Preliminary construction for the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Dublin branch is underway and work on the adjacent four-level parking garage is slated to begin this month.

Turner Construction Co., which will build the garage, has a construction schedule with a start date of early February, said Terry Foegler, Dublin's director of strategic initiatives.

The garage and associated roadways are expected to be complete by summer 2019, Foegler said.

Dublin City Council on Jan. 22 approved a contract between the city and Turner for the garage, roadway improvements and landscaping, with a guaranteed maximum price of a little less than $17.7 million.

The garage will include 550 spaces, and the project also features the construction of two roadways: Rock Cress Parkway and North Franklin Street. The city will rebuild west North Street.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions along North High Street throughout the construction period, Foegler said.

Both the Darby Street and Indian Run parking lots will remain open during the construction period as well.

The parking garage "will not only meet the needs of the new library but will provide over several hundred additional public parking spaces to serve Dublin's downtown now and into the future without the need to consume even more of the scarce downtown land area with surface parking lots," Foegler said.

The new roads also will enhance traffic circulation walkability, access and safety, he said.

The parking-garage collaboration represents major investments in the city's future, said Patrick Losinski, Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO.

"These projects are the result of years of careful planning and partnership," Losinski said.

The new library is projected to cost about $18.3 million and is expected to open in 2019.

Library amenities will include meeting and study rooms, a children's area, programming space, a teen area, a homework help center and a cafe.

The former Dublin branch library has been razed. A temporary branch is open at 6765 Dublin Center Drive.

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