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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
For Immediate Release

LAYHIGH ROAD AT OHIO 748 UPGRADES WITH NEW ROUNDABOUT
Intersection Closing June 29
Ross Township

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," Wilkens said.

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.

Road Closing 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 Road: Northwestbound 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 this route.

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.

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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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