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* News Release *
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Revised June 29, 2011
For Immediate Release

West Chester Township

Motorists who travel a narrow portion of Tylersville Road in West Chester Township are about to see some major improvements, according to Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. The section of roadway through Maud will be upgraded this year to five lanes, eliminating many safety and congestion problems. Work is slated to begin May 9 with most of the work to be performed under traffic; however, an approximate 60-day closure (revised from 45 days) of Tylersville Road can be expected beginning in late June or early July.

Plans call for widening the roadway between Cincinnati Dayton Road and Wetherington Drive from two to five lanes, allowing for two lanes in each direction plus a center turn lane; installing curb and gutter, storm sewers, and a new water main; plus, adjusting the vertical profiile to ease the dips and hills which will help improve sight distance issues. A bridge structure located near the Cedar Creek Drive intersection will also be replaced necessitating the 45-day closure. While the eastern limits of the project extend to Wetherington Drive, extra shoulder width will be added to the roadway all the way to the Plantation Drive / Tylers Place Boulevard intersection.

The project also calls for improvements to Tylersville Road west of Cincinnati Dayton Road. This segment will include widening the road to three lanes by extending the second westbound lane from Cincinnati Dayton to Lakota Hills Drive, plus adding curb and gutter and storm sewers. No closures will be necessary along this stretch.

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

Crews began moving overhead and underground utilities last year in preparation for construction, according to Wilkens: "The majority of utility work is nearly complete which enables us to proceed with actual construction." A contract for construction was awarded to Barrett Paving Materials of Cincinnati which submitted a low bid of $3,037,854. A combination of Federal and State OPWC grant money along with local BCEO matching funds will be utilized to pay for the project.

A Complex Project

The Engineer's Office has been planning and designing the Tylersville Road improvements for about eight years. A public meeting was held in October 2006 to present preliminary engineering and environmental information to the public and solicit feedback before developing final plans. "There are numerous factors which have made this a very complex project to develop," Wilkens explained. "The scope of the project makes it expensive requiring us to secure federal and state grant money. Using federal funds comes with a lot of strings attached so we had to satisfy many very specific environmental and right-of-way requirements. Those alone take a considerable amount of time."

Other factors Wilkens cited include the topography; the narrow corridor and proximity of houses close to the roadway and any associated relocation processes; working with redeveloped areas to minimize the impact of the road widening on businesses and parking lots close to the roadway; and, utility relocations, which involve considerable time and scheduling.

"We've long recognized the need to address this stretch of road which funnels down from five lanes to two going westbound and then opens up again approaching Cincinnati Dayton Road," Wilkens said. "Our staff has worked hard with the local residents and businesses to develop a plan that is hopefully pleasing for everybody. Most importantly, once the project is complete, we will have a much safer road with safer turning movements into and out of businesses, homes, and side streets."

The new design will also address capacity issues, allowing for smoother, more efficient traffic flow. Tylersville Road currently carries approximately 16,000 vehicles per day in this area, according to BCEO Traffic Engineer Matt Loeffler.

Road Closures and Maintenance of Traffic

As noted, traffic will be maintained throughout most of the construction period with full access to all businesses and residences; however, thru traffic should consider alternate routes in an effort to reduce congestion and avoid possible delays.

There will be an approximate 60-day closure (revised from 45 days) of Tylersville Road between Fourth Street and Cedar Creek Drive for a bridge replacement. It will also be necessary to close Third and Fourth Streets in order to adjust and match the new roadway profile where they intersect with Tylersville. These will be closed one at a time, not simultaneously. The Engineer's Office will issue specific closure information about all closures as construction proceeds and details become available.

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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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