Dublin plans to complete the realignment of Riverside Drive in the next five years, one of the keys to redevelopment within the Bridge Street District.
Included in $88 million in transportation requests in the 2014-18 capital improvement program are two Bridge Street District projects: Riverside Drive realignment and new roads in Dublin Village Center.
In the five-year program Dublin City Council members will vote on Sept. 9 is $9.8 million for the realignment of Riverside Drive and $6 million to build a new road network in Dublin Village Center next year.
Riverside Drive will be realigned between Dale Drive and Tuller Road to allow for a new park along the river.
"Everything is presently under design," City Engineer Paul Hammersmith said.
According to the capital improvement program, design of the realignment is set for 2014, construction for 2015 and landscaping in 2016.
As for a new $6 million road network for Dublin Village Center next year, Dublin Center Drive will be realigned and extended between Village Parkway and Sawmill Road.
The two-lane road that will allow parallel parking will be known in the future as John Shields Parkway.
Another new road will run parallel to John Shields Parkway south of the Dublin AMC theater, the capital improvement program said.
"To establish a street grid pattern, north/south connecting streets will be installed from John Shields Parkway, with connections to Tuller Road and the new east/west connector road," the report said.
A multi-land roundabout is also planned in the area at Riverside Drive and state Route 161. The project will cost nearly $4 million and construction is expected in 2015.
Other major projects included in the transportation portion of the capital improvement program include construction of the final phase of Emerald Parkway from Riverside Drive to Billingsley Creek in 2014 and an extension from Rings Road along the southwest side of Ballentrae to Cosgray Road with roundabouts at both intersections set for 2016 to 2018.
Roundabouts are planned for Avery-Muirfield and Perimeter Loop and Avery-Muirfield and Perimeter Drive in 2017.
Hammersmith said there is already one roundabout at Post Road and Avery-Muirfield Drive and the replacement of the two signals with roundabouts will help traffic move with more ease.
Other intersection improvements are planned for Sawmill and Hard roads with the addition of right turn lanes and a modified traffic signal, a new roundabout at Hyland-Croy and McKitrick roads in 2017 and the addition of left turn lanes at Glick and Dublin roads in 2014 if land can be acquired.
In addition to bike path maintenance, funding for a few new trails was included in the capital improvement program.
Construction of the final Dublin Road South connector between Rings Road and Historic Dublin is planned for 2014. Funding was also planned for bike lanes on Muirfield Drive between Brand and Glick roads, as well as the completion of a path on Glick Road.