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
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
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.