The Butler County Engineer's
Office has received honors for another of its expanding lineup
of roundabouts. County Engineer Greg Wilkens accepted an award
this week from the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)
for the Trenton Road at Busenbark / Riverside Drive project completed
last year. The ASHE Regional Project-of-the-Year Award recognizes
this innovative BCEO project in the category of construction
projects costing under $3 million.
The Trenton Road roundabout
in St. Clair Township was designed and built in conjunction with
the new Edgewood High School. Situated on the roundabout's west
side, the new school's primary access drive connects to the roundabout
hub, easing traffic into and out of the school in a safe, efficient
manner. The project also addressed the skewed and offset approaches
of the three intersecting roads at this location. "It was
an awkward and sometimes confusing situation for motorists, especially
those not familiar with the area," said Wilkens. "We've
had great success with modern roundabouts elsewhere in the County
and felt that this was the safest, most cost-effective solution
for the Trenton Road at Busenbark and Riverside Drive intersection.
It has provided a safer situation for student drivers, pedestrians,
and the traveling public."
from contractor W.G. Stang, Inc. LLC of Hamilton completed the
project in just over two months, performing the work during the
summer when school was not in session. The final cost of the
project was $695,698.
Wilkens notes that
this was the fourth roundabout built on the Butler County roadway
system. A fifth was completed earlier this year in Liberty Township
and two more are slated for 2013. "The modern roundabout
has proven to be an excellent option," he said. "We're
pleased that the ASHE selection committee recognized the uniqueness
of this particular project based on our sensitivity to environmental
issues, forward thinking design, and the collaborative funding
effort with the local school district."
Roadway and bridge
projects are submitted for the award based upon unique characteristics
and difficult challenges such as special construction techniques,
maintenance of traffic, and funding and right-of-way issues.
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- ASHE award
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