Work on two roads that will be part of the Bridge Street District network is underway.

Work on two roads that will be part of the Bridge Street District network is underway.

A portion of John Shields Parkway and a road that will connect Dale Drive to Tuller Ridge Drive are currently under construction and are expected to open to traffic this fall.

The roads are the first to be constructed in the network of streets planned for the Scioto River area of the Bridge Street District that is expected to bring dense, urban-style redevelopment to Dublin's core.

Dublin Public Service Director Megan O'Callaghan said the first phase of John Shields Parkway is running along schedule.

"The timing of that project is critical in that it's scheduled to be open with the occupancy of the Vrable healthcare (facility) that is adjacent to it," she said. "It will be open to traffic in November of this year."

The first portion of John Shield Parkway is only about 400 feet long, but the road is expected to eventually run from Sawmill Road to Riverside Drive and possibly across the Scioto River.

The first portion of John Shields Parkway will show what the rest of the road network in the area will look like, O'Callaghan said.

"John Shields Parkway is being constructed with all the high-quality materials that will be used throughout the Bridge Street District," she said, adding elements such as granite curbs and brick pavers are planned.

"This will give everybody a sampling of how things will look. ... It's really going to be a great experience once all these roadways are done and high-quality materials are incorporated."

Elsewhere in the Bridge Street District, Dale Drive and Tuller Ridge Drive are being connected, with a fall opening date expected.

The connection will extend Tuller Ridge Drive south to Dale Drive.

"It will provide another alternate route of traffic when the (Riverside Drive and state Route 161) roundabout is under construction," O'Callaghan said.

"That's why we're building it this year because the roundabout will be constructed next year."

Plans are still in the works, but the intersection of Riverside Drive and state Route 161 could be closed for about seven months as the roundabout is constructed.

The city's main goal is to get the connector open soon to move traffic north and south when the roundabout is under construction.

Finishing touches will be put on the connector later.

"It's going to be a permanent connection, but the first project is building the asphalt roadway," O'Callaghan said.

"We anticipate getting a lot of traffic during construction so we didn't want to go through the expense of adding materials for the Bridge Street District like pavers and granite curbs," she said.

"We didn't want those to get beat while maintaining traffic through the project.

"After the roundabout construction is done we'll circle back and complete the roadway in its permanent state," O'Callaghan said.

"In other words, we'll come back and make it pretty."

With the two roads currently under construction expected to be open this fall, plans for other roads in the network are still on hold.

"These are the first two projects that begin the grid street network over there in the Bridge Street District," O'Callaghan said.

"The others will be based on when development opportunities arise."