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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
For Immediate Release

HAMILTON MASON ROAD CLOSING
ROADWAY IMPROVEMENT CONTINUES WEST OF CIN DAY ROAD
Liberty / West Chester Township line

A project begun late last fall gets into full swing next week when Hamilton Mason Road closes between Mauds Hughes Road and Cincinnati Dayton Road. A $2.4 million upgrade is under way to widen a 0.6 mile stretch of the road from Cincinnati Dayton Road west to near the Norfolk & Southern Railroad overpass.

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 also includes 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.

Work got started on the project last November and the road was closed briefly earlier this year for sanitary sewer installations. The upcoming closure will be in effect for approximately seven to eight weeks to enable crews to install new culvert pipes across the road and perform grading and dirt work for the additional lanes and to eliminate the problematic hills.

A construction contract for the project was awarded to Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping of Fairfield which submitted a low bid of $2,470,346. All work is slated for completion by late July 2008, weather permitting.

Road Closing and Maintenance of Traffic

Hamilton Mason Road will close 0.3 mile east of Mauds Hughes Road and 100 feet west of Cincinnati Dayton Road beginning Tuesday, May 27, 2008. During this closure, local access will be maintained to residents and businesses, although access may be restricted to either the east or west side depending upon one's location relative to the work being performed. Detours will be posted for all thru traffic.

The road is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of July 14, 2008.

Detour: Eastbound Hamilton Mason Road traffic will detour north on Ohio 747, east on Ohio 129, and south on Cincinnati Dayton Road. Westbound traffic will reverse this route.

Motorists are encouraged to check the BCEO web site as the best source for possible date and status changes concerning this closure.

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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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