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* News Release *
Thursday, December 14, 2006
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens presented an updated model of the Butler County Thoroughfare Plan to County Commissioners at a public hearing this morning. The Plan, which is still officially in draft form, is a master plan for the County's rapidly expanding roadway grid. Designed to provide Butler County citizens with a safe, diversified, and more efficient transportation system, this comprehensive countywide Thoroughfare Plan will be a long-range project planning and development tool for BCEO engineers as well as all County, city, and township planners.

"The plan strives for a united, orderly approach to improving our transportation infrastructure," Wilkens said. "We have identified and prioritized road projects in Butler County through the next twenty plus years. While there may be a few dream projects, most of what's in this Plan is realistic and very attainable as long as the appropriate funding falls into place. Of course, the timelines are approximate and subject to modification based on changing needs, shifting traffic patterns, and available revenue. This will be a dynamic and working document, not something that will sit on the shelf collecting dust."

To help oversee and provide direction for the huge task of updating the Plan, Wilkens assembled a team of community leaders to serve on an advisory committee. This diverse group was comprised of various County, city, and township officials as well as representatives from OKI (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments) and the private sector. They would eventually be assigned to subcommittees that were responsible for development of proposed projects, technical counsel, and integration of bikeway and pedestrian facilities.

Once adopted, the revised Thoroughfare Plan will replace the 1994 version which Wilkens was also instrumental in developing while with the County Engineer's Office. A second public hearing will be held by the Butler County Commissioners on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. After that, any necessary adjustments will be made and the document will be finalized. Wilkens said he hopes to see the Thoroughfare Plan update officially adopted in early 2007.

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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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