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* News Release *
Thursday, September 6, 2007
For Immediate Release

Fairfield Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that construction will begin next week on roadway improvements to Gilmore Road in Fairfield Township. The $1.2 million project will widen the road from two to three lanes between the Ohio 129 overpass and Princeton Road. Curb and gutter as well as sidewalks will be added along the entire length of the project. Plans also call for turn lanes at the Princeton Road intersection and replacement of a box culvert.

Wilkens noted that this project is technically the first phase of an even bigger project scheduled for 2008 which involves widening Princeton Road from Bypass 4 to west of Walden Ponds Circle. "Retail growth and development along the Princeton Road corridor is driving the need for additional capacity and safer traffic flow into and out of these new businesses," he said. "We've worked closely with Fairfield Township to develop this two-phase solution and establish a local funding source."

The construction contract for the Gilmore Road project was awarded to Don S. Cisle Contractor, Inc. of Hamilton which submitted a low bid of $1,200,631. Fairfield Township TIF funds will be utilized to pay for 100 percent of the construction cost.

Crews will begin preliminary work next week with full construction getting under way on September 17 at which time it will be necessary to close Gilmore Road. Weather permitting, the project should be completed by mid-December, according to Wilkens.

Road Closing and Maintenance of Traffic

Gilmore Road in Fairfield Township will close 0.5 mile north of Hamilton Mason Road and ten feet south of Princeton Road beginning Monday, September 17, 2007. This is roughly between the Ohio 129 overpass and Princeton Road.

While the road will be closed to all through traffic, local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and emergency vehicles only from the south side (Hamilton Mason Road). There will be no local access from Princeton Road.

Gilmore Road is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of December 17, 2007.

Detour: Northbound Gilmore Road traffic will detour east on Hamilton Mason Road, north on Bypass 4, and west on Princeton Road. Southbound traffic will reverse this route.

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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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