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* News Release *
Friday, May 17, 2013
For Immediate Release

Construction Begins Next Week

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that one of Butler County's most congested intersections is set to receive a significant upgrade beginning Monday. Ohio 4 at Liberty Fairfield Road, located on the Liberty / Fairfield Township border, has been the site of rapid commercial and retail growth over the past decade. That combined with increased residential development in the surrounding area has caused the intersection to surpass its current design capacity, creating a pressing need for improvements.

"The project will enhance safety and reduce congestion at the intersection, which experiences daily rush hour backups, especially in the afternoon," said Wilkens. "By increasing capacity and promoting smoother traffic flow we hope to reduce the potential for accidents." The crash rate at Liberty Fairfield and Ohio 4 is greater than the state average for similar facilities. Over 40,000 vehicles a day pass through the intersection making it one of the busiest in the unincorporated portions of Butler County.

Specifically, the project will add two thru lanes (one in each direction) on Liberty Fairfield Road, add a left turn lane on eastbound Ohio 4 to create dual left turn lanes onto northbound Liberty Fairfield Road (these lanes will also be lengthened to increase storage capacity), and upgrade the signals and other traffic control items. Additionally, a sidewalk will be constructed along the north side of Ohio 4 with crosswalks added to the north and east legs.

Although the intersection is technically ODOT's since Ohio 4 is a state route, the Butler County Engineer's Office has taken the lead in developing the project. "Since this is one of our larger, busier intersections we felt the need to expedite work more quickly," Wilkens pointed out. "This project also fits into our overall plans to widen Liberty Fairfield Road north to the Great Miami River and south to Millikin Road. It made sense to look at the whole picture and consider these adjoining projects in conjunction with the need for this one."

The proposed Liberty Fairfield Road upgrade to the north is slated for 2014 and will widen it to five lanes. Three lanes are being planned for the road southward in 2016. Federal funds have been secured for both of those projects.

Construction and Maintenance of Traffic

Work on the Ohio 4 / Liberty Fairfield Road intersection will officially begin next Monday, May 20, though motorists have probably already noticed utility crews performing utility relocations for the past several months. There are no road closures planned during the construction period; however, occasional single lane closures are possible. Access to all businesses in the area will also be maintained. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the intersection.

The project is tentatively scheduled for completion in early October, weather permitting.

A construction contract for the project was awarded to R.B. Jergens Contractors, Inc. of Vandalia, Ohio which submitted a low bid of $2,392,927. Funding will consist of Federal and State OPWC funds along with local BCEO match money. The Federal grant was secured through the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI).

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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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