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.
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
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
Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S.,
Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 Fax 513.867.5849