Road projects throughout Dublin will soon get rolling.
Dublin City Council members last week approved the purchase of one piece of property and the start of the acquisition process for other land for road projects throughout the city.
Council members approved an agreement that will purchase about 0.224 acres at 6694 Riverside Drive for $160,000.
"The city of Dublin is preparing for the construction and relocation of Riverside Drive north of Dublin-Granville Road and south of Tuller Road," said Dana McDaniel, Dublin's director of development.
The acquisition of land at 6694 Riverside Drive follows the city's purchase of 13.28 acres at the former Bash Driving Range and Digger and Fitch Restaurant and 5.12 acres of land from Bridge Point Shopping Center.
"It's necessary to have the land for this project," McDaniel said.
The land is currently occupied by a home that is rented and according to a staff memo to council members, the property owner and city will work together to determine a reasonable time for the current tenant to relocate.
The relocation of Riverside Drive and a roundabout at the Riverside Drive and Dublin-Granville Road intersection are planned to begin construction in 2015.
Elsewhere in the city, council approved resolutions that begin the land acquisition process for a north/south connector between Tuller Ridge and Dale drives.
The road will be part of a grid street plan for the Bridge Street Corridor, said Megan O'Callaghan, Dublin's public service director.
For the project, the city must obtain land from three different property holders, O'Callaghan said.
Construction for the connector is expected to start in August.
The property acquisition process also began for improvements to the Glick and Dublin roads intersection.
Dublin is working with Delaware County, Shawnee Hills and the Ohio Department of Transportation to install left-turn lanes on all four legs of the intersection, City Engineer Paul Hammersmith said.
The city recently started talks with six property owners for the project that is expected to begin later this summer.
"We will start construction in August and utility relocation will be in July and early August," Hammersmith said, adding that the work is expected to be completed in November.
Council member John Reiner applauded the project.
"This is something everyone in that quadrant will appreciate," he said.
In other city news, Dublin's department of building standards was awarded the David A. Smith Building Department Award for Innovation from the Ohio Building Standards Board at the June 9 council meeting.
The award is given out annually to one of Ohio's more than 400 building departments, said Tom Galvin, vice chairman of the Ohio Building Standards Board.
This year, 13 departments were nominated and Galvin said the winner was chosen based on customer service, dedication to public service and furthering the mission of the board.
Jeff Tyler, of Dublin's building standard department, said the award goes out to all Dublin staff who assist with the department's job.