Butler County Engineer
Greg Wilkens reports that big intersection improvements are about
to get under way at Trenton Road and Busenbark Road in St. Clair
Township. The upgrade is in conjunction with the Edgewood City
School District which is building a new high school at the location.
Although the new school won't open until August 2012, the road
improvements will be completed this summer. That should give
motorists plenty of time to adjust to the new roadway configuration
which will include a roundabout and turn lane on Busenbark.
The new turn lane will
facilitate entry into the high school's secondary access. Primary
access will be off the new roundabout. A dedicated spoke will
be added turning the Trenton Road / Busenbark Road intersection
from a three-way into a four-way intersection.
"This will resolve
some long-standing issues at the intersection while addressing
needs created by the new high school," said Wilkens. "The
roundabout is designed to ease traffic into and out of the school
in a smooth, efficient manner, eliminating conflict points and
providing a safe mechanism for moving the increased traffic once
the school opens."
The project will be
constructed in two phases beginning with Busenbark Road at the
Trenton intersection and running 1,000 feet north. Crews will
add a turn lane for secondary school access and construct the
northern portion of the roundabout. This phase is expected to
take about a month and a half.
Phase 2 should begin
in approximately late July and will involve completion of the
roundabout, necessitating closure of Trenton Road and nearby
Riverside Drive. Busenbark will also remain closed during this
All work is scheduled
for completion by mid-August, weather permitting.
Construction will be
performed by W.G. Stang, LLC of Hamilton which submitted a low
bid of $650,416. The BCEO leveraged State OPWC money to pay for
42 percent of the project while the remaining funds will be picked
up by the Edgewood City School District.
and Maintenance of Traffic
Phase 1 closure - This phase will involve
Busenbark Road only. Busenbark will close from Trenton Road to
1,000 feet north beginning Monday, June 6, 2011. This closure
will remain in effect through Phase 2 construction.
Phase 2 closure - Involves Busenbark Road,
Trenton Road, and Riverside Drive and will begin in late July
2011. (Specific dates will be issued as construction proceeds
and details become available.) During this phase Busenbark will
remain closed; additionally, Trenton Road will close at the Busenbark
and Riverside Drive intersections.
All roads are tentatively
scheduled to reopen the week of August 15, 2011.
During these closures
access for local residents and businesses will be maintained
up to the project limits but motorists will not be permitted
to pass through the construction zone. Detours will be posted
for all thru traffic.
Access to Busenbark
Road (Phases 1 and 2): All
access to Busenbark Road will be from Ohio 73.
Detour for Trenton
Road and Riverside Drive (Phase 2): Northeastbound traffic on Trenton Road
and Riverside Drive will detour south on U.S. 127, east on Augspurger
Avenue and Augspurger Road, and north on Wayne Madison Road.
Southwestbound traffic will reverse this route.