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* News Release *
 
Thursday, May 21, 2009
For Immediate Release

BECKETT ROAD IMPROVEMENTS SLATED TO BEGIN
West Chester Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that major improvements to Beckett Road are set to get under way beginning May 26, 2009, although no road closures will go into effect until June 15.

Plans call for widening the roadway from Union Centre Boulevard to Smith Road and modifying the sharp curves near Beckett Ridge. Specifically, the road will be widened to three lanes from Union Centre north to the first curve where it will taper back to two lanes and the curve will be eased. The road will again become three lanes from Prairie Lake Boulevard to Smith Road and the curve at Beckett Ridge Boulevard will be eased.

The addition of the third center lane will serve as a turn lane and an additional turn lane will be built at Beckett Park. The west park drive entrance will also be re-located to align with the east park entrance. Improvements will be made to the vertical profile of Beckett Road, easing the hills and removing humps to improve sight distance, particularly at the Beckett Ridge Boulevard intersection.

Additionally, a ten-foot wide multi-use path for pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be constructed along the east side of the road from Beckett Park to Beckett Ridge Boulevard.

A construction contract for the project was awarded to Sunesis Construction of West Chester Township which submitted a low bid of $1,376,594. West Chester Township TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funds are being utilized to pay for 100 percent of the project's cost.

All work is scheduled for completion by early October 2009, weather permitting.

Road Closure Phasing and Maintenance of Traffic

While the Beckett Road construction will be in effect from May through October, motorists will only encounter road closures between June 15 and August 15. The closures will occur in three different phases and will shift as work progresses. Throughout the course of this project, local access will be maintained to residents and businesses, although access will be limited to one side of the main closure area depending upon one's location relative to the phasing and work being performed. Detours will be posted for all thru traffic.

The phasing will be as follows:

PHASE 1 -- Starting June 15, 2009, Beckett Road will be closed between Prairie Lake Boulevard and Beckett Ridge Boulevard. Access to Prairie Lake Boulevard will be from the south side only (Union Centre Boulevard). Access to Beckett Ridge Boulevard will be from the Smith Road side only.

PHASE 2 -- Beckett Road will be closed between Beckett Ridge Boulevard and Smith Road. Access to Beckett Ridge Boulevard and points south will be from Union Centre Boulevard only.

PHASE 3 -- Beckett Road will be closed between Prairie Lake Boulevard and Union Centre Boulevard. Access to Prairie Lake Boulevard and points north will be from the Smith Road side only. Road to reopen by August 15, 2009.

Detour for all phases: Northbound Beckett Road traffic will detour west on Union Centre Boulevard, north on Ohio 747, and east on Smith Road. Southbound 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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