A roundabout is to be constructed at the intersection of Coffman and Brand roads in July.

A roundabout is to be constructed at the intersection of Coffman and Brand roads in July.

Dublin City Council members last week approved several land acquisitions for the project that could improve traffic flow at the busy intersection.

Some property owners have negotiated with the city about land acquisition and others have donated land, a few did not and the city had to start appropriation proceedings to make sure the intersection improvement will be done this year, said senior project manager Sara Ott.

Some negotiations are still ongoing. Landowner Colleen Reynolds asked council to delay the land acquisition ordinance that would affect her property.

"We would like to see progress with the roundabout as well, but we want something that benefits all parties," Reynolds said, adding she had sent a counter offer to the city that has not yet been answered.

"We are on board," she said.

Law Director Stephen Smith said the ordinance would not affect negotiations for the 0.2 acre in question, but would help the city move forward with the project.

All land acquisitions were approved by council; construction on the roundabout is expected to start in July.

"There will be intersection closure in July through late fall," Ott said.

The roundabout will be moved farther north than the current intersection to "lessen the impact on residents," Ott said. The city owns most of the land north of the intersection.

Not all Dublin residents are happy about the new roundabout and proposed bike path on Brand Road, though.

Brand Road resident Bruce McLoughlin contested the proposed improvements to the road.

"In the last year, it seems like this council has declared war on Brand Road," he said.

Trees and other landscaping will be torn down for the roundabout and the bike path that will extend from Coffman Road to Muirfield Drive.

McLoughlin said the city has been "heavy-handed" in land-acquisition negotiations.

"Suddenly, it seems like no matter what, it's OK to beat up the people on Brand Road," he said. "We continue to see you come after us and come after us."

Councilman Michael Keenan said the roundabout will improve traffic flow. In addition, he said, connecting bike paths has been a plan for the city for many years.

"Council has also spent a lot of money in the preservation of the Brand Road area," Keenan said, adding the city purchased property on Brand Road to keep it from becoming a residential development.

Council is expected to accept a bid for the construction of the Brand and Coffman roads roundabout at its June 24 meeting.