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* News Release *
 
Monday, December 22, 2014
For Immediate Release

ENGINEER'S OFFICE PLANNING IMPROVEMENTS TO
LAYHIGH ROAD AT OHIO 748 INTERSECTION

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that his office is planning to improve the Layhigh Road at Ohio 748 intersection in Ross Township. Slated for construction next summer, engineering and design are complete with utility relocations expected to get under way in the next few months.

The proposed project involves construction of a single-lane roundabout. Modern roundabouts have a proven track record of success, eliminate conflict points, act as traffic calming devices, and statistically result in fewer and less serious accidents. As part of the project, the nearby Kirchling Road intersection at SR 748 will be eliminated. Kirchling will dead end just before reaching SR 748 and permanent access to this section of Kirchling will be via Layhigh Road.

The purpose of the Layhigh/748 project is to improve overall safety at this intersection. A safety study completed in 2011 determined that a roundabout would best address the angle crashes which now occur at the intersection in the way it is currently configured. Construction for the project is anticipated to begin in June 2015 and last approximately three months.

During the construction phase, all four legs of the intersection will be closed to thru traffic. Detours will be in effect and clearly posted. Maximum detour length will be about 9.5 miles.

Present estimates put the project cost at around $800,000. Funding will consist of Federal and State OPWC grant money. Although the intersection is technically ODOT's since Ohio 748 is a state route, the Butler County Engineer's Office has taken the lead in developing this project in an effort to expedite construction. ODOT helped secure the Federal funds.

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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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