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* News Release *
 
Thursday, May 26, 2011
For Immediate Release

TRENTON / BUSENBARK INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT
INCLUDES NEW ROUNDABOUT AND TIE-IN TO NEW EDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Phase 1 Closure June 6
St. Clair Township

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 second phase.

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.

Road Closures 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.

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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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