Last spring the Trenton
Road roundabout at Busenbark Road and Riverside Drive was officially
named the Richter Roundabout through the efforts of Butler County
Engineer Greg Wilkens. The naming was in conjunction with Friends
of Chrisholm, a local non-profit organization dedicated to preservation
of the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead near Trenton, and to promoting
the history of immigration into our area by Amish Mennonites, of
which Charles Richter was a descendant.
In recognition of Wilkens'
effort, representatives of Friends of Chrisholm awarded him with
their 2013 "Exceptional Friend Award" for his work
in naming and signing the roundabout. Hamilton Journal-News reporter
Richard O. Jones was also a recipient of the award for a series
of stories he wrote about Richter and the roundabout.
Richter, who grew up
on a Wehr Road farm in the early 1900s near today's roundabout,
developed the Richter scale for rating earthquake severity by
measuring the shock waves they produce. Although the Richter
scale is still in use, very few Butler Countians are aware that
Richter was a local native.
Friends of Chrisholm
seeks to change that through recent efforts to declare each April
26 Charles Richter Day and by their work with County Engineer
Wilkens to name the nearby roundabout in Richter's honor.
Also a Technical Accomplishment
This isn't the first
recognition the roundabout has received. Last year Wilkens accepted
the Regional Project-of-the-Year Award from the American Society
of Highway Engineers (ASHE) for innovative construction projects
costing under $3 million. Final cost of the Richter Roundabout
was $695,698, funded in part by the Edgewood School District.
Built during the summer
of 2011, the roundabout smooths traffic flow from three different
roads as well as the new Edgewood High School and creates a safer,
more efficient passage for motorists.
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.
The project also addressed the skewed and offset approaches of
the three intersecting roads at this location. Said Wilkens upon
receiving the ASHE award last year: "It was an awkward and
sometimes confusing situation for motorists, especially those
not familiar with the area. 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
- Click on images
- Anne Jantzen,
Bill McKnight present award to Wilkens
- Richter Roundabout
- Nearby Ohio
historical marker recognizing Charles Richter
- Previous condition
with project plan overlay
- ASHE award