The next in a phased
series of improvements to Liberty Fairfield Road will get under
way starting in early June. Plans call for widening the road
to five lanes from just north of Ohio 4 to the Great Miami River
bridge. The current two lane configuration is no longer adequate
for handling the increased traffic volumes, according to Butler
County Engineer Greg Wilkens.
have become increasingly more common, especially at rush hour,"
he said. "Retail and residential development in the immediate
area as well as to the north in Trenton have placed an increased
demand on this stretch of roadway." Liberty Fairfield Road
and its northward extension, Wayne Madison Road, which it becomes
north of the river, is the primary connection between the growing
Trenton area and bustling southeast Butler County. It is the
only river crossing in that part of the County.
Fairfield Road: Lots of Improvements
This widening project
is one of many improvements to Liberty Fairfield Road in recent
years and more are on the way:
Timeline and Maintenance of Traffic
- A new bridge over
the Great Miami River was completed in 2009 and still stands
as the most expensive bridge project ever on the County road
- In 2013, Liberty Fairfield
was improved from Princeton Road south to the roundabout at Hamilton
Mason Road, which was installed in 2008.
- Last year saw a major
upgrade to the intersection at Ohio 4 which added turn lanes,
increased capacity, and upgraded signalization.
- Additional improvements
will be made to Liberty Fairfield Road south of Route 4 to Millikin
Road in 2016 when the road will be widened to three lanes.
The current project
along Liberty Fairfield Road will begin in early June and is scheduled for completion
in mid-October, weather permitting. There will be no road closures
during construction. Traffic will be maintained at all times.
A contract for the
project was awarded to Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. of Cincinnati
which submitted a low bid of $2,248,314. 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 will be used to round out the balance of the cost.