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* News Release *
 
Thursday, May 29, 2003
For Immediate Release

NEW 2003 BUTLER COUNTY MAP RELEASED

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces the release of the new 2003 Official Butler County Transportation Map. The map is thoroughly updated with new annexations, incorporations, and road additions, including private streets. The trademark user-friendly booklet format continues, with each Township and its major cities represented on individual pages for greater detail. Golf courses are now highlighted in green and depict the entire course. Landmarks, including cemeteries, schools, museums and retail shopping, are also illustrated on the new map. Overviews of Butler County's 22 MetroParks are again included, but, new to this map, are city and township parks.

Perhaps the most obvious change is the addition of color for a nicer appearance and easier readability. "The color changes and graphic additions really enhance this map and give it greater depth," according to Wilkens. "The road names and communities are easier to find and read because of these changes. We are a fast-growing, fast-paced society, and we have plenty of motorists who need to get from point A to point B quickly. Our new map will better enable them to do this."

The BCEO teamed up with Engel's Maps to do the cartography and local graphic design artist Bill Honeycutt for the artwork and layout. "We put a team together that has helped us produce what I believe to be the finest Butler County map ever," Wilkens said.

The new 2003 Official Butler County Transportation Maps are available to the general public at no charge and can be obtained at the Butler County Engineer's Office, the Butler County Government Services Center, and various other locations throughout Butler County. To obtain a copy of the new map by mail, click here.

New Map To Be Issued Annually

The Official Butler County Transportation Map will now be published annually versus every two years. Wilkens noted that "due to Butler County's rapid growth and the addition of so many new roads, Butler County citizens would be better served by printing a map every year instead of every other year."

By issuing an updated map every year, citizens will be able to have updated information readily available. Moreover, "we looked very hard at the cost of printing the maps every year compared to every two years," Wilkens said, "and we found it is just as cost-efficient to issue 50,000 maps every year as it is to print 100,000 every two years, because there should be fewer left over." New maps tend to go quickly in the first year but requests taper off during the second year.

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For more information contact:

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


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