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* News Release *
 
Thursday, August 6, 2009
For Immediate Release

BEISSINGER ROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS BEGIN
BEISSINGER AND EATON ROADS TO CLOSE
St. Clair Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that roadway improvements to Beissinger Road are slated to get under way August 17, 2009. Construction will be in two phases. The first involves widening the Beissinger / Eaton Road intersection and replacing a culvert across Eaton Road. Once this phase is complete, crews will work to ease the hazardous S-curves on Beissinger west of Eaton. Approximately 1,435 feet of roadway will undergo a horizontal and vertical realignment, according to Wilkens. This phase of the project also includes widening the shoulders, two culvert removals and one replacement, and making drainage improvements.

A construction contract for the project was awarded to Broshear Construction of Ross Township which submitted a low bid of $602,644. State OPWC funds and local BCEO funds will be utilized to pay for the project.

All work is scheduled for completion by mid-December 2009, weather permitting.

Road Closure Phasing and Maintenance of Traffic

There will be two road closings associated with this project. The phasing will be as follows:

CLOSING 1 -- Starting August 17, 2009, the south leg of Eaton Road will close at the Beissinger / Eaton Road intersection. This closure is necessary for a culvert installation. The north, west, and east legs will remain open; however, crews will be working in the intersection and motorists may encounter occasional short delays. The south leg of Eaton Road is tentatively scheduled to reopen the first week of September at which time construction crews will move to Beissinger Road just west of Eaton.

Detour: Northbound Eaton Road / Eaton Avenue traffic will detour west on Washington Boulevard, northwest on Ohio 177 (Main Street / Hamilton Richmond Road), and east on Beissinger Road. Southbound traffic will reverse this route.

CLOSING 2 -- Beissinger Road west of Eaton Road will close after the south leg of Eaton is reopened. This closure is expected to remain in effect until the week of December 14, 2009. Detours will be posted for all thru traffic but local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and emergency vehicles; however, local access will be limited to either the west or east side of the culverts when they are being replaced, depending upon one's location.

Detour: Eastbound Beissinger Road traffic will detour southeast on Ohio 177 (Hamilton Richmond Road / Main Street), east on Washington Boulevard, and north on Eaton Avenue / Eaton 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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