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* News Release *
 
Thursday, May 1, 2014
For Immediate Release

CINCINNATI DAYTON ROAD AT OHIO 129 TO GET MAJOR UPGRADE
Work Begins May 12

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.

This multi-dimensional 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.

"These upgrades 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.

Purpose and Need

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."

Construction 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 in effect.

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.

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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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