Butler County Engineer
Greg Wilkens says his office is ready to construct its fifth
major roundabout and promised that more are on the way. Crews
will begin work in two weeks at the Kyles Station Road / LeSourdsville
West Chester Road intersection in Liberty Township, necessitating
a closure that will last for most of the summer. "We plan
to start and complete the project while the Lakota Schools are
off for summer break," Wilkens said, referring to Cherokee
Elementary School which is situated on the intersection's southwest
The school also factored
into the BCEO's decision to improve the intersection with a roundabout.
"This intersection doesn't meet the state-mandated criteria
for a four-way stop or a traffic signal," noted BCEO Traffic
Engineer Matt Loeffler. "At the same time we recognized
that something needed to be done so a roundabout is the best
long-term solution. It will provide a low speed intersection
that is safe for motorists and pedestrians alike."
Roundabouts are known
for their traffic calming ability, slowing traffic and efficiently
moving vehicles through an intersection without completely stopping
them. Their proven safety benefits have made roundabouts increasingly
popular, according to Wilkens. "The success of our other
roundabouts and the dynamics at this intersection made the roundabout
a good fit," he said. "And we are planning more. Stayed
Kyles Station Road
at LeSourdsville West Chester Road has experienced increasing
traffic since construction of several nearby subdivisions and
the new school a few years ago. Fortunately, accidents have remained
low but the Engineer's Office says it is being proactive by improving
the intersection now.
A construction contract
was awarded to R.B. Jergens Contractors, Inc. of Vandalia, Ohio
which submitted a low bid of $712,464. Funding will consist of
100 percent local BCEO money.
All work is scheduled
for completion by mid-August, weather permitting.
and Maintenance of Traffic
All four legs of the
Kyles Station Road / LeSourdsville West Chester Road intersection
will close beginning Monday, June 4, 2012 for the roundabout
construction. The intersection is tentatively scheduled to reopen
the week of August 20, 2012.
During this closure,
local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and
emergency vehicles up to the project limits, but motorists will
not be permitted to pass through the actual construction zone.
Detours will be posted for all thru traffic.
Detour for Kyles
Station Road: Eastbound
Kyles Station Road traffic will detour south on Ohio 747, east
on Millikin Road, north on Yankee Road, and west on Kyles Station.
Westbound traffic will reverse this route.
Detour for LeSourdsville
West Chester Road:
Northbound LeSourdsville West Chester Road traffic will detour
east on Millikin Road, north on Yankee Road, west on Hankins
Road, and south on LeSourdsville West Chester. Southbound traffic
will reverse this route.
Motorists are encouraged
to check the Road Closings
page here on the BCEO web site as the best source for possible
date and status changes concerning this closure.