New Albany officials say a portion of Dublin-Granville Road that has been closed since last fall for the city's Rose Run revitalization project will reopen to vehicles the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 13.
It should be one of several local road projects wrapping up to provide traffic relief for motorists from a busy construction season, according to New Albany leaders.
The Rose Run project involves improvements to Rose Run Park, which had been accessible only by leisure trails and is part of the Rose Run stream corridor that runs mostly parallel to Dublin-Granville Road through New Albany.
The project includes a 34-foot bridge and promenade that would connect the New Albany-Plain Local School District campus on the north side of Dublin-Granville to the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Market Square to the south.
Last October, New Albany closed Dublin-Granville Road between Fodor Road and the loop near the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road, for the project.
Dublin-Granville remains two lanes, but the road itself was reduced in width, according to Adrienne Joly, New Albany's director of administrative services.
Dublin-Granville between Fodor Road and Main Street originally was scheduled to reopen in December. When the city had decided to expedite that portion of the project, officials had projected the roadway would open by the middle of September.
Joly said the city decided to open the road even earlier to help with traffic, particularly during New Albany-Plain Local drop-off and pickup times.
The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 15.
Although the road will open, other amenities will not be completed by Aug. 13, said city spokesman Scott McAfee. The leisure trails and bike lane for Dublin-Granville Road will not be in place this month, he said.
"The amenities in the park really took a back seat to opening up the roadway," McAfee said.
The entire project still is slated to be finished by the end of the year, Joly said.
The city will not hold its grand opening until next spring, McAfee said.
In the meantime, Dublin-Granville Road construction will be ongoing, Joly said. When it opens Aug. 13, the speed limit will be 20 miles per hour, per the construction zone, she said.
Meanwhile, the city has heard from residents about the effects of construction all over the city on traffic.
"There's been a fair amount of frustration," McAfee said.
New Albany resident John Fraim said he thinks a number of factors have contributed to traffic problems in the city. They include growth associated with businesses and corporate parks, as well as new apartment complexes developed near Central College Road.
He also mentioned such projects as the Target store and other new construction near Dublin-Granville and Hamilton roads just west of New Albany's city limits and the work on state Route 605 near two age-restricted housing developments.
Fraim, who said he lives just a few blocks from downtown New Albany, said traffic is particularly challenging coming into New Albany along U.S. Route 62 and on Market Street.
Although the Rose Run project included the closure of Dublin-Granville Road, other projects adjacent to the city that are underway because of the warm weather have affected motorists' ability to move easily through the city, Joly said.
One example is a Franklin County project at Kitzmiller and Morse Road, Joly said.
The construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection includes the reconstruction of the bridge over Blacklick Creek, drainage improvements and the installation of streetlights, according to Carla Marable of the Franklin County Engineer's Office.
The intersection, which was closed June 3 for the 120-day project, should reopen in early October, Marable said.
A Columbus project also has closed down a portion of Dublin-Granville Road near Hamilton Road, Joly said. A great deal of development is taking place there, including the construction of the Target store.
Community-relations coordinator Michael Liggett said that project, which is in progress to support "current and coming development" in the corridor west of New Albany, began in May and is expected to conclude in November.
On top of that, for the past six weeks, New Albany's road-maintenance crews have been busy with street repairs, she said.
Joly said she appreciates the patience and understanding residents have demonstrated, and most of the projects causing traffic delays are wrapping up.
"We know it's been hard, but we're almost there," she said.