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* News Release *
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Rev. June 12, 2008
Update: August 26, 2008
For Immediate Release

Closures to Occur in Phases

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that major safety improvements to the Ohio 747 / Kyles Station Road intersection are slated to begin on June 16. (Road closures will not go into effect until July 7, 2008. Please see more under Construction Phasing below.)

Plans call for widening the roadway approaches for approximately one-half a mile in each direction from the intersection, adding turn lanes and full paved shoulders, adjusting the vertical alignment of the roadway surfaces to correct sight distance issues, and upgrading the signals.

A construction contract for the project was awarded to SK Construction of Middletown which submitted a low bid of $2,692,412. Liberty Township RID (Residential Incentive District) funds are being utilized to pay for 100 percent of the project's cost.

All work is scheduled for completion by late October 2008, weather permitting.

This project is another in a series of improvements along the Ohio 747 corridor through growing southeast Butler County. The road has been widened to five lanes from the county line north to Princeton Road, and the intersection at Millikin Road was recently upgraded. Once this project is complete, many of the safety issues that once afflicted the roadway will have been eliminated although traffic volume and capacity issues may still need to be addressed for the remaining two-lane portions of the road, according to Wilkens.

"With additional development projected for Liberty Township, we will continue to work with ODOT and the Township to plan any necessary upgrades," he said. "The upcoming improvement to the Kyles Station intersection is certainly a very important step. We are pleased to work with Liberty Township to facilitate a funding source for this much needed safety improvement."

The upgrade to Kyles Station at 747 will be a blessing to the residents and travelers of Liberty Township, noted Liberty Township Administrator Dina Minneci. "The northwest quadrant of the Township has seen significant growth over the last few years, and the intersection will soon be home to the relocated Liberty Township Firehouse #1 and an upscale assisted living complex created by Aspen Trails, LLC," she said. "With its current high usage volume and the traffic that is expected with future developments, the Butler County Engineer’s Office and Liberty Township are working together to proactively improve site distance and driving safety. The BCEO’s proven track record of creating effective and protective roadway systems in a cost efficient manner means that this intersection improvement will provide a higher quality of life and travel for all of Liberty Township."

Work to Occur in Three Phases

Construction of this improvement will occur in three phases with each phase necessitating closure of a certain part of the intersection. At no time will all four legs of the intersection be closed simultaneously; however, each phase will involve closing one or two legs of the intersection. Click here for a printable map which provides a visual explanation of the closure phasing.

Construction Phasing and Maintenance of Traffic

Throughout the course of this project, local access will be maintained to residents and businesses, although access will be restricted to certain sides of the intersection depending upon one's location relative to the phasing and work being performed. Detours will be posted for all thru traffic.

The phasing and approximate dates are as follows:

Note: Dates revised June 12, 2008. Due to recent weather issues, utility companies have had to pull crews off of construction jobs such as this in order to repair and restore utilities damaged by severe storms and tornadoes. Therefore, the utility companies have been unable to complete the preliminary utility relocations necessary before full road work can begin.

PHASE 1 -- Begins July 7, 2008. Ohio 747 north and south legs will be closed for approximately seven weeks. Kyles Station Road east and west legs will remain open. Residents of the Meadows of Aspen Trails subdivision will not be able to access Ohio 747 via Glen Springs Drive. Access into and out of the subdivision will be from Kyles Station Road only via Oak Creek Trail.

PHASE 2 -- Update August 26, 2008: Phase 2 begins September 2, 2008. Kyles Station Road east leg will close for about one month. Kyles Station Road west leg will remain open and Ohio 747 north and south legs will be open. During this phase, there will be no access to Kyles Station Road from Creekside Meadows. Residents of this subdivision will be required to enter and exit through the Estates of Falling Waters. Please see attached map for specific streets.

PHASE 3 -- Begins approximately late September or early October 2008. Kyles Station Road west leg will close for approximately one month. During this phase, Kyles Station Road east leg will be open and Ohio 747 north and south legs will be open.

Construction is expected to be complete and all legs of the intersection open by late October 2008, weather permitting.

Detour during PHASE 1: Northbound Ohio 747 traffic will detour west on Millikin Road, north on Liberty Fairfield Road, and northeast on Ohio 4 to Ohio 747. Southbound traffic will reverse this route.

Detour during PHASE 2: Eastbound Kyles Station Road traffic will detour south on Ohio 747, east on Millikin Road, north on Yankee Road, and west on Kyles Station Road. Westbound traffic will reverse this route.

Detour during PHASE 3: Eastbound Kyles Station Road traffic will detour southwest on Ohio 4, south on Liberty Fairfield Road, east on Millikin Road, and north on Ohio 747 to Kyles Station. 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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