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* News Release *
Thursday, August 2, 2007
For Immediate Release

Madison Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that the intersection of Howe Road and Mosiman Road in Madison Township is being studied for removal of the traffic signal. Beginning August 14, the intersection will become a three-way stop with the installation of STOP signs on all three approaches. The existing signal will revert to a three-way red flash mode and STOP AHEAD warning signs will be placed in advance of the intersection.

Motorists will notice SIGNAL UNDER STUDY FOR REMOVAL signs at the intersection since removal of an existing traffic signal requires that the proposed traffic control alternative undergo a 60-day trial period. During this trial period, the operation and safety of the intersection will be monitored. If proven successful, the STOP signs will remain and the existing signal will be replaced with a permanent single red flashing signal for all three approaches.

The STOP signs will allow traffic on all approaches to safely enter and exit the intersection without reducing the level of service, according to BCEO Traffic Engineer Matt Loeffler. "This intersection has been studied to determine the best, most cost-effective option to remedy the sight distance issue," he said. "The other possibility, removing the hill on Howe Road to the east, would be a very costly and massive undertaking given the relatively low traffic volumes in the area."

Loeffler noted that the existing signal does not meet a federal traffic signal warrant to justify its operation. It was installed sometime in the 1960s to improve the safety of Mosiman Road vehicles turning onto Howe Road but it does not adequately protect left turning vehicles from eastbound Howe Road onto Mosiman. The new STOP signs on all three approaches accompanied by the flashing red signal will meet modern day standards and allow for safer, more comfortable passage by motorists through the intersection.

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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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