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* News Release *
Wednesday, April 19, 2000
For Immediate Release

Botts Dots Invented in the 1950s

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that reflective raised pavement markers will be installed on County roads beginning Monday, April 24. The contract for the project was awarded to Traffic Specialists, Inc. of Shandon in Butler County, which submitted a low bid of $82,986. Federal funds will be used to pay for 100 percent of the cost.

Installation of the new markers will be performed under traffic; however, motorists are encouraged to use caution when approaching the road crews. Orange traffic cones will be utilized along the centerline while epoxy under the newly placed markers dries.

The following roads are slated to receive the new reflective centerline markers:

Beckett Road -- West Chester Road to Tylersville Road
Brown Road
Eaton Road -- Beissinger Road to U.S. 127
Elk Creek Road -- Howe Road to West Alexandria Road
Hamilton Eaton Road -- U.S. 127 to Village of Somerville
Hamilton New London Road -- Ohio 126 to U.S. 127
Lakota Drive West
Layhigh Road -- Ohio 748 to Hamilton New London Road
Princeton Road -- Ohio 747 to Cincinnati Dayton Road
Reily Millville Road -- Ohio 732 to Garner Road
Stillwell Road
Stillwell Beckett Road -- Ohio 732 to Ohio 177
Taylor School Road -- Eaton Road to Jacksonburg Road
Trenton Franklin Road -- Howe Road to Ohio 4
Tylersville Road -- Fairfield city limit to Farmgate Drive
Waynes Trace Road -- U.S. 127 to Ohio 744
West Alexandria Road -- Ohio 122 to Elk Creek Road
Woodsdale Road
Yankee Road -- Princeton Road to Kyles Station Road

Botts Dots Improve Centerline and Edgeline Visibility

Reflective raised pavement markers help improve roadway visibility at night, especially on wet pavement. Sometimes referred to as Botts Dots, they were invented in the 1950s by Elbert D. Botts who worked for the California Department of Transportation. He was looking for a way to warn motorists when they wandered out of their lanes.

Botts came up with a raised dome that could be made out of plastic, ceramic, or polyester. While proud of his dome invention, he actually thought the best thing he invented was the glue to keep the Botts Dots stuck to the pavement. The glue worked so well that some of the dots have been in place for more than 30 years.

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