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.
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.
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.