Plans to improve Cincinnati
Dayton Road at the Ohio 129 interchange in Liberty Township have
been in the works for several years and now Butler County Engineer
Greg Wilkens reports that construction is set to get under way
beginning May 12.
project, designed to increase capacity and enhance safety, will
add a lane in each direction from Liberty Centre Drive on the
south side of Ohio 129 to Liberty One Drive north of the highway.
A new lane will also be added to each exit ramp from Ohio 129
to accommodate left turns, and a new right turn lane will be
built on the west leg of Yankee Road. Additionally, new mast
arm mounted traffic signals will be installed at the following
intersections along Cincinnati Dayton Road: Liberty Centre Drive,
eastbound Ohio 129 exit/entry ramps, westbound exit/entry ramps,
Yankee Road, and Liberty One Drive.
will greatly improve safety and traffic flow in the area,"
Wilkens noted in 2012 when the project was officially announced.
"This is vitally important considering the commercial growth
and increased traffic counts we've seen, but the presence of
the new Children's Hospital and other medical facilities at this
location make it absolutely critical that the roads better facilitate
movement of emergency vehicles." At present the Children's
Hospital Liberty Campus is undergoing multiple expansion projects
that are slated for completion in 2016.
The official Purpose
and Need Statement for the Cincinnati Dayton Road improvements
points out that "the project will reduce idling times at
the intersections, which currently experience long delays. Retail,
commercial, and residential growth as well as new medical facilities
in the area necessitate that roadway planners stay ahead of the
growth and accommodate any anticipated traffic pressures accordingly.
It is imperative that the highways and roadways in the vicinity
of the interchange remain free of congestion and backups to ensure
proper emergency response times."
Traffic counts on Cincinnati
Dayton Road at the Ohio 129 ramps increased from roughly 23,000
vehicles per day (vpd) in 2003 to almost 30,000 vpd in 2011.
"With more commercial and retail growth planned for the
area, those counts can only be expected to climb," Wilkens
said. "We believe that these improvements will benefit this
highly traveled corridor which feeds the bulk of Liberty Township
and its primary business district."
Timeline and Maintenance of Traffic
The roadway work at
Cincinnati Dayton Road and Ohio 129 will begin on May 12 and
is scheduled for completion in early September, weather permitting.
There will be no road or ramp closures throughout the construction
period and all lanes will remain open between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00
p.m. each day. During the late night and overnight hours, occasional
lane closures should be expected with one lane, two-way operation
A contract for the
project was awarded to Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. of Cincinnati
which submitted a low bid of $2,468,243. The BCEO secured a federal
grant through OKI (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of
Governments) to pay for the majority of the work while local
BCEO funds and private money will be used to round out the balance
of the cost.