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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
For Immediate Release

CINCINNATI DAYTON ROAD WIDENING BEGINS
West Chester Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that improvements to Cincinnati Dayton Road in West Chester Township are scheduled to begin this spring. The $2.3 million project will widen the road from two to three lanes between Crescentville Road and West Chester Road, a length of almost two miles.

Plans call for the road to be widened by adding a center turn lane for left turn movements, widening the existing lanes, and building 8-foot shoulders. There will also be adjustments to the horizontal and vertical alignments of the roadway, including the elimination of two small knobs for improved sight distance and easing of curves, particularly the sharp curve just south of Union Centre Boulevard. One of the final steps will involve interconnecting the traffic signals so they operate in conjunction with each other.

"This will be a significant safety upgrade for a stretch of road that continues to see increasing amounts of traffic," said Wilkens. "The road presently carries about 18,000 vehicles per day. These improvements will help facilitate smoother, safer traffic flow, particularly the center turning lane which will relieve backups by providing a safe storage area for motorists making left turns."

Utility relocations have been under way since last year as crews set new telephone poles back from the roadway and moved above- and below-ground utilities, including electric and cable lines as well as water and gas mains. Regular travelers along Cincinnati Dayton Road will notice brush clearing through April with heavy dirt work starting in early May. The project is tentatively scheduled for completion by late November, weather permitting.

The construction contract for the project was awarded to John R. Jurgensen, Co. of Cincinnati which submitted a low bid of $2,328,770. 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.

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

Road Closings and Maintenance of Traffic

Major construction that involves cutting down the knobs and re-working curves will necessitate closing portions of the road. These closures, which will occur between Gano Road and Union Centre Boulevard, are expected to begin in May and last through November. During any closures emergency vehicles will be allowed access and local traffic will be maintained to businesses and residents only, but all through traffic will be detoured.

Specific road closing details will be issued as they become available. Motorists are encouraged to check the Road Closings page here on the BCEO web site as the best source for road closing information concerning this project and all closures on the Butler County roadway system.

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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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