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* News Release *
Monday, March 11, 2002
rev. September 27, 2002
For Immediate Release

Road To Close March 18

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that full construction of the Port Union Road upgrade is slated to begin next week. The road will be widened to three lanes -- one in each direction plus a center turning lane -- between the Fairfield City line and Ohio 747 in West Chester Township. The project also calls for a hill to be cut down for better visibility, a bridge replacement, improved alignment, and adding wider berms. "The result will be smoother, safer traffic flow," Wilkens said.

A contract was awarded to Don S. Cisle Contractor, Inc. of Hamilton which submitted a low bid of $1,741,727. A combination of State Issue 2 grant money, Butler County, and West Chester Township funds will be utilized to pay for the project.

Motorists may have already noticed utility crews relocating gas, electric, and telephone lines since January in preparation for actual construction. "Cincinnati Bell and Cinergy have had a substantial amount of relocation work with this project," Wilkens noted. "Their cooperation has been a big part of our ongoing success with large projects such as this." Water main relocations will be performed as part of the construction contract.

Closures In Effect For Six Months

Port Union Road will close to thru traffic between Seward Road and Ohio 747 beginning Monday, March 18, 2002. Two separate but concurrent closures will be necessary during construction. The portion west of LeSaint Drive will close first (phase 1). This will eventually be expanded to include east of LeSaint for the remainder of the project. Closures will be in effect through late September 2002 when the project is scheduled for completion. Access to local businesses will be maintained at all times.

(9/27/02 -- The road will reopen in early October 2002 due to phone line relocation delays by Cincinnati Bell. Work on the project will continue through the winter. During this final construction phase, the road will remain open with two lanes and temporary striping until the project is completed next spring.)

During phase 1, eastbound traffic will detour south and east on Thunderbird Lane and north on LeSaint Drive back to Port Union Road. Westbound traffic will reverse this route.

The phase 2 closure will require eastbound traffic to detour south and east on Thunderbird Lane, south on LeSaint Drive, east on Muhlhauser Road, and north on Ohio 747 to Port Union. Westbound traffic will reverse this route.

Motorists are encouraged to check the Road Closings page on the BCEO web site as the best source for possible date and status changes concerning these closures.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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