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* News Release *
Thursday, September 2, 2004
For Immediate Release

Fairfield Township

The Butler County Engineer's Office reports that the Princeton Road widening project in Fairfield Township is progressing smoothly with major construction scheduled to be completed by the end of the month. Plans originally called for the road to be reopened during the second week of September while crews continued to work under traffic. In an effort to complete the entire project as quickly and safely as possible, the road will remain closed through October 1, 2004.

"This will allow the overall project to be completed sooner," said Denny Krall, BCEO Engineering Deputy. "But even more importantly, it will allow construction crews to work under safer conditions and will be much safer for motorists who won't have to dodge construction equipment. Under this plan, once the road reopens the entire project will be complete, with the exception of some minor off road work such as grading and seeding." Krall also emphasized that work inside the new Bridgewater Falls development will still be under way.

Princeton Road is being widened from two to five lanes in conjunction with the new shopping complex which includes several major new stores, including Target and a possible movie theater. All concrete work along Princeton is now complete, including sidewalk installations and curb and gutter. Crews are currently applying the leveling course of asphalt from Bypass 4 to Morris Road. Signals and loop detectors will be installed with final paving and striping slated for the week of September 20. "We will then be able to get the construction crews out of the roadway before the first store opens in Bridgewater Falls," Krall added. "We're very concerned about the safety of the crews and the traveling public. The new shopping complex will generate a lot of traffic." Target is scheduled for a grand opening on October 10, with a soft opening on October 6.

The Princeton Road improvements are being performed by Don S. Cisle Contractor, Inc. of Hamilton, which submitted a low bid of $3,563,805.75. One-hundred percent of the project funding consists of a Fairfield Township TIF (Tax Increment Financing).

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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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