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* News Release *
 
Monday, October 10, 2005
For Immediate Release

CINCINNATI DAYTON ROAD - YANKEE ROAD UPGRADE, PHASE 2
Liberty Township

Construction equipment is rolling once again at Cincinnati Dayton and Yankee Roads as crews embark on phase two of a four-phased plan designed to facilitate additional commercial development. Major new businesses slated for the area include a new Kroger and a Children's Hospital campus.

According to Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens, the current phase involves building an additional turn lane on northbound Cincinnati Dayton Road at Yankee, reworking and upgrading Liberty One Drive, and widening Yankee Road to five lanes from Cincinnati Dayton Road west, tapering to three lanes at Dutchland Boulevard. Additionally, the traffic signals at the Cincinnati Dayton / Yankee Road intersection will be upgraded and new signals will be installed at Cincinnati Dayton and Liberty One Drive.

A contract for the current project was awarded to SK Construction of Middletown which submitted a low bid of $1,689,035. Funding will come from a Butler County TIF (Tax Increment Financing) while right-of-way was contributed by interests from the private sector.

Work on the current phase will be completed by June 2006. Most of the work along Cincinnati Dayton Road and to the east will finish up by the end of this year. The Yankee Road portion west of Cincinnati Dayton Road and the new signalization will complete the project by June.

"We couldn't be more excited about this transformation," said Liberty Township Administrator Dina Minneci. "Residents and travelers of Liberty Township will benefit greatly from a more efficient and convenient roadway system. In addition, the business associated with such improvements will assist in alleviating the residential property tax burden and provide services that otherwise may not have been possible, such as the medical facilities associated with Children's Hospital. Extreme makeovers such as this are due to the dedicated and top notch professionals associated with the Butler County Engineer's Office, ODOT, and Butler County."

Noted Wilkens, "As commercial development thrives, the Engineer's Office is in a unique position to provide access to these conveniences. We study traffic patterns that will result from future development and build accordingly. The utilization of Tax Increment Financing allows us to stay ahead of the game by accelerating projects which we could not otherwise afford to build, thereby improving traffic flow and increasing safety on existing roads and establishing new roads where needed."

A Look Back and Future Plans

Land around the Cincinnati Dayton / Yankee Road intersection has seen steady development ever since the Butler County Veterans Highway (Ohio 129) was completed in 1999. Now situated less than a quarter mile from the Highway, the intersection was shifted north when Yankee Road was relocated to make way for the Highway's interchange at Cincinnati Dayton Road.

The area quickly became an attractive location for businesses wishing to locate in Liberty Township. A plan to upgrade the roadways and install new local streets was launched to help accommodate the growth and the additional traffic that would be generated.

Phase one of the plan was completed in 2003 when Yankee Road was extended east of Cincinnati Dayton Road. The $877,000 project was paid for with Butler County TIF funds.

After the second phase is completed next summer, work will begin on phase three which includes looping the Yankee Road extension around to Liberty One Drive and extending Lakota Lane south to connect with Liberty One. In addition to providing the business complex with two outlets to Cincinnati Dayton Road, completion of the third phase will also mean improved traffic flow to and from Lakota East High School since there will be an additional access to the school.

The fourth and final phase is still several years away according to Wilkens, but it will involve adding additional lanes to the exit ramp from westbound Ohio 129 to Cincinnati Dayton Road. The BCEO will be working with the Ohio Department of Transportation on the design and implementation of this project.

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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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