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* News Release *
 
Friday, April 12, 2002
For Immediate Release

TWO MAJOR ROAD PROJECTS UNDER WAY IN WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP
Cox Road to Close April 29
(Closing date revised 4/22/02.)

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that contracts have been awarded for two major road projects in West Chester Township. Improvements to Cox Road and construction of several new streets in conjunction with a new medical complex are now under way.

The Cox Road project involves widening the road from two to five lanes between Tylersville Road and Hamilton Mason Road -- two lanes northbound, two southbound, and a center turn lane, plus the addition of multiple turn lanes at specific intersections. The intersection at Tylersville Road will be also reconfigured and signals will be added at the new University Drive, University Court, the VOA park drive, and Hamilton Mason Road. Additionally, the traffic signal at the entrance to Kohl's on Tylersville Road will be modified as part of the project.

A contract was awarded to SK Construction of Middletown which submitted a low bid of $4,357,518. Butler County Tax Increment Financing (TIF) will be utilized to pay for the Cox Road improvements. When completed in late November, this section of Cox will be upgraded from a township road to a County-maintained road.

"This is considered phase one of a long range plan to extend Cox Road north of Hamilton Mason to Ohio 129, which will be extended east of I-75," Wilkens said. "There are plans for commercial development in that area which will benefit Liberty Township. But providing another access to I-75 will also help alleviate congestion in the vicinity of the Tylersville / I-75 interchange."

The Butler County Engineer's Office is also working closely with the University of Cincinnati Physicians Medical Center to facilitate street construction in their new complex, which is currently being built on the site of the old McGinnis Park off of Cox Road. A contract was awarded by the BCEO to the Armrel Byrnes Company which submitted a low bid of $1,534,458 for the construction of University Drive, University Court, and Cox Lane.

Scheduled for completion by the end of June, the project is also being funded through a Butler County TIF.

Cox Road To Close

Cox Road will close to thru traffic during construction; however, access to local businesses will be maintained. Beginning Monday, April 29, 2002 (closing date revised 4/22/02), the road will be closed between Tylersville Road and the VOA park entrance. Access to the VOA, Service Center Drive, and all points north will be from Hamilton Mason Road.

The posted detour will re-route northbound Cox Road traffic east on Tylersville Road, north on Butler Warren Road, and west on Hamilton Mason Road. Southbound Cox Road 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 this closure.

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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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