redevelops it.
Stream Crossing Overview – North ForkThe bridge crossing for the north fork of Indian Run, part of the future John Shields Parkway, was included in the 2007 Thoroughfare Plan and has long been established as a critical future roadway improvement providing congestion relief from the Bridge Street-North High Street intersection.
Environmental ConsiderationsA parallel study is looking more closely at both stream crossings in order to minimize environmental impacts, and preserve and possibly expand adjacent green space and natural areas. This planning effort includes:
• Relatively narrow single-span bridge types with primary impact being tree removal in the impacted areas
• Preservation and expansion of the existing trail system
• Growing the publicly owned greenway around the stream corridor
• Adding a pedestrian crossing over the exposed sanitary sewer line
For many years the City of Dublin has recognized and planned for the preservation and protection of the unique Indian Run stream corridors, including the City’s procurement of the almost 10-acre “scenic easement” in 2002 that provided for the long term protection for, and greater public access to this valuable natural resource. The City also purchased a 3.5 acre parcel on Shawan Falls Drive as part of this larger preservation effort.
The new roadways further distribute traffic from the congested Bridge Street and High Street intersection, reducing emissions caused by traffic inefficiencies.
The small section of Rock Cress Parkway to be located on the current library site actually grows the amount of preserved green space by 1/3 of an acre.
Indian Run Falls ParkThe City has long provided access to the Indian Run gorge and waterfalls with nature trails, observation platforms, shelter houses and a footbridge traversing the falls. These amenities are expected to remain intact so the community can continue to enjoy this popular destination.
Dublin places a high priority on natural resources, green space and parks. The City’s 60 parks cover 1,462 acres, which translates to 0.033 acres of parkland per person.
Next StepsThe West Bridge Street Corridor Framework Plan and any associated future road alignments remain under study. These studies will continue for several more months and will include opportunities for ongoing public input. Additionally, staff is always willing to meet with residents and/or answer inquiries as these studies and plans unfold.
Updates will be provided on the City website. To set up a meeting or obtain information contact Nick Plouck, Management Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At several public meetings, Dublin residents and stakeholders had the opportunity to provide their feedback and comments to the preliminary alternatives for West Bridge Street Corridor Framework Plan that were generated as part of a multi-day public workshop.
Please view the presentations below.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Council Work Session
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Pubic Input Session 1
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
Public Input Session 2
View the Public Input Summary | Appendix 1 – Online Survey Responses | Appendix 2 – Public Meeting 1 Comments | Appendix 3 – Alternatives Workshop | Appendix 4 – Public Meeting 2 Comments | Appendix 5 – Online Survey Responses 2
West Bridge Street Corridor – Plan the Vision
With the completion of the I-270/US 33 interchange the West Bridge Street corridor is expected to undergo increased development pressure. The framework plan will establish a cohesive community vision so that all aspects of future development, including development character, walkability and pedestrian experience, connectivity and access, and supporting infrastructure are consistent with the community’s vision.
The City of Dublin, in partnership with urban design firm NBBJ, is hosting two public meetings to seek ideas and create the vision for this important gateway for the City of Dublin and the Bridge Street District.
The City of Dublin, in partnership with urban design firm NBBJ, is working with its residents, businesses, Dublin City Schools and other stakeholders to develop a framework plan for the West Bridge Street corridor, west of Bridge and High Streets and ending at the I-270/US 33 interchange.
This area is an important gateway to the City and its Bridge Street District. With the completion of the I-270/US 33 interchange in 2017 its importance will only grow. At the same time, the West Bridge Street corridor is expected to undergo increased development pressure. The framework plan will establish a cohesive community vision so that all aspects of future development, including development character, walkability and pedestrian experience, connectivity and access, and supporting infrastructure are consistent with a consensus-based vision.
Upon its completion in fall 2017, the West Bridge Street Corridor Framework Plan will provide a roadmap to guide
implementation, while building upon the Bridge Street District vision and encouraging public and private investment that continues to attract jobs, housing and services that benefit the entire community.
The study area of the West Bridge Street Corridor Framework Plan begins at Franklin Street and ends at the I-270/US 33 interchange.
What this Plan is/is not
The West Bridge Street Corridor Framework Plan process, shown below, is anticipated to be completed fall, 2017.
The process will provide multiple opportunities for area residents, businesses and other stakeholders to provide their input. The objective is to reach consensus on a development vision that will inform future public and private development decisions.
For more information, please contact Vince Papsidero, FAICP at email@example.com or 614.410.4682