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
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."
to view the location and project plan overlay on an aerial photograph
of the existing area.
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
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
Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S.,
Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 Fax 513.867.5849