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* News Release *
 
Thursday, April 26, 2007
For Immediate Release

BCEO ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WINS AWARD
Stillwell Beckett Road at Woods Station

The Butler County Engineer's Office has received a special award from the American Society of Highway Engineer's (ASHE) for improvements to the Stillwell Beckett / Woods Station Road intersection in Reily Township. This major safety upgrade was granted the 2006 Donald C. Schramm Transportation Improvement Award in the category of projects with a construction cost of under $2 million.

Completed last year, the project realigned Stillwell Beckett Road, eliminating a dangerous curve where Woods Station intersects. "The entire intersection was completely reconfigured making it much safer for the traveling public," said Wilkens. "We're proud that ASHE has recognized the scope of this project and its significance to the local area."

Projects are submitted for the Schramm Award based upon unique characteristics and difficult challenges such as special construction techniques, maintenance of traffic, and funding and right-of-way issues. "This project did present an interesting set of circumstances that we were able to work very much in our favor for the benefit of the taxpayers and motorists," Wilkens noted. "Much of the credit goes to our Design, Right-of-Way, and Construction Departments for the way they worked together to make this project happen in such an efficient manner."

The Stillwell Beckett Road project was the second major safety improvement in the immediate area in recent years. The BCEO originally eliminated two dangerous railroad crossings at Law and Pierson Roads and completely realigned what is now Woods Station Road while significantly upgrading the Woods Station railroad crossing.

  • Click here to view the project plan overlay on an aerial photo.
  • Click here to view photos of the construction and finished 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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