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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
For Immediate Release

MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION OF CINCINNATI DAYTON ROAD BEGINS
ROAD TO CLOSE MAY 2
Liberty Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that a major roadway improvement is slated to begin next week on Cincinnati Dayton Road in Liberty Township. The project will involve a complete reconstruction of the road between Liberty One Drive and Millikin Road, an approximate two-mile stretch.

Plans call for the road to be widened by adding a middle turn lane, but there is much more to the project, according to Wilkens. "The center turning lane will relieve backups by providing a safe storage area for vehicles making left turns, thus allowing traffic to continue moving freely. But motorists and local residents will also notice the addition of curb and gutter through the Bethany area as well as upgraded traffic signals. Other important but less obvious work will include the replacement of a bridge and several culverts, the installation of a new storm sewer system, and almost $1 million in water line reconstruction."

Wilkens added that several small hills will be cut down between Princeton and Millikin Roads. This will necessitate closing the roadway for a period of about three months. Additional but shorter closures will also be required along the portion south of Princeton Road for bridge and culvert work. These closures will occur separately and will not be simultaneous.

The construction contract for the project was awarded to SK Construction of Middletown which submitted a low bid of $4,252,476. Federal LPA funds will be utilized by the Butler County Engineer's Office to help pay for 80 percent of the project's cost. The remaining local match amount consists of BCEO funds.

Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2007, this project has been in the works for many years, Wilkens noted. "The first public meeting was held back in 2001 to unveil the project concept and initial design plans. We've since taken the public input received at that meeting, developed final plans, initiated utility relocations, and completed the lengthy process of right-of-way acquisition. When construction is finished, the road will provide a safer, more efficient traffic flow that better accommodates the growth and development in that area. This is a good project for Liberty Township and the 15,000 motorists who use the road daily."

Click here to view the location and project plan overlay on an aerial photograph of the existing area.

Road Closing Info

Cincinnati Dayton Road in Liberty Township will close ten feet north of Princeton Road and ten feet south of Millikin Road beginning Tuesday, May 2, 2006 in conjunction with the above mentioned project. The road will be closed to through traffic. Local access will be maintained for all residents and businesses as well as emergency vehicles from the Princeton Road side during the first three to five weeks of this closure. There will be no access from Millikin Road. At some point, local access will switch from Princeton Road to the Millikin Road side.

This section of Cincinnati Dayton Road is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of July 31, 2006. Additional closures will occur in the project area south of Princeton Road at later dates. The BCEO will issue further news releases to announce these closures before they occur.

Detour: Northbound Cincinnati Dayton Road traffic will detour west on Princeton Road, north on Yankee Road, and east on Millikin Road. Southbound traffic will reverse this route.

Motorists are encouraged to check the Road Closings page here on the BCEO web site as the best source for possible date and status changes concerning this and future closures.

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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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