Dublin City Council's five-year outlook for projects devotes the most funding toward transportation maintenance and new infrastructure.

The capital improvements program (CIP) includes a total of $122,940 for transportation, of which nearly $82.6 million is dedicated to new infrastructure, and nearly $40.4 million is dedicated to maintenance, according to an Aug. 6 memo to council.

The city has 626 lane miles of roadways for which it is responsible, said Lindsay Weisenauer, a Dublin public affairs officer.

The five-year CIP, which includes a total of a little more than $213 million in proposed funded projects for 2020-24, was unanimously approved Aug. 26 by Dublin City Council.

Even though the CIP has been approved, it is a planning document or project wish list, and council members have the ability to move, add or delete projects from the list, said councilman Michael Keenan, who is also chairman of council's finance committee.

"It's basically a five-year vision," Keenan said.

One noteworthy portion of the CIP, Keenan said, is the inclusion of $77 million for maintenance of such items as parks, roads and bridges, facilities and pedestrian paths. It also includes fleet replacement.

Although maintenance is an area the public typically doesn't see, the CIP also contains more visible projects, he said, such as the Riverside Park and city's pedestrian bridge that will connect the Historic District to the Bridge Park District.

Keenan said he hopes the city can dedicate the bridge in November or December.

"I believe it's going to be iconic," he said.

Dublin continues to invest in amenities, said councilwoman Christina Alutto, a member of finance committee, and city staff members and council are dedicated to Dublin's public parks, the recreation center and the renovation of Dublin Community Pool North.

That pool, at 5660 Dublinshire Drive, is falling apart under the water, said Matt Earman, Dublin parks and recreation director.

"We are leaking water faster than we can fill it," he said.

In the CIP for 2020 is $6 million designated for the pool, according to the memo.

In addition to focusing on amenities, the city also continues to invest in technology, Alutto said, including a data platform that will help staff make informed decisions about transportation, services and technology.

"It could be used for all kinds of different things," she said.

According to the memo, the CIP dedicates $875,000 over its five-year lifetime to the data platform.

Alutto noted the CIP annually sets aside funding for road, water and sewer infrastructure. For example, upwards of $6 million to $7 million each year is dedicated to roadway infrastructure, she said.

"It's critical for our businesses and our residents," she said.

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