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* News Release *
 
Friday, August 6, 2010
For Immediate Release

ENGINEER'S OFFICE PLANNING IMPROVEMENTS TO
OHIO 4 AT LIBERTY FAIRFIELD ROAD INTERSECTION

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that improvements are coming to one of the area's most congested intersections. Though still three years off, the project will involve significant upgrades to the intersection at Ohio 4 and Liberty Fairfield Road, on the Liberty / Fairfield Township border.

The BCEO has conducted preliminary studies and design for this improvement, which would add two thru lanes (one in each direction) on Liberty Fairfield Road, add a left turn lane on eastbound Ohio 4 to create dual left turn lanes onto Liberty Fairfield Road (these lanes will also be lengthened to increase storage capacity), and upgrade the signals and other traffic control items. Additionally, shoulders will be widened and a sidewalk will be constructed along the north side of Ohio 4.

"These upgrades will significantly improve safety and reduce congestion at the intersection, which experiences daily rush hour backups, especially in the afternoon," said Wilkens. "By increasing capacity and promoting smoother traffic flow we hope to reduce the potential for accidents." The crash rate at Liberty Fairfield and Ohio 4 is greater than the state average for similar facilities. Approximately 43,000 vehicles a day pass through the intersection making it the sixth busiest in the unincorporated portions of Butler County.

"Since this is one of our larger, busier intersections we felt the need to expedite work more quickly," Wilkens pointed out. "Even though this intersection is technically ODOT's (since Ohio 4 is a state route), this project fits into our overall plans to widen Liberty Fairfield Road to four lanes north to the Great Miami River. It makes sense to look at these adjoining projects as one."

A price tag of $4.7 million for the intersection improvement includes right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, and construction. The BCEO has secured a $2.8 million Federal grant through the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) to help pay for the project. Remaining funds will come from the local coffers of the Engineer's Office.

The Liberty Fairfield Road widening to the north is slated for 2014. Federal funds have also been secured for that proposed $3 million project.

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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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