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* News Release *
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
For Immediate Release

Liberty / West Chester Townships

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that a $2.4 million upgrade to Hamilton Mason Road is slated to begin this Monday. Straddling the Liberty / West Chester Township line, the 0.6 mile stretch of roadway will be widened from Cincinnati Dayton Road west to near the Norfolk & Southern Railroad overpass.

"This is another project designed to improve safety and traffic flow in a rapidly developing area," said Wilkens. "We are fortunate to be ahead of the traffic curve on this one, so to speak, since most conventional funding mechanisms are designed to resolve existing issues. In this case we were able to implement local TIF money (Tax Increment Financing) to fund the project now and address the need earlier rather than later. This is also beneficial to the developing Liberty Interchange project and related improvements to Hamilton Mason Road east of here."

Specifically, plans call for widening Hamilton Mason Road to five lanes from Cincinnati Dayton Road west for 0.4 mile. The road will taper to three lanes for another 0.2 mile where it tapers back to two lanes just east of the railroad overpass. There will be major adjustments to the vertical alignment, thus eliminating several small hills that currently cause sight distance issues.

The project will also include installation of all new sanitary sewer and water mains, two new culverts, curb and gutter, and sidewalk along the entire length on the north side. Signals will be added for safer access to a new commercial and light industrial complex developing on the north side of the road.

A construction contract for the Hamilton Mason Road project was awarded to Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping of Fairfield which submitted a low bid of $2,470,346. Crews will begin clearing and grubbing next week with full construction getting under way by mid-December. All work is slated for completion by late July 2008, weather permitting.

Road Closings and Maintenance of Traffic

There will be four separate closings of Hamilton Mason Road in conjunction with this project. The first will occur in January and is necessary to install a sanitary sewer line across the road. (Note: This is a change from the original news release text. The contractor changed the date from December to January.) The second and third closures are tentatively scheduled for February and involve new culvert installations. Each of the first three closures will be for a length of approximately two days.

The fourth and final closure will be significantly longer and is expected to be in effect from April through July. This closure is necessary for the major portion of the project and involves extensive earth work, cutting down hills, full depth pavement replacement, storm sewer installation, and curb and gutter placement.

During any closure local traffic to homes and businesses will be maintained but all thru traffic will be detoured. Dates of all closures at this time are approximate and weather dependent. Specific information for each closure will be provided by the BCEO as they occur.

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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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