Butler County Engineer
Greg Wilkens reports that Princeton Road in Liberty Township
is slated for improvements beginning June 4. The vertical profile
will be raised in a section between Ohio 747 and Van Gordon Road
which will improve sight distance and allow the connection of
Alana Place to Princeton Road, providing secondary access into
the Reserves of Liberty subdivision. Additionally, a left turn
lane to Alana Place will be added to westbound Princeton Road.
This project has been
on the drawing board for almost a decade, according to Wilkens.
It was delayed due to a dispute with Texas Gas over a cross country
gas transmission line that runs underneath the roadway at this
location. The line would require additional reinforcement beneath
the proposed widened part of the roadway. At issue however was
who would pay for it. The Engineer's Office contended that Texas
Gas should foot the bill versus Butler County taxpayers, resulting
in a suit against Texas Gas. After several years of delay and
appeals, the courts ultimately agreed with Wilkens and the project
was able to move forward.
Princeton Road was
closed for several weeks last fall while Texas Gas made the necessary
adjustments to their pipeline, thus enabling the roadway improvement
to proceed this year. "We're just happy to get it under
construction and are obviously pleased that the courts sided
on our behalf," Wilkens said. "This project will make
the road safer while enabling the long-awaited connection of
Alana Place to Princeton Road. That in itself will provide relief
to the residents of the Reserves of Liberty who won't have to
enter and exit their neighborhood solely by State Route 747,
which should in turn help 747 in the area of the Route 129 interchange."
A construction contract
for the project was awarded to Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping of Fairfield
which submitted a low bid of $471,109. Funding will consist of
100 percent local BCEO money.
All work is scheduled
for completion by mid-July, weather permitting.
and Maintenance of Traffic
Princeton Road will
close 0.3 mile east of Ohio 747 and 0.4 mile west of Van Gordon
Road for this roadway improvement beginning Monday, June 4, 2012.
The road is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of July
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: Eastbound Princeton Road traffic
will detour north on Ohio 747, east on Millikin Road, south on
Yankee Road, and west on Princeton Road. Westbound 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.