Butler County Engineer
Greg Wilkens reports that construction will begin August 24 on
a new roundabout at Eaton and Beissinger Roads. The intersection
is located in St. Clair Township at the north edge of the Hamilton
city limits. This will become the County's ninth modern roundabout
and the second to be installed this year. A roundabout is currently
being built at Layhigh Road and Ohio 748 in Ross Township. That
project is expected to be completed next month.
The intersection at
Eaton Road and Beissinger Road will get a single-lane roundabout
with raised profiles, lighting, curb, gutter, and storm sewers
for improved drainage. BCEO engineers have designed the project
to address various issues at the intersection including sight
distance problems and a recent increase in accidents. While not
the answer for every intersection, a roundabout was determined
to be the least costly and most effective solution at this location
due to the roundabout's smaller "footprint," which
requires less land and right-of-way acquisition, plus the roundabout's
inherent safety features.
"Signals and stop
signs do not guarantee that motorists will stop," noted
Wilkens. "Roundabouts act as traffic calming devices which
force drivers to slow down. Any accidents that may occur are
almost always less severe." The County Engineer's Office
has compiled statistics for its roundabouts to date and found
that they have resulted in a 70 percent reduction in overall
crashes, 80 percent fewer injury crashes, and a 100 percent reduction
in serious and fatal crashes.
Wilkens added that
"roundabouts are not only safer, but we've found that motorists
tend to like roundabouts over signalized or two-way/four-way
stops because traffic continues to flow, albeit a bit slower,
versus stopping and waiting for a light to change or for traffic
to clear. And they feel safer."
A construction contract
for the Eaton at Beissinger project was awarded to W.G. Stang,
LLC of Hamilton which submitted a low bid of $763,452. A combination
of State OPWC funds and local BCEO money will be used to pay
for the project.
All work is scheduled
for completion by early November, weather permitting.
and Maintenance of Traffic
All four legs of the
Eaton Road / Beissinger Road intersection will close beginning
Monday, August 24, 2015 for the roundabout construction. The
intersection is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of November
2, 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 Eaton
Eaton Road traffic will detour west on Washington Boulevard in
the City of Hamilton, northwest on Ohio 177, east on Scott Road,
south on Huston Road, and east on Taylor School Road to Eaton
Road. Southbound traffic will reverse this route.
Detour for Beissinger Road: Eastbound Beissinger Road
traffic will detour southeast on Ohio 177 into the City of Hamilton,
east on Washington Boulevard, and north on West Elkton Road to
Beissinger. Westbound 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.