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* News Release *
 
Thursday, May 19, 2016
For Immediate Release

MORE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY FOR LIBERTY FAIRFIELD ROAD
Millikin Road to Randall Drive

Update May 31, 2016: Project rescheduled to begin on June 20, 2016. Original news release below.

The next in a phased series of improvements to Liberty Fairfield Road will get under way May 31, reports Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. Plans call for widening the road between Millikin Road and Randall Drive from its current two-lane configuration to three lanes. The improved roadway will consist of one thru lane in each direction with a center left turn lane. A culvert and water main will also be replaced in conjunction with this project.

Motorists may have already noticed work crews during recent weeks performing utility relocations in preparation for actual road construction. Once the project begins motorists should consider using alternate routes. While the road will officially remain open throughout the majority of the construction phase, high traffic volumes along this stretch of road could lead to significant delays, particularly at rush hour. This increased traffic and the desire to make the road safer are driving factors behind the project, according to Wilkens:

"There is a need to increase the level of service by providing more efficient traffic flow. Retail and residential development in the surrounding area has placed an increased demand on Liberty Fairfield Road, which is designated a major collector / minor arterial along its various stretches. This is a significant north-south route that feeds and collects from many other roads and subdivision streets in eastern Butler County."

Liberty Fairfield Road Ongoing Improvements

This widening project is one of many improvements to Liberty Fairfield Road in recent years:

  • A new bridge over the Great Miami River was completed in 2009 and still stands as the most expensive bridge project ever on the County road system.
  • In 2013, Liberty Fairfield was improved from Princeton Road south to the roundabout at Hamilton Mason Road, which was installed in 2008.
  • Also in 2013, a major upgrade to the intersection at Ohio 4 added turn lanes, increased capacity, and upgraded signals.
  • Liberty Fairfield Road was widened from two lanes to five lanes between Ohio 4 and the Great Miami River bridge in 2014.

A construction contract for the current project has been awarded to the John R. Jurgensen Company of Cincinnati which submitted a low bid of $1,876,518. Funding consists of Federal grant money and local Butler County funds.

All work is scheduled for completion by mid-November, weather permitting.

Maintenance of Traffic and 3-Day Culvert Closure

Liberty Fairfield Road will remain open to thru traffic throughout most of the construction period; however, occasional lane closures may cause significant delays. Flaggers will be present to facilitate movement of traffic during these periods but motorists are strongly encouraged to consider alternate routes.

Local access will be maintained for residents of Liberty Fairfield Road within the construction zone as well as for side streets, including Hickory Glen Drive, Carthel Drive, and Angie Court. Residents of these subdivisions are advised to utilize alternate access into and out their subdivisions if available in order to minimize as much as possible the amount of traffic in the Liberty Fairfield construction zone.

There will be a brief period of approximately three days during which a culvert replacement will require complete closure of Liberty Fairfield Road between Millikin Road and Hickory Glen Drive. During this period residents south of the culvert should access their homes from the Millikin Road side. Residents north of the culvert will approach from the Ohio 4 side. While the estimated timeline for the culvert closure is sometime in late June, the exact dates are not yet known. A separate posting on our web site and news release will be issued once these dates become available. During this closure the posted detour will be as follows:

Northbound Liberty Fairfield Road traffic will detour west on Millikin Road and northeast on Ohio 4 to Liberty Fairfield. Southbound traffic will reverse this route.

Motorists are encouraged to check the Road Closings / Traffic Advisories page here on the BCEO web site as the best source for possible date and status changes concerning this project.

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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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