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* News Release *
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that his office is working on plans to improve Cincinnati Dayton Road at the Ohio 129 interchange in Liberty Township. Slated for construction in 2014, the project is currently in the preliminary engineering phase with environmental studies and early design plans under way.

The proposed improvement will add a lane in each direction from Liberty Centre Drive on the south side of Ohio 129 to Liberty One Drive north of the highway. As part of the project, a new lane will also be added to each exit ramp from Ohio 129 to accommodate left turns, and a new right turn lane will be built on the west leg of Yankee Road. Additionally, new mast arm mounted traffic signals will be installed at the following intersections along Cincinnati Dayton Road: Liberty Centre Drive, eastbound Ohio 129 exit/entry ramps, westbound exit/entry ramps, Yankee Road, and Liberty One Drive.

"These upgrades will greatly improve safety and traffic flow in the area," said Wilkens. "This is vitally important considering the commercial growth and increased traffic counts we've seen, but the presence of the new Children's Hospital and other medical facilities at this location make it absolutely critical that the roads remain free of congestion for emergency vehicles."

Indeed, the official Purpose and Need Statement for this project points out that "the project will reduce idling times at the intersections, which currently experience long delays. Retail, commercial, and residential growth as well as new medical facilities in the area necessitate that roadway planners stay ahead of the growth and accommodate any anticipated traffic pressures accordingly. It is imperative that the highways and roadways in the vicinity of the interchange remain free of congestion and backups to ensure proper emergency response times."

Traffic counts on Cincinnati Dayton Road at the Ohio 129 ramps have increased from roughly 23,000 vehicles per day (vpd) in 2003 to almost 30,000 vpd in 2011. "With more commercial and retail growth planned for the area, those counts can only be expected to climb," Wilkens noted. "We believe that the planned improvements will benefit this highly traveled corridor which feeds the bulk of Liberty Township and its primary business district."

Present estimates put the project cost at nearly $2.5 million, which includes right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, and actual construction. The BCEO has secured a federal grant to pay for the majority of the work while local BCEO funds and private money will be used to round out the balance of the cost.

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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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