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* News Release *
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
For Immediate Release

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN THE UNION CENTRE AREA
West Chester Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that improvements at Union Centre Boulevard and Muhlhauser Road in West Chester Township are slated to begin next week. The $1.6 million project will improve traffic flow in the growing Union Centre area by increasing lane capacity and upgrading the signals.

Specifically, plans call for additional turn lanes at the intersection, the addition of an eastbound lane on Union Centre from Floer Drive to I-75, new mast arm signals, updated highway signage, and drainage improvements. All four corners will also be made more pedestrian friendly with beautification features such as landscaping and brick pavers.

West Chester Township is funding 100 percent of the project through its Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program. A construction contract was awarded to Sunesis Construction of West Chester Township which submitted a low bid of $1,608,130. The Butler County Engineer's Office was responsible for design and engineering and will oversee construction.

Wilkens said that the project should take about five months to complete, weather permitting: "Motorists will first notice utility crews at work but full road construction will begin in earnest after Memorial Day. The good news is there should be little if any disruption of traffic throughout the course of this project, which will wrap up this fall."

Traffic Maintained

No road closures are scheduled; however, there may be some lane closures that would occur during restricted hours only. Wilkens acknowledged that with nearby Cincinnati Dayton Road closed for major upgrades, traffic detouring over Union Centre and Muhlhauser Road poses a challenge to motorists as well as construction crews. "Everything possible will be done to keep traffic flowing and congestion to a minimum," he said. "But there is no question that this is already a very busy construction season in southeast Butler County. Motorists can help by taking alternate routes and businesses may want to consider staggering their hours."

Nearby Intersections to Receive New Signals

A separate contract to upgrade signals at other nearby intersections will also help facilitate better traffic flow in the Union Centre area. Existing signals are currently being upgraded at Muhlhauser Road and Centre Pointe Drive as well as at Union Centre Boulevard and Civic Centre Boulevard. Additionally, the intersection at Muhlhauser and Floer/Schulze Drive is being signalized as part of the $403,552 contract, which will also be funded through a West Chester Township TIF. BCEO traffic engineers designed the new signals and are managing their installation.

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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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