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Glick-Dublin turn lanes project progressing

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Work on left turn lanes for the intersection of Glick and Dublin roads could begin as soon as next summer.

Dublin City Council members this week approved an agreement with Shawnee Hills to improve the intersection on the city's northeast side that often sees traffic backups.

Several jurisdictions have purview over the intersection so Dublin staff members have been working with the Ohio Department of Transportation, Delaware County and Shawnee Hills to work out a solution for the intersection, City Manager Marsha Grigsby told council members.

"This is the furthest we've been on this project," Grigsby said.

Left-turn lanes are planned for each leg of the intersection, said City Engineer Paul Hammersmith.

"It's an interim solution," he said, noting it should keep the intersection from a failing traffic grade through the next 10 to 15 years.

"We think this really does have a good shelf life," Hammersmith said.

In the 2014-18 Capital Improvements Program, Dublin earmarked $500,000 for the project in 2014 and will add another $50,000.

The city has agreed to pay off a 10-year $250,000 loan from the state for the project as well.

"Revenues from the State Highway Fund will provide funding to make the annual payments to retire the (Ohio Public Works Commission) loan," a staff report to council stated.

Dublin expects to pay about 52 percent of the costs for the intersection improvements at Dublin and Glick roads.

Other entities will also contribute funds to the intersection improvements that are expected to cost $1.6 million, Grigsby said.

"Delaware County will fund $100,000 of the project," she said.

ODOT will put $150,000 into the pot for the project.

Shawnee Hills has submitted an application for a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission for $500,000, Grigsby said.

The OPWC should announce grant recipients in December or January, Grigsby said.

"We have received good feedback on the project's chances of being awarded both the grant and the loan," the staff report said.

Shawnee Hills will also contribute another $50,000, the agreement resolution approved by council stated.

If the loan and grant come through, Hammersmith said construction for the left-turn lanes at the Dublin and Glick roads intersection could begin as soon as July 2014.

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