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* News Release *
 
Monday, December 16, 2002
For Immediate Release

CINCINNATI DAYTON ROAD WIDENING COMPLETE
Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting Held Today

Officials gathered this morning to recognize the completion of the Cincinnati Dayton Road widening in West Chester Township. A joint effort of the Butler County Engineer's Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the $11.9 million project was formally dedicated with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by several public officials and representatives from the local business community.

"This project has been an outstanding example of what can be achieved through strong local communication and cooperation," said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. "I would like to commend ODOT, the Southeastern Butler County (SEBC) Chamber of Commerce, and those from our own office who played a significant role in making this project run smoothly."

Regular public meetings were an important part of the Cincinnati Dayton Road upgrade even before construction began. "Due to the size and local impact of the project, we felt it was critical to keep an open line of communication with residents and businesses from the planning phase through the actual construction phase," Wilkens emphasized.

Monthly and bi-monthly meetings were held to provide construction updates for local property owners and businesses, according to Joe Hinson, SEBC Chamber President and CEO. Sponsored by the Chamber, ODOT, and the BCEO, these meetings were "highly successful in getting critical information out and obtaining feedback from our local citizens and businesses so that any concerns could be immediately addressed," Hinson said. "As a result, this project was well managed with limited traffic delays and inconveniences, due in part to these collaborative efforts. We will be using this same process to communicate the progress of the upcoming I-75 expansion."

Lawrence E. Weisman, P.E., ODOT Construction Engineer added, "The Cincinnati Dayton Road widening has been one of our most successful projects. ODOT is very appreciative of the support and cooperation we have received from everyone."

Smooth Construction and Good Weather

Construction began in 2001 and continued through the winter months last year thanks to mild weather and little snow, according to the project's construction manager Dick Dole, ODOT Transportation Manager. "Last summer's dry weather helped as well," said Dole, who also credited the contractor, C.J. Mahan, and sub-contractor R.B. Jergens, with being responsive to various construction issues affecting motorists and local businesses. "Everyone was very cooperative and tolerant which helped us complete the project on time."

Project Benefits

The Cincinnati Dayton Road improvements will help facilitate a more efficient traffic flow and safer turning movements for motorists, according to Wilkens. "The increased number of lanes will help reduce congestion and the new traffic signal system will provide a safer and more convenient access into and out of surrounding businesses and neighborhoods."

The project involved widening Cincinnati Dayton Road from two to five lanes between Mauds Hughes Road and I-75, widening the bridge over I-75, and upgrading the intersection at Tylersville Road. A new traffic signal system was installed and the I-75 entrance and exit ramps were also improved. During the two-year construction period, closings and disruptions were held to a minimum. In most cases, crews were able to keep at least two lanes of traffic open and full access to all homes and businesses was maintained at all times.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor, phone 513.867.5744
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer, phone 513.867.5744
Brenda Bradds, ODOT Acting Public Information Officer, phone 800.831.2142, ext 279
Joe Hinson, SEBC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, phone 513.777.3600


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