A skewed and awkward
intersection in Ross Township will receive a major safety upgrade
with construction of a new roundabout beginning Monday, June
29. All four legs of the Layhigh Road / Ohio 748 will close for
approximately twelve weeks while crews build the county's eighth
modern roundabout, according to Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens.
The project involves
construction of a single-lane roundabout with lighting, curb,
gutter, and storm sewers. As part of the project, the Kirchling
Road intersection at Ohio 748 will be eliminated. Kirchling will
dead end just before reaching 748 and permanent access to this
section of Kirchling will be via Layhigh Road.
A safety study completed
in 2011 determined that a roundabout would best address the angle
crashes that have occurred at the intersection in the way it
is currently configured. "This project will improve overall
safety and help curb some of the high speeds at the intersection,"
A construction contract
for the project was awarded to Karvo Paving Company of Stow,
Ohio which submitted a low bid of $868,241. A combination of
Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds, State ODOT
funds, and local BCEO money will be used to pay for the project.
All work is scheduled
for completion by mid-September, weather permitting.
and Maintenance of Traffic
All four legs of the
Layhigh / Ohio 748 intersection will close beginning Monday,
June 29, 2015 for the roundabout construction. The intersection
is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of September 14,
2015, weather permitting.
During this closure,
local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and
emergency vehicles up to the project limits, but motorists will
not be permitted to pass through the actual construction zone.
Detours will be posted for all thru traffic.
Detour for Layhigh
Layhigh Road traffic will detour west on Hamilton New London
Road, northwest on Ohio 126, and north on Chapel Road to Layhigh.
Southeastbound traffic will reverse this route.
Detour for Ohio 748: Northeastbound Ohio 748 traffic will
detour northwest on Ohio 126, north on Chapel Road, and east
on Ohio 129 to Ohio 748. Southwestbound traffic will reverse
Motorists are encouraged
to check the Road Closings
page here on the BCEO web site as the best source for possible
date and status changes concerning this closure.