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* News Release *
 
Thursday, May 5, 2005
For Immediate Release

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP INTERSECTION TO RECEIVE MAJOR UPGRADE
Construction Begins at Ohio 747 and Princeton Road

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that a major safety improvement to the Ohio 747 at Princeton Road intersection is slated to begin in mid-May. This project will involve the construction of additional through and turn lanes on all four approaches, sight distance improvements, and all new signalization. "The benefits will be smoother, safer traffic flow through the intersection, particularly at rush hour," said Wilkens.

Motorists may have already noticed a lot of work in the area. Crews have been clearing structures and relocating electric poles, gas mains, cable, and telephone lines since January in preparation for actual construction. A substantial water main upgrade is also being performed in conjunction with the project. BCEO Utilities Manager Jerry Garrett noted that all utility relocations will be completed on time despite an eight-week delay in getting started last winter.

A contract for the project was awarded to Don S. Cisle Contractor, Inc. of Hamilton which submitted a low bid of $2,380,082. A combination of funds from Liberty Township, the BCEO, ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation), and the private sector will pay for the project. The majority of funding however will come from a Liberty Township TIF (Tax Increment Financing). Butler County's TID also assisted with right-of-way acquisition.

"This is another great example of cooperation among multi-government entities and the private sector to expedite a much-needed project," Wilkens emphasized. "The fact is, this is a state-maintained intersection and for ODOT to go through the federal process would have taken another three to four years. But when various jurisdictions come together at the local level, good things happen here in Butler County. Liberty Township in particular is to be commended for their commitment to making this project happen."

Liberty Township Administrator Dina Minneci added "The improvements being made to the Princeton / 747 intersection will bring instant relief to a highly congested area. Projects such as this bring an improved quality of life for all those who use these roads. Not only will the township benefit with a more efficient and safer transportation system, but the future development projected for this area will prosper as well. The neighborhood business district being planned at this intersection will bring a tax benefit to Liberty Township residents as well as a convenient shopping destination."

Project Completion and Anticipated Closures
(revised 6/8/05)

Completion of the 747 / Princeton Road intersection project is scheduled for this November, weather permitting. There will be closures of Princeton Road on the west and east legs of the intersection throughout the course of construction. Ohio 747 will remain open at all times; however, traffic will be re-routed across a temporary road for a period of time.

The phasing and timing of the Princeton Road closures will be as follows :

  • 1st closure: Princeton Road, west leg of intersection - closed approximately 110 days;
  • 2nd closure: Princeton Road, east leg of intersection - closed approximately 45 days.

The closing date for the first phase has been set for June 15, 2005. Motorists are encouraged to monitor the Road Closings page here on the BCEO web site for dates and closure information and utilize alternate routes while the closures are in effect.

Note: The Princeton Road closing east of the intersection scheduled for May 16-18, 2005 is for a sanitary sewer installation in conjunction with the project; however, it is not associated with the phased closures listed above.

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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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