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* News Release *
Monday, May 19, 2008
For Immediate Release

Fairfield Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that construction is slated to begin this week on Princeton Road in Fairfield Township. The $3 million project calls for major roadway improvements from Bypass 4 to Walden Ponds Circle.

Specifically, the road will be widened to four lanes with turn lanes and islands from Winford Drive to Walden Ponds Circle and will taper to two lanes west of Walden Ponds Circle. Crews will also lower the profile of the road by three to four feet at Birdy Drive, east of Gilmore Road, to improve sight distance. Other improvements call for a dedicated right turn lane from eastbound Princeton Road to southbound Bypass 4, adding new signals at the Gilmore Road intersection, upgrading existing signals at Winford Drive, and installing storm sewers and curb and gutter along the entire length of the project.

This project is technically the second phase of a two-part improvement that began with the Gilmore Road widening last year. Wilkens stated at the time: "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. We've worked closely with Fairfield Township to develop this two-phase solution and establish a local funding source."

The construction contract for this year's Princeton Road project was awarded to the John R. Jurgensen Company of Cincinnati which submitted a low bid of $3,096,840. Fairfield Township TIF funds will be utilized to pay for 100 percent of the construction cost.

Utility crews have been relocating poles and underground utilities in the project area for a few months. Actual construction will begin this week as crews lower the roadway just east of Gilmore Road. A temporary road will be built around this area to keep traffic flowing. There are no road closures anticipated with this project although occasional temporary lane closures are possible. Local and thru traffic will be maintained with full access to businesses at all times.

Weather permitting, the project should be completed by late November, according to Wilkens.

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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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