Long anticipated improvements
to a heavily traveled section of Butler Warren Road are about
to get under way, according to officials from the Butler and
Warren County Engineer's Offices. Construction is slated to start
on the first phase beginning February 27 which will require closing
the road between Tylersville Road and Liberty Way / Mason Road
for a period of about four months.
The full project involves
widening 2.2 miles of Butler Warren from two to five lanes between
Tylersville Road and Bethany Road, thereby creating two northbound
and southbound lanes plus a center turn lane. Plans also call
for adding curb and gutter and building a shared use path along
the west side of the road from Tylersville to Sweet Briar Drive.
A sidewalk will also be added on the east side from Mason Road
to Hampton Cove Court.
The new design addresses
capacity issues inherent with the growth in the area, allowing
for smoother, more efficient traffic flow. It will also facilitate
safer pedestrian and bike travel, especially with the adjacent
VOA MetroPark and large number of nearby subdivisions.
Since Butler Warren
Road straddles the county line, the Engineer's Offices from both
Warren and Butler Counties have been working together for many
years to address the unique requirements specific to this project.
Officials from West Chester, Liberty, and Deerfield Townships
and the City of Mason have also had some involvement as well
as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). "This is
a major upgrade that has taken many years to prepare due to the
number of different jurisdictions involved, complicated right-of-way
clearances, and a complex system of utility relocations necessary
before construction could even begin," said Butler County
Engineer Greg Wilkens.
A public input meeting
was held in June 2008 to present preliminary engineering and
environmental plans in order to solicit feedback from local residents
and motorists. Final plans were then developed and construction
was to begin in 2011, but utility relocations were delayed when
utility companies had to send local crews to help rebuild tornado-ravaged
areas in Alabama and Missouri. As utility relocations finally
resumed last fall, Wilkens and Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison
agreed that it would be best to postpone starting the project
until the following construction season to avoid unnecessary
prolonged road closures and down time related to winter weather.
The majority of the
work is scheduled for completion by late 2012, weather permitting;
however, final paving, construction of the multi-use path, and
general cleanup are slated for spring 2013. Any work-related
road closures are expected to occur this year only.
A contract for construction
was awarded last year to the John R. Jurgenson Company of Cincinnati
which submitted a low bid of $9,971,021. Federal LPA and State
OPWC grant money along with local matching funds from Butler
and Warren Counties will be utilized to pay for the project.
Phasing, Road Closures, and Maintenance of Traffic
The Butler Warren Road
improvement will be accomplished in four phases. Only the first
phase will involve an extended road closure. After that, the
remainder of the work will be performed under traffic with only
a few short closures anticipated during Phase 3.
Project phasing and
closure information is as follows. All dates are approximate
and may be adjusted as construction develops:
PHASE 1 -- Starting February 27, 2012,
Butler Warren Road will be closed and rebuilt from 450 feet north
of Tylersville Road to just south of Liberty Way / Mason Road.
During this closure, businesses at the corner of Tylersville
and Butler Warren will maintain access from Tylersville Road;
however, residential access on Butler Warren within the closure
area will be maintained from the north (Liberty Way / Mason Road)
end only. Phase 1 completion is tentatively scheduled for early
summer 2012 at which time the road will reopen.
Detour for PHASE
Butler Warren Road traffic will detour west on Tylersville Road,
north on Cox Road, and east on Liberty Way. Southbound traffic
will reverse this route.
PHASE 2 -- Start early summer 2012.
This phase involves reconstruction of the intersection at Butler
Warren Road and Liberty Way / Mason Road. No closures anticipated.
All work to be performed while thru traffic is maintained. Phase
2 completion tentatively scheduled for mid-summer 2012.
PHASE 3 -- Start mid-summer 2012.
Involves rebuilding the section of Butler Warren Road from Liberty
Way / Mason Road north to Bethany Road. The intersection at Bethany
Road will also be completely reconstructed during this phase.
Potential for several short 2-3 day closures to replace small
bridge structures. Separate and specific news releases with detour
information will be issued for any closures before they occur.
This phase is the most complicated portion of the overall project
with expected completion in November 2012.
PHASE 4 -- Final phase to be completed
in spring 2013. This phase includes construction of the new multi-use
hike-bike path on the west side of the road, final paving and
lane striping throughout the entire project length, and placement
of reflective pavement markings. No road closures are anticipated
for this phase although final paving may require temporary lane
Motorists are encouraged
to check the BCEO and Warren County Engineer's web sites for
possible date and status changes concerning this project and
associated road closures.