GOOD NEWS FOR DRIVERS, PEDESTRIANS AND BIKERS
IN MUIRFIELD VILLAGE!
By now, you have noticed the orange fencing and traffic cones along Muirfield Dr. and at the Glick Rd/Dublin Rd intersection. What’s going on? Well, we have great news!
At long last, construction on two long-discussed City projects in Muirfield is about to begin, and a third is in the works, too! All of these will add connectivity to other parts of the City and add safety for all residents.
Intersection of Glick Road and Dublin Roads
By the end of this year, this intersection will be lowered to improve sight lines for safety; left turn lanes will be installed in all four directions and crosswalks will be designated. The Association has been working with the City Engineer’s office and has granted the City temporary and permanent easements on some of our property in those areas and we have given the City a very small bit of land, .029 acres, to help make this long-needed improvement finally come about. The Muirfield Village stone sign at that intersection will be moved back slightly, done, of course, by the City, with great landscaping.
For the most part, traffic will be maintained through the intersection of Dublin Rd./Glick Rd. during construction. There will be one phase of construction with closure of Dublin Rd. north of Glick Rd. The closure is in front of the El Vaquero Restaurant. The detour will last approximately two weeks. Drivers will be directed to the west, along Glick Rd, Concord Rd and Harriott Rd to avoid the closure. Trucks will be routed to the east, along SR 257 to US 42.
Businesses along Dublin Rd will be open during the detour. Locations as far south as Jimmy V’s and the Shawnee Hills Bakery can be accessed from the north on Dublin Rd. (using the Concord Rd/Harriott Rd detour). El Vaquero, Walgreens and the Morgan House can be accessed from the south.
Glick Rd will remain open throughout the construction as well as Dublin Rd south of the intersection. There will be orange barrels, narrowed lanes, and slowdowns for flaggers and construction vehicles for the duration of the project.
Pedestrian/multi-use bridges over the North Fork of Indian Run Creek and bike lanes along Muirfield Drive
The City has engineering plans nearly complete and construction will likely begin this fall to add pedestrian/multi-use bridges over the creek that goes under Muirfield Dr. just north of Brand Rd.
Currently, Muirfield residents have to walk or ride in traffic lanes that have no berms to go south out of Muirfield in this area. The bridges may be under construction yet this year! They will be set back 10 feet away from the traffic bridge and will be on both sides of Muirfield Dr.
On the west (southbound) side of the road, the bridge will have a path that comes up to Moors Place, connecting to the existing Muirfield path there.
On the east side of Muirfield Dr., the bridge will slide into a connection to the bike lanes that will be built. The bike lanes will be adjacent to the existing traffic lanes, adding about five feet of pavement including the existing small berm there. This gives cars a safe separation from bikes or runners. They will extend from the bridges just described north to Glick Rd. North of Glick the “lanes” will become pedestrian/bike “paths”, meaning they will be set back from the road so as to connect to the existing Muirfield paths, allowing a smooth flow.
This project will have an added benefit in that the existing street lights will be discarded and new LED lights will be installed and moved further back from the pavement, being less of an accident hazard. They will be at the same, lowered height as the existing lights in the same locations. The light cast will be whiter, less yellow, than the current lights.
The Association has granted needed easements for drainage and relocation of the lights. The Country Club at Muirfield Village and four residents along this path will also be asked for easements. The grade of the bike lanes will be identical to that of the traffic lanes with no abrupt hills like the one north of The Country Club.
The bike lane construction will begin after the Tournament in 2015. The two tunnels under Muirfield Dr. will not be affected having already been elongated in anticipation of adding the bike lanes.
Pedestrian/Multi-use path along Glick Rd., from Davington to Muirfield Dr.
This will also be a 2015 project and will extend the path that begins at Avery Rd. which now stops at Davington. The City path here will replace the existing Muirfield path, slightly widening and improving it. Eventually, another phase will connect the entire path to the short path that now begins at Dublin Rd. but ends at Muirkirk.
Separated from the road for added safety, hopefully this path will allow residents to walk or bike to the Zoo and Zoombezi Bay once Shawnee Hills constructs paths to connect to the O’Shaughnessy Bridge.
The Association will be communicating to affected residents, and the City will hold an open forum to discuss details before plans are finalized.
Any area affected will be improved from a landscape perspective. The City has committed to this and the Association will be monitoring this as plans develop and are implemented.
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